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Iran, Syria protect Mideast from West meddling: Commentator

A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Jaunary 17, 2017 shows Iran's first vice president, Es'haq Jahangiri (C-R) and Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis (C-L) listening to their national anthems during a welcome ceremony in Tehran. (Photo by AFP)

Syria’s Prime Minister Imad Khamis has traveled to Iranian capital, Tehran, to hold talks with Iranian authorities on different political and economic issues. During a Tuesday press conference with the Syrian premier, Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri underlined that coordination between Damascus and Tehran as well as other important players like Russia has paved the way for recent victories on the battlefields in Syria.

Ibrahim Mousawi, a political analyst from Beirut, said that the Syrian and Iranian governments are the main pillars of resistance against the Western hegemonic powers and their regional allies in the Middle East.

Tehran and Damascus are the “axis of resistance” and steadfastness that “stands against the hegemony of the international and Western powers,” Mousawi told Press TV’s Top 5 on Tuesday.

The Syrian and Iranian governments have stood against the West’s interference for the sake of “national independence” in Syria, Iran, Iraq and all over the region, he added.

Iran supports Syria to cope with several problems, including Takfiri menace and Israeli occupation, because the Islamic Republic “wants [to preserve] stability of the region and they do not want any interference from outside countries,” Mousawi argued.

Since the two Islamic countries “share the same principles, futures and visions,” they have been able to continue cooperation for several decades, the analyst said.

The relationship between Iran and Syria has been “built on steadfast and deeply entrenched principles” based on their strategic visions of the region, he noted.

Pointing to historical ties between Damascus and Tehran, he said since the era of late Syrian president, Hafez Assad, the Iranian and Syrian governments have adopted similar stances when it came to Palestinians’ cause and liberation movements throughout the Middle East.

Since March 2011, when Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy, Iran has supported the Syrian government to fight Takfiri terrorists like Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

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