Syrian president thanks Iran for its role in Deir ez-zor vic­to­ries

Iran Daily - - National -

Syrian President Bashar al-as­sad in a mes­sage to Iran’s Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Seyyed Ali Khamenei thanked the coun­try for its role in break­ing the siege of Deir ez-zor city, a Daesh strong­hold in east­ern Syria.

The Ira­nian peo­ple have al­ways stood by Syria in its fight against ter­ror­ism, President As­sad said in the let­ter, a copy of which ob­tained by IRNA on Thurs­day.

“We share our vic­tory with the Ira­nian peo­ple who also sac­ri­fice their blood to stop ter­ror­ists,” As­sad said.

“In the be­gin­ning, I would like to con­grat­u­late in the warm­est terms Your Ex­cel­lency and the friendly gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Iran on the strate­gic achieve­ments that the Syrian Arab Army has made with the co­op­er­a­tion of our al­lies and friends, in break­ing the siege on Deir ez-zor city,” As­sad said in a part of the mes­sage. Last week, Syrian forces man­aged to break the years-long siege of Deir ez-zor, with the bat­tle con­tin­u­ing to re­cap­ture the city and drive out Daesh ter­ror­ists.

“Also, through Your Ex­cel­lency, I ex­press my deep grat­i­tude to the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran over its prin­ci­pled po­si­tions against ter­ror­ism and its sup­port for our peo­ple to lib­er­ate our home­land’s soil from the con­tam­i­na­tion of Tak­firi ter­ror­ists,” he added.

Iran has been pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary ad­vis­ers on the re­quest of the Syrian gov­ern­ment, help­ing turn around the bat­tle which has been go­ing on for more than six years now.

As­sad said, “The Syrian Arab Repub­lic and the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran are con­tin­u­ing the fight against op­pres­sion and ag­gres­sion and elim­i­nat­ing the threats of ter­ror­ism.”

The Syrian leader also called Iran and Syria part­ners “in es­tab­lish­ing a re­gional and in­ter­na­tional sys­tem based on jus­tice, equal­ity and dig­nity for all na­tions and coun­tries.”

“In the name of the peo­ple of the Syrian Arab Repub­lic, I be­stow my high­est grat­i­tude to Your Ex­cel­lency and the friendly na­tion of Iran, and ask God to make our steps firmer in the cause of the well-be­ing of our two na­tions and the en­tire hu­man­ity,” As­sad wrote.

Since the break of the Deir ez-zor siege, the Syrian Army has brought re­in­force­ments to the city which is the cap­i­tal of an oil-rich east­ern prov­ince of the same name.

Daesh has re­cently re­treated from much of the ter­ri­tory un­der its con­trol amid sweep­ing ad­vances by Syrian Army sol­diers and al­lied fighters on the bat­tle­field.

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