February 27, The Iran Project – In a sudden trip abroad since the start of the Syrian war eight years ago, President Bashar al-Assad made a first public visit to Iran, his closest regional ally, signaling that Tehran-Damascus alliance would grow even further in the future.
Iran has been a key ally of Syria during the war which has killed between 360,000 and 560,000 people, according to different monitoring groups.
At the request of Damascus, Iran has been providing military advisory assistance to Syrian government forces in their fight against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists. Tehran’s advisory support has enabled the Syrian army to liberate almost all areas from the terrorists’ grip.
Washington led the charge to topple Assad for years of the crisis, supporting anti-government rebels aligned with al-Qaeda. But the Trump administration have apparently walked back on the ultimatum about the removal of Assad after Syrian government forces and their allies’ victories.
.During a visit to Tehran on Monday (Feb. 25), Assad, who has not traveled anywhere apart from Russia since the conflict began, held talks with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, as well.
“Iran proud of backing Syria”
In a meeting with Syrian President Assad in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the Islamic Republic is honored to support Syria and considers it as equal to supporting the entire resistance front while mentioning resistance of Syrian president and people as the main reason behind the defeat of the United States and its regional mercenaries.
The Leader stressed that the triumph of the resistance front in Syria has made Americans angry and prompted them to hatch new plots, adding, “The issue of the buffer zone, which Americans seek to establish in Syria, is among those dangerous plots that must be categorically rejected and stood against.”
He also pointed to a miscalculation by enemies in the case of Syria, saying, “The enemies’ error was that they mistook Syria with some other Arab countries. While in those countries, people’s movement was in line with resistance and was, in fact, an uprising against America and its stooges.”
Iran to help rebuild Syria: Rouhani
Speaking on Monday evening in a meeting with the President of Syria, President Rouhani said the Islamic Republic is ready to help Syria with its reconstruction plans and restore stability to the war-ravaged country, noting that, “The Islamic Republic of Iran, just like in the past, will stand by the Syrian nation and government.”
Rouhani highlighted that multilateral cooperation among regional countries has led to the promotion of security across the region.
The hidden message of Assad’s visit to Tehran
Special Assistant to the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament for International Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said that the secret message of the trip was Assad’s response to the Americans’ new political game in which they are trying to convey this message to Assad that they can guarantee his lifetime presidency provided that Damascus distances itself from Iran and Hezbollah.
Pres. Assad responded to enemies’ message with a ‘loud voice’ that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria, beside their allies, will guard the Resistance Axis and regional peace and security, he noted
US-Israel bids can’t persuade Syria to end alliance with Iran
In an interview with Press TV, Syed Mohsin Abbas said an American-Israeli bid to persuade Syria to stop receiving support from Iran is doomed to failure, and that President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Tehran heralds a lasting alliance between the two nations.
He pointed to the significance of Assad’s visit to Iran, now that his country has successfully defeated the Takfiri terrorists on almost all fronts thanks to Tehran’s advisory assistance, predicting that “They are very much going to be an alliance that will stretch into the foreseeable future for sure.”