Iran ready to play active role in reconstruction of war-ravaged Syria: Senior diplomat

A senior Iranian diplomat says the Islamic Republic is ready to play an active role in the reconstruction of war-torn Syria and help the country in the face of unjust Western sanctions.

Ali Asghar Khaji, Iranian Foreign Minister’s senior aide for special political affairs, made the remarks in a Monday meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, during which the two sides discussed ways of further expanding cooperation between the two countries in various areas, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Monday.

He said high turnout of the Syrian people in the country’s last month presidential election, which led to Assad’s landslide victory and winning his fourth seven-year term, conveyed a clear message of their strong will.

Syrian Parliament Speaker Hammoudeh Sabbagh announced on May 27 that Assad overwhelmingly won the country’s presidential election.