Syria crisis: Iran pledges support for “vital partner”
Iran’s security chief has told President Bashar al-Assad that Syria is part of a vital regional alliance that Tehran will not allow to be broken.
During talks in Damascus, Saeed Jalili said Syria was an essential part of an “axis of resistance”.
The statement came a day after Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab defected to the opposition.
Syrian TV showed President Assad greeting Mr Jalili, his first TV appearance in two weeks.
President Assad was last seen on state TV on 22 July – four days after a bomb killed four security chiefs in Damascus – leading to speculation about his health and whereabouts.
State television said Mr Assad had told Mr Jalili of “the determination of the people and government of Syria to cleanse the country from the terrorists and fight against terrorism unreservedly”.
He said Syria would “continue on the path of national dialogue” and that it was “capable of thwarting the foreign conspiracies”.
Mr Jalili was quoted as saying: “Iran will not allow the axis of resistance, of which it considers Syria to be an essential part, to be broken in any way.”
this is pretty much what the west wants..iran staying loyal to syria..syria is the backdoor to iran..its very obvious..