Iranian top lawmaker says support for Assad regime not affected

Iranian lawmaker vows continued support for Syrian Assad regime amidst ongoing nuclear negotiations

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iran has not halted its support for Syria and the nuclear negotiations were confined to point, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran, made his remarks during a press conference held in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

"There is no power on earth that can affect the special relations between Iran and Syria," Boroujerdi said, indicating that Iran will keep supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the bloody war that has claimed thousand of lives.

"Our negotiations with the U.S. and the P5+1 countries were confined to the nuclear file only and we didn't touch upon the Syrian crisis or any other regional issues," Boroujerdi told reporters.

Boroujerdi congratulated the Syrian officials on the recent "achievements" made by the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah group in the Qalamoun region of Syria.

Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy active in Lebanon, entered the Syrian civil war in the summer of 2013, reinforcing the ranks of Syrian regime forces, winning key battles against opposition rebel forces in urban and heavy terrain areas with their expertise in guerrilla warfare with the assistance of tacticians from Iran's revolutionary guard.

Regional powers accuse Iran of creating its spheres of influence, which Iran denies. Iran is a staunch supporter of Hezbollah and Houthis in Yemen.

Boroujerdi's statements came as US Secretary of State John Kerry held meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a political transition of power in Syria. Russia was among the Assad regime's largest supporters but has taken a stance complying with United Nations and US efforts seeking a diplomatic solution to end the war.

Iran and six world powers, known as the P5+1, are engaged in negotiations to bring about a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear dispute.

A framework deal has been signed in Switzerland on April 2.

The deal is aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, in exchange for crippling economic sanctions imposed on Tehran since 2006.

TRTWorld and agencies