Assad stronger than onset of Syria crisis: Velayati

Despite a crisis that has gripped Syria since 2011, President Bashar al-Assad is even “stronger”, says a senior Iranian official.

“Today, Bashar al-Assad is surely stronger than four years ago when the crisis began and he resists against ISIL terrorists, who are the same former Ba’ath members,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said Wednesday.

Iran is not “indifferent” towards what is happening in the Middle East and regardless of “the necessity for solidarity with regional countries, national security demands that we help them,” Velayati (seen below) noted.

“Undoubtedly, Iran backs demand(s) of the people in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.”

He further commented on a recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Qatar, where he held meetings and spoke about the situation in Syria.

Such measures would certainly not work without considering the people as the Syrian nation would do not give in to plots devised by the United States and other countries that “train terrorists themselves,” said the Iranian politician.

Syria has been battered by foreign-backed militancy, which has made it a haven for Takfiri terrorists to come together as ISIL.

Apart from various forms of support for the so-called moderate militants there, Washington and some of its allies use ISIL as a pretext to carry out airstrikes in the country.

By Press TV