Syria’s Assad hails Russian, Iranian support

Damascus, Oct 15 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday hailed the Iranian and Russian support to his administration, media SANA reported.

Assad made the remarks during his meeting with visiting head of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, Alaedin Boroujerdi, state news agency SANA reported.

The efforts exerted by Iran and Russia are highly appreciated, and the fruits of such efforts will be reaped by countries in the region and all the world, Assad said.

Assad and Boroujerdi underlined the importance of the Russian-led anti-terror coalition, which groups Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Following his meeting with Assad, Boroujerdi told a press conference that his country provides weapons and military experts to Syria and Iraq.

“Regarding our support to Iraq and Syria, such support comes upon the request of those countries, and according to our anti-terror strategy in Iran, we provide weapons and military experts to both countries,” Boroujerdi said.

On the issue of sending Iranian troops to Syria, the Iranian leader said his country would consider it if the Syrian government requested that.

“Any further request would be studied and discussed in Iran,” he said.

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