DAMASCUS, Dec. 22 (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Deputy FM Jaberi Ansari discussed on Wednesday with Syrian Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal Mekdad means to develop strategic relations between Syria and Iran in all fields.

The meeting came in the framework of the periodic political meetings held in Damascus and Tehran. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari arrived in Syria on Wednesday.

Mekdad briefed the Iranian delegation on the latest political developments in Syria and the region and the achievements of the Syrian Arab Army in combating terrorism, latest of which was the liberation of Aleppo, expressing appreciation for the Iranian political and economic support for Syria.

In turn, Jaberi Ansari underlined the importance of the victory achieved by the Syrian Arab Army in Aleppo city, stressing that the liberation of Aleppo is a turning point in the history of the crisis in Syria which has bolstered the resolve of Syria and Iran to fight the scourge of terrorism.

The Iranian official reviewed during the meeting the coordination mechanisms between Syria and Iran with regard to political developments, particularly those related to the tripartite meeting between Russia, Iran and Turkey, which was held in Moscow on Tuesday.

Jaberi Ansari affirmed that the relations between Syria and Iran are deep-rooted and firm in the face of the conspiracy, adding that coordination and consultation between the two sides will continue in the interest of the two peoples in Iran and Syria.

In a press statement, Mekdad said that the visit of the Iranian delegation is particularly important after the liberation of Aleppo city and the triumph over all who supported and contributed to funding and arming terrorists, expressing confidence in the full elimination of terrorism all over Syria.

For his part, Jaberi Ansari said that the delegation’s meetings with Syrian officials will address the latest international developments, especially after the important military achievement of the Syrian Arab army in Aleppo, which is counted on for finding a final solution for the crisis.

He added that resolving the crisis in Syria is based on two key factors, firstly the maximum confrontation of all Takfiri terrorist groups, and the second is the fulfillment of the independent will of Syrian people through an inter-Syrian dialogue, asserting that no Western country is entitled to decide the fate of Syria on behalf of its people.

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