Syria's Pres. Assad congratulates Iran for joining world nuclear club
Damascus, April 12, IRNA
Assad-Rafsanjani-Meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulated the Iranian nation and government on the occasion of IRI's joining of the world nuclear club here Wednesday in a meeting with Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.
According to IRNA correspondent in Damascus, President Assad added, "The announcement of that good news was delighting for the Syrian nation as it was for our brethren Iranian nation." Referring to late Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad's memories of his close friendship with former Iranian President Rafsanjani and his memories of setting the foundations of the two countries' brotherly and most excellent ties, President Assad added, "Keeping in mind the sensitive regional and international developments we expected to see you here sooner."
Considering all regional Islamic countries as "civilized and deep-rooted", Assad reiterated, "The occupiers, particularly the Americans and Israelis, have to leave this region one day, while the regional countries would remain here constantly, and strongly."
He said that the pressure imposed by certain world powers against Syria's presence in Lebanon was a part of the psychological war launched against Damascus due to Tel Aviv's lobby in the West, adding, "Syria will not retreat from its righteous stands in its confrontation with enemies."
The Syrian President elaborated on latest developments in Iraq and Palestine, saying, "Glorious victory of Hamas in Palestine has taken aback the enemies, including Israel, and delighted the hearts of Palestinian nation's friends."
He added, "The Americans and Israelis do not know how to react toward that democratic development and have chosen to suppress the Palestinians more severely than ever before, which is a bigger mistake than their previous moves."
Assad reiterated, "Tehran's stands on Palestine and Iraq are pretty close to the stands of Damascus and we would like to know more about Islamic Republic of Iran's latest stands on Iraq."