Zarif & Walid Al Muallem

Zarif, Moallem discuss bilateral ties, Syrian crisis

Tehran, Aug 5, IRNA — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem in a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday discussed bilateral ties and the latest regional developments, specially Syria.

During the meeting in the Iranian capital today, Zarif and Moallem underlined the need for resolving the Syrian crisis through political means.

The Syrian foreign minister briefed his Iranian counterpart on the latest developments in Syria.

Moallem arrived in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon to meet senior Iranian officials, including Zarif.

On Tuesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed the country’s policy of support for its allies and friends in the region, including Syria.

“Simultaneous with all-out cooperation with neighbors and regional countries, Iran will continue to firmly support its regional allies,” Amir Abdollahian said.

In June, Syrian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham appreciated Iran for its continued supports and aid to the Damascus war on terrorism, saying that his country relies on Iran in this war.

‘Fighting against terrorism needs real resolve and determination at the regional and international levels but unfortunately such resolve doesn’t exist at present but we, in Syria, are fighting against terrorism with all our power,’ Laham said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani in Tehran.

‘In this war, we rely on our resistant nation, hero army, wise leader and our friends that are numerous, with the Islamic Republic of Iran standing at the top of them,’ he added.

Laham described relations between Iran and Syria as a contributor to regional stability, and said, ‘These ties will be a defensive wall against the killer waves.’