“The Iranian government and nation will remain beside the Syrian government and nation to the end,” Rouhani said in the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.
He also underlined the necessity for strengthening and expanding relations between the two countries, and said, “We are sure that enemy states will fail to impose their conditions on the Syrian nation.”
Emphasizing the terrorists’ failure in bringing the Syrian nation down to its knees, Rouhani said, “Unfortunately, certain regional states have done wrong calculations and think that the terrorists are always a tool in their hands to reach their goals, but they (the terrorists) will backfire (on their supporters) sooner or later.”
Laham, for his part, appreciated the Iranian nation and government for their support and aid to the Syrian people in their fight against terrorism.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati said that Syria has always been one of the most important components of the anti-Zionism resistance movement in the region, and stressed that Tehran will not leave Damascus alone in its hard days of war on terrorism.
“The US, the Zionists and the region’s reactionaries have joined forces” to undermine the resistance movement in the region and provide a safe haven for the Israeli regime, Velayati said in a meeting with Laham in Tehran.
Velayati also said Iran will continue supporting the Syrian people and government who are “standing firmly against the Zionists and the ISIL terrorists,” adding that “terrorists will definitely be defeated” in Syria.
The ongoing crisis in the region shows “a pervasive plot by the US, the Zionists and reactionaries in the region,” Velayati said, describing the plot as a “dream” which will not “come true”.
Also on Monday, in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani, Laham appreciated Iran for its continued supports and aid to the Damascus war on terrorism, saying that his country relies on Iran in this war.
“Fighting against terrorism needs real resolve and determination at the regional and international levels but unfortunately such resolve doesn’t exist at present but we, in Syria, are fighting against terrorism with all our power,” Laham added. “In this war, we rely on our resistant nation, hero army, wise leader and our friends that are numerous, with the Islamic Republic of Iran standing at the top of them,” he added.
Laham described relations between Iran and Syria as a contributor to regional stability, and said, “These ties will be a defensive wall against the killer waves.”
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.