News ID: 251518
Published: 1013 GMT April 16, 2019

Zarif calls for Iran-Syria coordination to enhance regional security

Zarif calls for Iran-Syria coordination to enhance regional security

International Desk

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday called for further coordination between Iran and Syria to help enhance regional security and stability.

“Coordination between Iran and Syria should be strengthen at all levels regionally and internationally for the benefit of the two countries and the improvement of security and stability in the region”, Zarif said as he met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria’s state news agency Sana reported.

Zarif also denounced the US recent recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, saying the move cannot be separated from the US decisions on recognizing Al-Quds as the Israeli capital and the blacklisting of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Such measures, Zarif said, indicate the failure of Washington's policies in the region and the weakness of the US administration.

Assad slammed the US designation of the IRGC as a “terrorist organization” last week, saying the “irresponsible step” is “complementary to the wrong policies pursued by the United States”.   

He warned that the US designation could destabilize the Middle East.

During their meeting, Zarif and Assad discussed also the peace process for Syria and the progress in the bilateral deals signed during Assad’s trip to Iran in February.

Zarif arrived at the Damascus International Airport on Tuesday at the head of a delegation and was welcomed by Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival, Zarif said his trip was aimed at coordinating efforts among regional countries to counter “hostile” US policies, including the recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory, the recognition of Al-Quds as Israel's capital as well as its “illegal and unprecedented” decision the IRGC.

Such measures, Zarif added, stem from Washington’s repeated defeats both in the battlefield and the political front in the region.

Zarif will next travel to Turkey for a review of bilateral and regional relations.




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