Iran backs Syria against U.S.: official

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-AbdollahianTEHRAN, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the Islamic republic supports the Syrian people and government against the United States and its allies, Press TV reported Wednesday.

“Iran stands by the Syrian people and government in countering the plots of the Westerners, especially the Americans and their allies in the region,” Amir-Abdollahian was quoted as saying in a Tuesday meeting with Syria’s newly appointed ambassador to Tehran, Adnan Mahmoud.

The Iranian official said those who provided Syrian militants with financial and military support were responsible for the killing of Syrian people, the destruction of the country’s infrastructure and the destabilization of the region, according to the report.

National dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition was the only way out of the crisis, he said, adding that “the enemies of Syria are treading the wrong path and will never be successful in achieving their demands.”

The Syrian ambassador urged the expansion of bilateral relations, especially in trade and economy sectors, and underlined the importance of using the potentials of the two countries to fight against economic wars.

He also thanked the Iranian government and nation for their stance toward Syria, according to Press TV.

Iran is the major regional ally of the Syrian government in its conflict with the opposition groups.

By Xinhua


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