Iran’s Khamenei hails ‘resistance’ of Syria’s Assad
search

Iran’s Khamenei hails ‘resistance’ of Syria’s Assad

Supreme leader praises Damascus dictator for having ‘never hesitated and stood strong,’ says Tehran has ‘duty to defend the Syrian resistance’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with Iranian officials in Tehran, Iran, on December 6, 2017. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with Iranian officials in Tehran, Iran, on December 6, 2017. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last say on all state matters, on Thursday praised Syrian President Bashar Assad for his “resistance” after seven years of ongoing war.

“Syria is on the front lines today; it is our duty to defend the Syrian resistance,” Khamenei said, quoted on his official website.

“Bashar Assad, the Syrian president, appeared as a great example of resistance and a fighting image, he never hesitated and stood strong. This is extremely important for a nation,” he added.

Khamenei also hailed Iran’s survival as it enters the 40th year since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

This October 20, 2017 file photo, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Iran’s Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri with binoculars, as he visits senior Iranian military officers in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

“From day one, all major world powers united and acted against us: the United States, USSR, NATO, Arab and regional reactionaries — they all united. But we survived and prospered,” he boasted.

Addressing Assad, he said “if you and we, and other elements of resistance stay determined, the enemy cannot accomplish a single thing.”

The resistance joining Iran, according to Iran, is made up Syria, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Iraqi militias and Palestinian Islamist groups such as the terrorist Hamas orginization.

Iran is the main regional ally of the Syrian regime, which is also supported by Russia.

Syrian President Bashar Assad addresses the newly-elected parliament in Damascus, Syria, on June 7, 2016. (SANA, the Syrian official news agency, via AP)

Khamenei’s statement comes a day after the EU urged Iran, Russia and Turkey to do what they can to get the Syrian government to halt its offensive in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta to let aid enter and civilians evacuate.

On Saturday the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire across Syria without delay, but it has yet to take effect.

Russia and Syria set up a humanitarian corridor for the entry of aid and for civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta for five hours each day, but violence has continued with the regime and rebels blaming each other.

read more:
comments