Iranian FM Questions Sincerity of West’s Claim of Supporting Stability in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the western states’ silence on the aggressive moves made by Israel against Syria’s territorial integrity indicates the untrue nature of their claims about supporting the Arab country’s security and stability.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday.
He described the silence of the western organizations and governments on the Israeli attacks against Syria as an indication of their double standards.
Amir Abdollahian added that failure to seriously deal with the Israeli regime’s destructive moves and its acts of aggression shows that western governments’ claim that they are making efforts to stabilize Syria and restore security to the country, are not true.
The Iranian foreign minister said that this issue has further emboldened the racist Zionist regime to try to disrupt the situation in Syria.
The Iranian foreign minister also hailed the Syrian government and president’s efforts to strengthen the country’s national unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Assad, for his part, described the top Iranian diplomat’s visit to Damascus as important under the current circumstances given the regional and international developments.
He added that a situation is unfolding in the region that will tip the balance in our favor.
Assad accused the western governments of provocative acts in Syria for the purpose of settling scores, rivalry and extracting concessions from the other sides.
The Syrian president then referred to the existing concerns and dangers in the region, saying some of these issues are mutual among regional countries and must be resolved jointly through political means and dialogue.
“We are happy that under such circumstances, the Islamic Republic of Iran is part of the political solution in the region,” Assad noted.
He added that Damascus welcomes any solution that shifts Syria away from war.
The Syrian president also hailed his country’s relations with Iran as a strategic alliance.
Heading a delegation, Amir Abdollahian was officially welcomed by his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mikdad in Damascus earlier on Saturday.
Upon arrival in the Syrian capital city, he told journalists that President Assad’s recent visit to Tehran was a turning point in bilateral relations.
“During that trip, we entered a new phase of comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, including in various economic and commercial fields,” he said.
“Today marks a very good opportunity to discuss with my colleague Mr. Faisal Mikdad the latest state of relations between the two countries,” the top Iranian diplomat added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir Abdollahian said Iran strongly condemns the Israeli regime’s violation of Syria’s territorial integrity.
“Along with the sanctions imposed against the resistant people of Syria, the Zionists seek to destabilize (Syria) and increase the problems of the Syrian people,” he said.
President Assad visited Tehran in May, and held talks with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Rayeesi.
Before departure to the Arab country, Amir Abdollahian said that during his visit to Damascus he would pursue establishment of peace between Syria and Turkey.
“My trip to Syria is partly meant to establish peace and security in the region between Syria and Turkey, as two countries with which the Islamic Republic of Iran has important relations,” Amir Abdollahian said on Saturday.
He further said he would meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Mikdad and other high-ranking Syrian officials during the trip to push bilateral relations and review regional and global developments.
The Iranian foreign minister’s visit comes days after he met with Turkish officials in Ankara as part of his regional tour.
Ties between Damascus and Ankara soured after Turkey launched several incursions into Northern Syria.
Ankara says the militants affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been fighting a separatist war against Turkey.
However, Damascus complaints that the Turkish offensive violates Syria’s territorial integrity.
Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi said last Monday that his country supports peace and stability all across the world.
Supporting peace, stability, and progress has always been the principled policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the international level, President Rayeesi said in a meeting with the new ambassador of Montenegro.