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