Resistance axis not to let Syria suffer Libya’s fate: Iranian official

EHRAN (Tasnim) – The axis of resistance will not allow the enemies of Syria to inflict the same miseries upon the Arab country as they did upon Libya, Head of the Center for Strategic Studies of Iran’s Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said.

Enemies of the Syrian government and nation want the country to suffer the what Libya went through, Velayati said at a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, held in Damascus on Saturday.

He noted that in Libya, those who created the chaos themselves have lost control of the situation.

Libya has been grappling with violence and political uncertainty since the oil-rich country’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011.

Velayati emphasized that the axis of resistance (a term used to refer to anti-Israeli and anti-terrorism coalition made up of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah), will not let such plots and schemes materialize against Syria.

The top Syrian diplomat, for his part, underlined that Syria owes its victories in the battle against terrorists to the support provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supports its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.

By Tasnim News Agency