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Iranian VP says Tehran ready to implement reconstruction projects in Syria, hails Damascus as strategic partner

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)
Iran's Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Hosseini (R) and Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Shafiq Dayoub meet on December 11, 2021. (Photo by IRNA)

Iran's vice president for parliamentary affairs, Mohammad Hosseini, says Tehran is ready to implement reconstruction projects in war-ravaged Syria, stressing that the expansion of ties with regional and neighboring countries, particularly Syria, remains a top priority of the Islamic Republic.

In a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Shafiq Dayoub on Saturday, Hosseini hailed Damascus as a strategic partner and ally of Iran.

He added that Tehran and Damascus have signed agreements in political and economic sectors but were unable to implement them due to several reasons, including the COVID-19 pandemic, but stressed the current Iranian administration would make efforts to implement them.

Earlier this month, Syria’s Minister of Industry Ziyad Sabbagh invited Iranian companies and advanced industries to invest in the Arab country’s process of reconstruction and recovery from the destructive Western-sponsored campaign of militancy.

The Syrian minister called on Iranian companies to “have partnership and cooperation with the public and private sectors in the Syrian Arab Republic and use the benefits provided by the law, which gives a great opportunity for investment in Syria” to further promote bilateral ties.

In his meeting with the Syrian ambassador, Hosseini further said the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria, Iraq and the entire region was an outcome of the resistance front's great efforts, saying, "During the crisis in Syria, we tried to defend the oppressed Syrian people its legal government in the face of Daesh."

He noted that Daesh has posed a danger to the entire region and the Muslim world. However, collective cooperation has led to its defeat and the terrorists have failed to achieve any of their vicious goals.

Reiterating that European countries, the US and reactionary Arab states still support Daesh terrorists, Hosseini said, "Daesh is still trying to strengthen its foothold in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but it should not be allowed to do so."

With the end of war in Syria, the Iranian vice president added, the US and the West now seek to exert pressure on the Arab state's people and government by imposing economic and political sanctions in order to make up for their military failure.

"We hope that the American forces will leave Syrian and Iraqi territories as soon as possible as they were forced to leave Afghanistan after 20 years. The Americans are still stealing Syrian oil and it is surprising that the world does not condemn the US act," he pointed out.

Pointing to the Israeli regime's acts of aggression against Syria, Hosseini urged the international community to react and condemn such aggressive measures.

"The supporters of the terrorists should know that these acts will not go unanswered. If the Zionists seek to wage war and foment insecurity in Syria, it … will surely backfire on them and this will be to their detriment," the Iranian vice president said.  

 

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of Hezbollah, which has played a key role in helping the Syrian army in its fight against the foreign-backed terrorists.

The Tel Aviv regime mostly keeps quiet about its attacks on Syrian territories, which many view as knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism.

Israel has been a main supporter of terrorist groups that have opposed the government of President Bashar al-Assad since foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria ten years ago.


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