President Rouhani condemns foreign interference, terrorism in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed regret over continued conflicts in Syria, and condemned the meddling of foreign states and the presence of terrorists in the Muslim country.

“We have and will always consider the Syrian nation as our friend and brother,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi in Tehran on Sunday.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is upset about the presence of terrorist elements and foreign interference in Syria and condemns it,” he added.

During the meeting, Halqi briefed President Rouhani on the latest developments in Syria, and appreciated the Islamic Republic for its supports for the Syrian people and government.

Al-Halqi also submitted a message from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Rouhani today.

In his message to Rouhani, Assad laid emphasis on boosting the strategic relations between the two countries in all fields as well as the two sides’ joint will to confront the western and US plots in the region.

The Syrian prime minister is in Tehran to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Rouhani today.

Rouhani emerged victorious in Iran’s June 14 presidential election, which was marked by a high voter turnout. He won 50.7 percent of a total of 36, 704, 156 ballots counted.

The Interior Ministry put voter turnout at 72.7 percent.

The Iranian president-elect currently represents Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council and is also a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is the president of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research as well.

By Fars News Agency

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