Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (centre, R) meets Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (centre, L) in Damascus January 15, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Syria's president and Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday discussed next week's United Nations conference that aims to resolve Syria's three-year conflict, calling on regional nations to "fight terrorism".Syria's state news agency SANA said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed Tehran's support for Assad's government as it heads to the conference.Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia, archrival of Shiite Iran, is among the strongest backers of Syria's opposition fighters who are trying to end four decades of Assad family rule in Syria.The Syrian government says it is fighting "terrorists" who came from more than 80 countries. Last year, Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group openly started taking part in Syria's civil war, fighting along Assad's forces. In 2012, the chief commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the unit had high-level advisers in Syria but denied it has fighters there. In November, Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency said a commander in the Guard had been killed in Syria.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE