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Assad: Syria capable of responding to Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, receives Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Damascus, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (The Daily Star/SANA, HO)

BEIRUT: President Bashar Assad said Tuesday the Syrian army is capable of confronting Israel, saying the airstrikes represented an act of terrorism aimed at Syria.

"The Syrian people and its army who have made important achievements by fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups are capable of confronting Israel's ventures that represent one of the many faces of terrorism targeting Syria today,” he said during his meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Syria's state TV reported.

The Syrian President also said Israel's air strikes in Damascus reveal the extent of the Jewish state's involvement in the ongoing crisis in Syria.

"The Israeli aggression on Syria reveals the extent of Israel and other regional and Western states' involvement in ongoing events in Syria," Assad said

Salehi voiced his country's condemnation of Israel's "aggression," affirming the Islamic Republic's support of Syria in the face Israel's attempts “to mess with the region's security and weaken the axis of the resistance.”

According to SANA, the Iranian official who arrived to Damascus in an unannounced visit also said “it was time to deter Israel from carrying out such aggression against the people of the region.”





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