Iranian Defence Minister offers \Assad to expand Syria’s military power

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian president Bashar Assad, meets with Iran's Defense minister Amir Hatami, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Iran has provided key support to Assad in the seven-year civil war, sending thousands of military advisers and allied militiamen to bolster his forces. (SANA via AP) Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/world/-181054-iran-says-no-third-party-will-limit-its-support-to-syria/
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian president Bashar Assad, meets with Iran’s Defense minister Amir Hatami, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Iran has provided key support to Assad in the seven-year civil war, sending thousands of military advisers and allied militiamen to bolster his forces. (SANA via AP)
Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/world/-181054-iran-says-no-third-party-will-limit-its-support-to-syria/

Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami arrived in Syria on Sunday for meetings with President Bashar al-Assad and senior defense and military officials as part of a two-day visit, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Iranian forces have backed Assad in the country’s civil war.

“Not only the people of the region, but the people of the world are indebted to the battles that have taken place against terrorists in Syria,” Hatami told Assad in a meeting, according to Tasnim.

Hatami also told Assad that he was hopeful that all of Syria would soon be “liberated” and displaced Syrians could return home.

“Relations between the two countries are strong and stable,” Assad said in the meeting, according to Tasnim.

Hatami also met with Syrian Defence Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub and discussed the latest situation with “takfiri groups”, he said at a news conference in Damascus, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).

Iranian officials usually refer to Sunni Muslim extremist groups as “takfiris.”

Iran can help Syria in expanding its military arsenal, Hatami said at the conference.

“The Islamic Republic has high capabilities in the area of defense and can help Syria in expanding their military equipment,” he said, according to ISNA.

 U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said last week that Iran should remove its forces from Syria.

Senior Iranian officials have said their military presence in Syria is at the invitation of the Assad government and they have no immediate plans to withdraw.

Hatami also said Iran can help with the reconstruction of Syria.

“We hope to have a productive role in the reconstruction of Syria,” Hatami said on arrival in Syria, according to Fars News.

More than 1,000 Iranians, including senior members of the elite Revolutionary Guards, have been killed in Syria since 2012.

The Guards initially kept quiet about their role in the Syria conflict. But in recent years, as casualties have mounted, they have been more outspoken about their engagement, framing it as an existential struggle against the Sunni Muslim fighters of Islamic State who see Shi’ites – the majority of Iran’s population – as apostates.

 

REUTERS

  • Niemals

    Hatami said Iran can help with the reconstruction of Syria, how about the reconstruction of Iranian economy?

    Furthermore Iran is claiming that it has a full control of the Gulf, and the US Navy does not belong there, according to the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Alireza Tangsiri. (Tasnim news agency).

    “We can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf and there is no need for the presence of aliens like the U.S. and the countries whose home is not in here,” 🤫 he said in the quote, which appeared in English translation on Tasnim.

    • Rascal

      The war with Hezb/Iran is still coming. Do you think Iran gives a shiite about its own people? They have been humiliated so bad by Israel in the last few years that I think you will still see that the IRGC is not done pushing forward with plans to invade Israel from Golans and Lebanon at the same time. If you listen to Nasrallahs latest speech he is trying to convince himself and his followers that Israels soldiers are metal cases and the IDF is not prepared to fight against battle hardened shiite troops. Its like a pep talk for the coming battle.

      • Niemals

        New signs of instability in Iran?
        “Iran’s Parliament voted Tuesday to reject President Hassan Rouhani’s explanations for economic hardship after a dramatic grilling on live TV, a sign his pragmatic faction is losing sway to hard-line rivals as new U.S. sanctions begin to bite.

        The vote came two days after lawmakers sacked the economy and finance minister and weeks after they sacked the labor minister, blaming them for the collapse of the rial currency and surging inflation.”

        “I want to assure the Iranian nation that we will not allow the U.S. plot against the Islamic Republic to succeed,” Rouhani told Parliament. “We will not let this bunch of anti-Iranians in the White House be able to plot against us.” Iran’s official unemployment rate is 12 percent, with youth unemployment as high as 25 percent in a country where 60 percent of the 80 million population is under 30.

        Rouhani said such anti-government protests had encouraged Trump to try to provoke more unrest by harming Iran’s economy. “The protests tempted Trump to withdraw from the nuclear deal,” he said, asking lawmakers to support his Cabinet and not add to anti-government sentiment.

        Although the economic problems were critical, Rouhani said: “More important than that is that many people have lost their faith in the future of the Islamic Republic and are in doubt about its power.”
        (TDS)

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