A Syria-ous Ally?
It seems that the existence of President Bashar al-Assad’s Syria is more or less secured as long as Iran is there.
At a time when the US and its Western allies are trying hard to corner Syria in the pretext of state-sponsored terrorism, Iran has signed a number of agreements with the war-ravaged West Asian nation in order to boost the Syrian economy.
Seniors officials of the two countries recently signed those accords in Damascus in the presence of President al-Assad, who exclaimed that the bilateral deal would counter economic war from West!
The Syrian president described Iran as the key ally of his country, saying that the bilateral accords should be considered as a bulwark against the economic war waged by the West. Speaking at a media conference, al-Assad stressed that the long-term economic co-operation between Damascus and Tehran would help his government reconstruct the war-torn nation.
“These deals… will certainly help consolidate Syrian and Iranian resilience against the economic war waged against them by some Western states,” insisted the president. He further called for “intensifying common efforts to stave off these countries that keep trying to weaken both countries”. It is to be noted that the US recently re-imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran, apart from blacklisting several Syrian officials and businessmen.
Meanwhile, a top Syrian official has confirmed that the two friendly nations struck 11 deals and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – covering fields, including the economy, culture, education, infrastructure, investment and housing – in the last week of January. He also said that the visiting Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was present on the occasion. Iran and Syria had signed a military co-operation agreement in August 2018.
On the sideline of the event President al-Assad held talks with his Iranian guest Jahangiri and thanked Tehran for supporting Damascus economically during the conflict through oil deliveries and several Lines of Credit. The president didn’t forget to mention that Iran and Russia helped his government gain ground against the rebels and the jihadists. Without the support of Iran and Russia, it wasn’t possible for Syria to control nearly two-thirds of the country, added al-Assad. According to the president, the civil war has claimed more than 360,000 lives and displaced millions in the past seven years.
The ongoing civil war has also damaged the Syrian Economy and Infrastructure badly. The UN has estimated that the cost of war-related destruction could touch USD 400 billion…
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