Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi says he is certain that Syria will have a bright future ahead, hailing the Syrian people’s perseverance and resistance in the face of eleven years of foreign-backed war in their country.
Raeisi made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad in Tehran on Wednesday evening.
“I am sure that the future will benefit the people of that country and the patience and resistance of the Syrian people will make the future of the country and the region bright,” he said.
Echoing Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s remarks, the president said the Americans have no option but to withdraw from Syria.
“America’s withdrawal from east of the Euphrates and the entire region is the fundamental solution to the crises in West Asia,” he noted.
Raeisi also underlined the need for the Syrian army to regain its control over all of the borders of the Arab country.
“Syria’s national sovereignty must be respected,” he said, adding that ignoring the issues he mentioned will cause various threats.
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