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Tehran, 8/12/2014 – Foreign Ministers of Syria and Iran said Israel’s aggression on two Syrian sites yesterday aimed at raising the morale of the extremist organizations after the latter’s recent defeats on the ground.

Israeli warplanes attacked two areas in al-Dimas and near Damascus International Airport in Damascus Countryside on Sunday afternoon, causing material damage to some facilities.

In a press conference held in Tehran on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zari stressed that efforts will continue with the friendly countries to come to finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Such a solution, both sides affirmed, should be based on dialogue among the Syrians without any foreign intervention.

Minister al-Moallem noted that the main goal of his visit to Iran is to offer “thanks and gratitude” to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and above all the friendly Iranian people “who have continued supporting

the Syrian people and consolidating their steadfastness towards reaching victory over terrorism.”

He also voiced thanks to Minister Zarif for his invitation to visit the Islamic Republic.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria is facing a conspiracy “whose parties rudely go on with their conspiring being led as sheep by the US and some European states and other known countries in the region such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.”

“Those have still not grasped that by conspiring against Syria, they are actually driving terrorism into their very countries,” al-Moallem stated.

“Whether they know it or not, they stand in one trench along with Israel which raided two Syrian sites yesterday,” he noted, adding that the aim of the Israeli aggression was to raise the morale of the terrorists after they lost in Deir Ezzor, and because of the steadfastness of the Syrians in Nubbul, al-Zahraa, Ayn al-Arab and Aleppo city and in al-Qalamoun in Damascus Countryside.
The residents of Nubbul and al-Zahraa, two towns in Aleppo countryside long besieged by the terrorist organizations, “have offered a model of patriotic heroism in confronting the terrorism of Jabhat al-Nusra,” al-Moallem said.

The heroism of the locals of the two Aleppo towns, he added, has been matched by that of the Armed Forces in the surrounding of Deir Ezzor airport in countering the terrorist organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as (ISIS).

The Minister struck a critical note when he stated that the number of members of the two terrorist organizations of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS who were killed in the past two days is “way larger than the number of those killed in the thousand airstrikes carried out by the coalition against ISIS.”
While making this criticism, al-Moallem affirmed that “We have no other choice but to triumph over terrorism, and wherefore Syria will remain firm,” noting that Syria is working with Iran, Russia and others to find “a political solution that is based on dialogue among the Syrians without any foreign intervention.”

“We will go on with this until the aim is reached,” he said.

For his part, the Iranian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s condemnation of the Israeli entity’s aggression against Syria.

“We believe [the aggression] came to raise the morale of the takfiri groups after the defeats which ISIS had in the past weeks being confronted by the people of Syria and Iraq and to assist these groups with whom the Zionist entity is coordinating,” said Zarif.

At the end of the day, he added, what is important is the Syrian people’s resistance and defending of their country, stressing that the people of Syria will continue to have the support of the Iranian people and government.

He pointed out that the people of Syria and Iraq are “paying the price” for the “big regional and international crisis facing our region.”

The people of both countries, he clarified, are facing a foreign-backed wave of extremism and terrorism to achieve others’ “illegitimate goals”.

While underscoring the success of the Syrian and Iraqi people in confronting the extremist forces, Zarif said Tehran will stick to its stance of supporting the people and government of the two neighbor countries against the danger of terrorism in the region, a stance, he noted, was taken by Iran since the very beginning.

The Iranian Minister criticized the double standards and “irrational policies” for being rather helpful for the problem of terrorism and extremism in the region instead of contributing to resolving it.

“The only practical way to solve the problem of terrorism is not through foreign military measures, but by finding serious and rational means through resisting and facing these groups and trends,” said Zarif, warning that this problem threatens not just Syria and Iraq but the entire region and the world.

He expressed hope that a political solution will be reached in Syria.

“We’re glad that the Syrian government see things the same way and that it exerts serious efforts,” Zarif said, adding that “We hope to reach the sought-for result through us helping each another and cooperating with the other countries that seek peace and stability.”

Answering journalists’ questions on the results of his visit to Moscow, al-Moallem said that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to hold talks in Moscow to ensure the success of inter-Syrian dialogue, with Iran supporting this effort.

On cooperation between Iran, Syria, and Iraq in combating terrorism, al-Moallem voiced gratitude for the Iranian leadership and people for their support to Syria, saying that Syria and Iraq exchange opinions and there’s ongoing communication, adding that the two countries look forward to full coordination in combating terrorism.

He also noted that he will hold dialogue with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrhaim al-Jaafari, hosted by Zarif, and that it’s expected that they will reach agreement on taking some sort of action.

For his part, Zarif said the recent Israeli aggression against Syria proves Israel’s involvement with terrorist and extremist organizations, reiterating Iran’s condemnation of this aggression and others like it.

On his message for a conference which will be held on Tuesday to pressure the countries sponsoring terrorism and extremism, Zarif said that the main message of the conference is that religions are innocent of extremism and religion and that takfiris have no place in Islam; rather these groups are mere pawns controlled by others, and are bound to backfire on their masters, stressing that terrorism can only be combated comprehensively on all cultural, political, and economic levels.

“Our friends in the region must realize the reality that the spread of these groups is caused by the financial support they receive, that there’s no solution other than drying up the sources of terrorism, and that the threat of these terrorist groups will backfire on their backers before anyone else,” he added.

On the steps taken by Syria and Iran to resolve the crisis in Syria, Zarif said that there are ongoing consultations between the two sides to this effect, andthat Iran had always said that crises must be resolved using political and peaceful means and called for inter-Syrian dialogue away from foreign interference, adding that certain foreign sides continue to work to sabotage efforts to resolve the crisis.

Earlier on the day, Minister al-Moallem arrived in Tehran to participate in a two-day international conference against violence and extremism, which brings together the foreign ministers of Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nicaragua, in addition to prime ministers and former foreign ministers of countries from around the world.

The conference will focus on “The World Against Violence and Extremism” initiative proposal which the Iranian President put forth to the UN General Assembly last year.

Secretary General of the conference Mustafa Zahrani said earlier in a statement that the outcomes of the conference will be put in the form of suggestions that will be sent to the UN.

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