Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who reiterated Tehran’s unwavering support to Damascus.
Leading a high-ranking delegation, Zarif arrived in the Syrian capital this morning and met with President Assad and Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moalem.
During the meeting with the Syrian president, Assad expressed his condolences to the Iranian nation and government over the deaths resulted by the coronavirus, Mehr news agency reported.
Assad voiced regret that this pandemic has become a subject of political investment by some states in the West, mainly the United States which continues to impose sanctions on states despite of these exceptional humanitarian circumstances.
“The Coronavirus crisis has exposed the failure of the Western regimes as well as their immorality,” SANA news agency quoted Assad as saying.
Meanwhile, the Syrian president praised the irreplaceable role of martyred Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in the fight against terrorism in Syria.
For his part, Zarif stressed that there will be no change in Iran’s support for resistance and the fight against terrorism in the region after the martyrdom of General Suleimani.
The top Iranian diplomat said the US administration, with its continuing refusal to lift the blockade on Syria and Iran, has revealed its inhumane nature to the world.
The meeting tackled the latest developments in Syria, including the constitutional committee, the Astana process, and the developments in the north of Syria especially regarding the Turkish military presence in the Syrian territories.
Assad said Turkey’s actions on the ground “exposes its true intentions, with its lack of commitment to the agreements it entered whether in Astana or Sochi, all of which stipulate for recognizing Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Zarif denounced the West’s current attempts to re-exploit the issue of chemical weapons in Syria, saying: “It is shameful that this pretext would be used again in light of the situation around the world, not to mention all the doubts and inconsistencies that emerged regarding this issue recently.”
Source: Sana and Mehr news agencies