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Muallem: End of Combat Operations Preliminary Step Toward Syrian Dialogue

Foreign minister praises the success of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian partnership during meetings with top officials in Tehran ahead of the upcoming Astana dialogue this month
Muallem: End of Combat Operations Preliminary Step Toward Syrian Dialogue

Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that the victory in Aleppo and the liberation of the city from terrorists is a joint victory for both Syria and Iran, adding that the end of combat operations should pave the way towards successful political dialogue.

In a statement on Saturday following a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, top advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader, Muallem stressed the need for armed groups to isolate themselves from the Nusra Front (Jabhat Fateh al-Sham) and the Islamic State group.

The talks focused on the importance and of Syrian-Iranian-Russian partnership and its success in achieving victory in the city of Aleppo and across Syria.

For his part, Velayati said that the victory in Aleppo is a triumph for the Axis of Resistance, and that a political solution without foreign interference is the only solution for the crisis in Syria.

He also underlined the role of the trilateral partnership in fighting terrorism and restoring security and stability to Syria and the region.

“I hope that the Syrian friends will consider Iran their second home. As Iran had long-term strategic relations with Syria in the past which started in the time of late President Hafez al-Assad, these relations will continue in the future,” Velayati added.

Muallem also met with Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday to discuss developing bilateral relations across all fields.

The minister asserted that the Syrian government will participate in upcoming meetings in Astana, while also underlining the need to boost Syrian-Iranian coordination to confront regional states that support terrorists.

For his part, Larijani congratulated the Syrian people and leadership over the victories achieved against terrorists in Aleppo and other areas, expressing hope that security and stability will return to Syria and that it will triumph over terrorists and their backers.

He affirmed that Iran will continue supporting Syria and that the longstanding relationship between the two countries will continue.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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