Speaker: Iran, Syria Should Further Broaden Economic Ties
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf in a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad called for the further development of economic and political relations and cooperation between the two countries.
At present, the most important issue for Tehran and Damascus is to boost mutual economic cooperation, Qalibaf said during the meeting in Tehran on Monday.
“It is evident that enemies of the resistance front are trying to gain through an economic war whatever they failed to obtain in the battlefield, and this is why we must try to be successful in economic and political fields,” he added.
Qalibaf emphasized that Damascus needs to promote intra-Syrian talks to tackle security issues, expressing Iran's readiness to play a role in this regard through the Astana talks.
Mikdad, for his part, stressed that the Syrian government and nation consider Iranian parliament speaker’s visit to the war-ravaged country, which took place in late July, a sign of Iranians’ backing for the Syrian nation and parliament.
Elaborating on the efforts made by Damascus to put an end to occupation of certain regions in the northwestern part of the country, Syria’s top diplomat added, “US occupationism in northeastern and southern parts of Syria is also dangerous and must end.”
“They are trying to impose their dominion and colonialism on our countries through soft war and with the help of their various tools in the region, including nongovernmental organizations that are affiliated to them, economic instruments and paying off certain people,” Mikdad said.
He emphasized that the US was forced to leave certain parts of the region after their failure to advance its goals through terrorism, direct interference in regional countries and establishing military bases, and it is now resorting to other means to achieve its goals.
The Syrian foreign minister said the US has imposed inhumane sanctions on Iran, Syria and other countries in order to bring them to their knees, adding that Washington seeks to obtain whatever it has failed to achieve through military approaches via such bans.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Mikdad said that his country attaches special importance to the development of trade and economic relations with Iran, and called for the removal of sanctions against both states.
“Syria pays special attention to strengthening trade relations with Iran. We welcome any efforts to end the sanctions. We welcome any cooperation with Iran in Syria,” Mikdad said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Tehran.
He also called for the removal of all sanctions against Iran and Syria.
Elsewhere, Mikdad referred to Israel’s attacks against Syria, and said, “These attacks against Syria will not remain unanswered.”
“I assure you that Syria is responding to these aggressions in various ways, including by prosecution of remnants of terrorist groups many of whom are supported by Israel,” he added.
“The Israelis should know that Syria enjoys power to respond to their attacks,” Mikdad warned.
The Syrian foreign minister also held a meeting with Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi in Tehran on Monday.
During the meeting, he conveyed the message of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and invited President Rayeesi to visit the country, saying, "Syria is determined to activate all capacities for cooperation with the aim of growing Tehran-Damascus relations in the interest of the two nations."
The Syrian people will never forget the support and assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said, adding, "Syria puts a great emphasis on the continuation of the sustainable and powerful relations that the leaders of the two nations have created, and the blood of Martyr (Lietenant General Qassem) Soleimani guarantees the deep bond between the two nations and we believe that Martyr Soleimani belongs to all of us and we will not forget the sacrifice of our martyrs."
"The US uses the evilest methods in its relations with some countries in the region and seeks to dominate and humiliate the Zionists in the region by disrespecting and humiliating them," Mikdad said.
"With the resistance of the Syrian people and the Resistance Front, the conspiracies of the US, the Zionist Regime and its allies in the region have failed, and today they have reached the point that Syria has not failed and they have changed their approach," he said.