Tehran, 21 July 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Iran, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, considers the relations between Syria and Iran to have strategic depth.

The Iranian Foreign Minister made these remarks in a meeting with his visiting Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, in Tehran on Wednesday.

Amir Abdollahian described the role of Martyr General Qasem Soleimani in fighting terrorism in the region as unique. He described it as completely effective, saying its effects in the region are evident.

In addition, Iran’s Foreign Minister also referred to the field of economic cooperation between Iran and Syria. He pointed to the capacities of the Iranian and Syrian private sectors. He also emphasized Iran’s readiness to develop cooperation in this field.

Amir Abdollahian also informed his Syrian counterpart of the achievements made during the 7th Summit of the Guarantor States of the Astana Process.

The Summit was held in Tehran on Tuesday, with the presence of leaders from Iran, Turkiye, and Russia.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Foreign Minister offered Syria’s readiness to expand cooperation in various fields. Mekdad expressed gratitude and emphasized the determination of Syria to fight terrorism.

In light of this, Mekdad termed Palestine an important issue in the region and the Islamic world. He described Iran’s foreign policy and regional role as logical, realistic, and wise.

Iran-Syria relations

Syria and Iran are strategic allies. Syria is usually called Iran’s “closest ally”. The countries have had a strategic alliance ever since the Iran-Iraq War, when Syria sided with Iran against Iraq.

Furthermore, in December 2021, at a UNSC session on the Syrian situation, the Iranian Ambassador to the UN Ambassador, Zahra Ershadi, spoke against the Israeli aggression in Syria.

Iran’s Ambassador urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to compel the Israeli regime to end the occupation of the Syrian Golan.

Moreover, during the Syrian Civil War in 2011, Iran aided the Syrian government. Iran reportedly assisted the Syrian government by sending riot control equipment, intelligence monitoring techniques, and oil.

Iran opened its first cultural center in Syria in 1983, located in the Mazzeh neighborhood of Damascus. Syria opened its cultural center in Iran in 2005, which is very popular among Iranians seeking to improve their Arabic.