Iran deputy FM lauds Syria’s successes in fighting terrorism

An Iranian deputy foreign minister has hailed Syria’s recent successes in fighting terrorist groups and safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity.

The Syrian government has succeeded in countering terrorist and Takfiri groups, maintaining national unity and security, and protecting the country’s territorial integrity, Hossein Amir-Abdullahian said on Tuesday.

The Iranian official urged a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria based on national dialog between the Syrian government, people and the opposition groups who are committed to finding a peaceful resolution.

Unrest has gripped Syria for over two years and many people, including large numbers of Syrian security personnel, have lost their lives in the foreign-sponsored militancy.

Syrian forces have recently conducted successful mop-up operations against Takfiri militants across the country, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a speech on state television on Sunday that an “iron fist” was the only means of putting an end to the foreign-sponsored terrorism.

Amir-Abdullahian added that increasing support for terrorists and irresponsible armed groups not only serves Israel’s goals, but also undermines the objectives of the next Geneva conference on the crisis in Syria.

Russia and the United States agreed in Moscow on May 7 to convene the international event which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012.

There are speculations that the conference might be held in September.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence in Syria.

The militancy has also displaced a total of 7.8 million Syrians, more than one 1.8 million of whom are living in neighboring countries, mainly in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

By Press TV


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