Iran’s FM meets Assad in Damascus, calls on regional powers to fight terrorism

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C-L) meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C-R) and other officials in Damascus on August 12, 2015. Photo: SANA

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Damascus, Syria – Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Wednesday, and demanded regional powers to join the fight against terrorism. 

“I say to the other regional players and to our neighbours that now is the time to care about the truth, answer the aspirations of the Syrian people and work to fight terrorism, extremism, and sectarianism,” Zarif was quoted by Syrian state media as saying.

Assad, on the other hand, expressed his appreciation for the Iranian strong support for Syria. 

According to SANA, Assad welcomed “the sincere efforts made by Iran and friendly countries to stop the war against Syria and to preserve the sovereignty and integrity of its territory.” 

The Iranian FM arrived in Damascus on Wednesday after meeting Lebanese officials in Beirut.

“We are ready to cooperate, exchange ideas, and work together with these nations to fight extremism, terrorism, and sectarianism,” Zarif said in a press conference in Beirut. “We hope that the people of this region and the Lebanese people will benefit from this cooperation.” 

Iran has initiated a peace plan for the Syrian crisis. According to officials, the Iranian plan was based on “respect for the Syrian people’s legitimate right to reforms and to decide their own future.”

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi  

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