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Syrian President Bashar Assad Meets Iran's Supreme Leader


TEHRAN (ISNA)-Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and his accompanying delegation.

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday, he said that the current situation of the Middle East is in favor of the resistance camp. "The resistance camp must use this great opportunity and further strengthen its relations and cooperation."

He described the unity between Iran and Syria as the manifestation of resistance in the region and reiterated, "the result of this unity and its effects are perfectly obvious in the developments in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq as well as the entire region."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the concerted efforts of the arrogant powers to break the regional line of defense and weaken the resistance camp and added, "these efforts have not been successful so far, and the influence of the US in the region has grown weaker on a daily basis."

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the current problems of the US in Iraq and said that America has failed to achieve its goals in Iraq, further reiterating, "in spite of its propaganda campaign, the Zionist regime has faced numerous internal problems, and it is falling into a genuine decline."

He said that the new attitude of the US towards the region is the result of the current situation and added, "this attitude is not due to an essential difference between the incumbent US President and the previous US presidents because any other president would have pursued the same policy in the region."

The Supreme Leader further said that there are vast areas for cooperation between Iran and Syria. "Compared to other Arab counties, the most important characteristic of Syria is its resistance and the enmity of America and other arrogant powers towards Syria is the result of this characteristic," he reiterated.

Ayatollah Khamenei later expressed his agreement over the formation of a unified group composed of Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq and said that the current relations between Syria and Iraq will produce positive results. He further stated that the Iraqi government should be helped in solving the current problems of the country.

In this meeting which was also attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar Assad stressed the need for strategic relations between Iran and Syria and said that the current situation of the region is in favor of the resistance camp.

"Western governments, particularly the US, have numerous problems in their countries as well as in the region and have so far failed to make any achievements in Lebanon and the region," he added.

He said that cooperation and unity between Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq in the current situation will bring about positive results in the region.

The Syrian President further referred to the Iraqi prime minister's visit to Damascus and said that Syria is ready to cooperate with Iraq.

He further reiterated, "foreign powers and some of the countries of the region are trying to cause discord between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq and the Iraqi government should be helped to overcome this problem."

The Syrian President said that the high number of votes for Ahmadinejad and his re-election have strengthened the resistance forces of the region and said, "the failure of the efforts of some western governments after the recent post-election events in Iran was a great lesson for those governments. They realized, through the vote of the Iranian people for Ahmadinejad, that the people of Iran follow Imam Khomeini (r.a.) and the path of resistance."

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