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Political, military balance shifting in favor of Assad, Syrians: Iran

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, speaks to reporters in Tehran on June 12, 2016. © IRNA

The political situation in Syria is changing in favor of the Arab country’s government and nation, says a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

“The political and military balance in Syria is shifting in favor of the country’s government, people and its allies,” Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Ayatollah Khamenei on international affairs, told reporters on Sunday.

“We firmly believe that victory belongs to the Syrian government and nation,” he said.

Velayati emphasized that given the legitimacy of the Syrian government and the dire situation of the country's people, “it is incumbent upon us to help them and this has been done.”

Iran, Russia and Syria all pursue a common objective and are united in the fight against terrorism, which poses a danger to the security of regional states, the senior Iranian official said, adding that the three countries have achieved positive results during recent years and months.

Velayati’s remarks came after Iran, Russia and Syria recently agreed to step up cooperation in their fight against Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in Syria and across the region.

Iran and Russia are Syria's main allies against a multitude of foreign-backed armed groups, including Daesh terrorists, fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow has sent warplanes and special forces in support of Syrian government troops, while Tehran has deployed military advisers in the fight against terrorists.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Damascus says Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are the main supporters of the militants fighting the government forces.

On the battleground, Syrian troops established control over an oil pumping station and a power station in the northern city of al-Tabqa on Saturday as well as two oil fields in the western suburbs of Raqqah.

Syrian forces also shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle gathering information about army positions for Daesh over the Badiya desert in central Homs Province.

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis so far.

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