Iran vows to ‘protect’ Syria until ‘the last moment’

Iranian Security council chief vowed his country will not abandon Syria and will help ‘protect’ it against opposition factions he classifies as terrorists

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iran's Supreme National Security Council chief Ali Shamkhani has said that his country is ready for “massive field action soon” to restore security and protect Syria by closing border crossings leading to Syrian opposition factions he described as “terrorists.”

Shamkhani met with the head of the Syrian regime parliament Mohamed Jihad al-Lahham on Tuesday, they both agreed Syria should avoid foreign interventions countries from outside, stressing that Iran will continue its full support for Syria.

"Syria is the front line of defense of the Islamic lands" said Shamkhani,  while praising what he called “the resilience of the Syrian government and people” during the past four years.

Shamkhani also slammed the US plans to train the Syrian opposition saying “America and its allies in the region have given public support for terrorists and extremist groups," and called it a “violation for international resolutions.”

Al-Lahham also met with the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, thanking him for the Iranian support to Syria in various fields.

Rouhani stressed that Tehran will “stand by Damascus until the end.”

Iran has long supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the four year long civil war, in spite of all the human rights violations and atrocities he committed.

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah has also long supported the prevalence of Assad’s regime against several Syrian opposition factions and al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front.

Over 220,000 Syrians have died since 2011, while over 7 million have been exteranlly displaced, mainly residing in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

TRTWorld and agencies