TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and his Syrian counterpart, Fahd Jassem al-Freij, exchanged views about a range of issues, including the recent full liberation of the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor from the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group.

In a telephone conversation on Sunday, the two defense ministers discussed the latest regional and international developments and stressed the need to boost Tehran-Damascus cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Brigadier General Hatami offered his congratulations to the Syrian people and government over the liberation of Deir ez-Zor from Daesh terrorists.

“The five-year-old resistance of Syria’s armed forces and people against terrorist groups is admirable and should be recorded in history as a nation’s legitimate defense of their identity,” he said.

General Freij, for his part, expressed his gratitude to the Islamic Republic for its support for the Arab country’s campaign against terrorist groups and said the Iranian nation has always sided with the Syrian people and government.

The Syrian army said on Friday it had seized Deir ez-Zor from Daesh, driving the foreign-backed militants from their last major stronghold in the war-hit country.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.