Amir Abdollahian & Assad

Syria, Iran call for nationwide truce consolidation

Press TV- Damascus and Tehran have reaffirmed their support for a country-wide cessation of hostilities that has been largely holding in Syria for almost a month now.

During a meeting in Damascus on Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian parliament speaker’s special advisor on international affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said a successful ceasefire would pave the way for the restoration of permanent peace and stability to Syria.

Under the truce, the anti-terror fight will continue and conditions will be prepared for launching intra-Syrian dialogue, enabling the nation to decide its future, the two sides stressed.

Mediated by Russia and Turkey with the support of Iran, the Syria ceasefire took effect on December 30, 2016, following an agreement between Syria’s warring parties.

The truce is the first of its kind that has been largely holding in Syria for nearly a month. Earlier attempts by the US to broker such a long-lasting ceasefire had failed.

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During the Thursday talks, the Syrian leader hailed Iran’s constructive role in backing the Syrian people in the face of terrorism as well as in efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C-R) and Iranian parliament speaker’s special advisor on international affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, meet in Damascus on January 26, 2016. (Photo by IRIB)

Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, said the Islamic Republic’s support for Syria is rooted in the strategic relations between the two nations.

He further empathized that Tehran believes terrorism in Syria poses an imminent threat to the entire region.

Earlier on Thursday, the Iranian official met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem to discuss bilateral ties and the latest developments in the Arab country.

They underlined the need for continued the trilateral Syrian-Iranian-Russian cooperation to settle the Syria conflict based on the outcome of the latest round of the peace talks held in Kazakhstan earlier this week.

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On Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian sat down with Syria’s Parliament Speaker Hadiyeh Khalaf Abbas.

Iran has been offering military advisory support to the Syrian military, which has been battling foreign-backed militancy since 2011.