Iran ready to assist in Syria’s reconstruction: MP

Tasnim – A top Iranian lawmaker voiced the country’s readiness to assist its ally, Syria, with the reconstruction process in the post-war era.

In a meeting with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Thursday, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi highlighted Iran’s industrial and economic capabilities, saying the Islamic Republic is ready to employ such capacities to help Syria with reconstruction after the war.

Hailing Syria’s resolute battle against the plots hatched by the US, Israel and their regional allies in more than six years of militancy, Boroujerdi said the Syrian nation’s resistance will go down in history.

President Assad, for his part, expressed gratitude to Iran for supporting the Syrian government and nation in the hard days.

He also stressed the need for close interaction among members of the axis of resistance in various fields, particularly in the economic arena.

In September, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York that Iran will assist the Syrian nation in reconstructing their country after the war, in the same way that it contributed to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Arab state amid the crisis.

What matters now is trying to restore political calm to Syria and devising plans for its reconstruction, Zarif added, saying the international community should think of serious supports for Syria’s reconstruction, provided that such help would not involve political purposes.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIL), controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

Throughout these years, Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supports its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.