TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A former Syrian minister of information praised recent victories of the Syrian army and its allied force against the foreign-backed terrorists in the Arab country and said the achievements have changed the West’s policies toward Damascus.  

Speaking to the Press Shia News Agency, Mahdi Dakhlallah pointed to a recent deal between the US and Russia for a ceasefire in common borders between Syria and Jordan, saying although Amman is opposed to such a deal, it would abide by any agreement signed by Washington.

The victories of the Syrian government and its allies in the fight against terrorist groups is the reason why the groups’ supporters have reached such a miserable point, he said.

“If these victories had not been achieved, we would not have seen the change in the position of the West and its allies…,” the former Syrian minister added.

Syria has made significant gains against terrorist groups in recent months.

Last week, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate said the Syrian province of Aleppo has been fully liberated from the clutch of Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.

“There have been serious changes in Syria over the past month. The Syrian government troops with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces achieved serious successes and brought substantial losses to a large group of Daesh in central Syria,” Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said last Monday.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.