Iranian, Syrian FMs Meet in New York

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem conferred on the latest developments in Syria.

At the meeting held in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session on Friday, Zarif and Muallem discussed the latest political developments and also ongoing fight against terrorism in the war-torn country.

Earlier, Zarif had said that Iran will stand with Syria in the reconstruction of the Arab nation after the war.

Speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting on Syria in New York, Zarif had said Iran will assist the Syrian nation in reconstructing their country after the war, in the same way that it contributed to the delivery of humanitarian aids to the Arab state amid the crisis.

What matters now is trying to restore political calm to Syria and devising plans for its reconstruction, the Iranian minister added, saying the international community should think of serious supports for Syria’s reconstruction, provided that such help would not involve political purposes.

He also hailed the ministerial meeting on Syria, initiated by the European Union, as a positive step given the axis of resistance’s victories against Takfiri terrorist groups and the fact that most of the Syrian cities have been liberated and people have been returning to their homes.

Back in January, in a meeting with Syria’s prime minister, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri reaffirmed Tehran’s commitment to helping Syria in its reconstruction after the crisis.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIL), 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.

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