Editor’s note: Yesterday the UK Telegraph and today the Guardian report a coup attempt in Damascus and the arrest of General Mamlouk, seen above with President Assad greeting the Iranian delegation in Damascus, a photo taken today but censored in the UK.
13 May، 2015
Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received Chairman of the Iranian Shura Council’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security Alaeddin Boroujerdi and the accompanying delegation.
Talks during the meeting dealt with the fraternal relations between Syria and Iran and the mutual commitment of both countries’ leaderships to continue bolstering cooperation and coordination on all levels and in all fields.
They also discussed the regional developments and the continuing support provided by some states and regional forces for terrorists whom they use as a pawn to pursue these states’ interests at the expense of the region’s people and to undermine stability and spread chaos.
Boroujerdi stressed that the determination and steadfastness of the Syrian people and the strength of their army and leadership are capable of defeating terrorism and its supporters, asserting that Iran is committed to continuing its support and will spare no effort to help Syrians until victory is achieved.
He affirmed that no force in the world can affect the unique relationship between the Syrians and the Iranians and their commitment to realizing their mutual interests and restoring stability in the region.
For his part, President al-Assad thanked the Iranian government and people for their support to Syria in the face of terrorism, asserting that the escalation of the war against Syrians by terrorists and their supporters and the use of lies and propaganda to achieve what they couldn’t achieve on the ground has failed and will always fail to undermine the Syrians’ steadfastness and determination to eliminate terrorism with the help of friendly states like Iran.
The President congratulated Iran for the achievements that have been made regarding the Iranian nuclear issue, saying that the Syrian people, like all other peoples who are committed to their sovereignty and independent decision-making, view these achievements as a victory for all those who believe in their just rights and causes.
The meeting was attended by Director of the National Security Bureau Gen. Ali Mamlouk and Iranian Ambassador in Damascus Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani.
NATO: Establishing buffer zones in Syria not a decision for NATO to make
Anatolia, Turkey, SANA – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated that establishing buffer zones in Syria, something which some states in the region are demanding, is not within the NATO’s authority.
During the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Anatolia on Wednesday, Stoltenberg said no decision on making buffer zones in Syria would be made during that meeting, and that this issue had been discussed several times, but the NATO isn’t the side with the authority to decide whether to establish a buffer zone in Syria or not.
He also stressed that NATO is not involved directly in the operations of the U.S.-led alliance against ISIS, even though NATO member states are taking part in these operations in Iraq and Syria, highlighting that “NATO is not the side taking decisions or leading the alliance.”
Boroujerdi: We are still standing by the Syrian people and Government
13 May، 2015
Damascus, SANA – Chairman of the Iranian Shura Council’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that his visit to Syria comes to speak out loud in the face of the false media campaigns and to stress that his country is still standing by the Syrian Government and people as a big part of the war against Syria is a psychological one.
Boroujerdi, during his meeting Wednesday with Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, hailed the steadfastness of the Syrian Arab Army in Jisr al-Shugour city, wishing that the army will defeat terrorism in the city again.
He indicated that the most pressures on Iran with regard to the nuclear file are exerted by Israel and Saudi Arabia which is adopting the policy of the Zionist entity, the enemy of the Arab and Islamic World, and it is a shame on Saudi Arabia to do that.
For his part, al-Laham stressed that the Syrian-Iranian relations have been a main factor of stability in the region and have guaranteed the rights of the peoples of the two countries in the face of the Western greed, adding that countering extremism and terrorism in the region entails joint regional and international efforts and an honest international will in the face of terrorism.
Al-Laham indicated that what is currently taking place in Yemen of an aggressive war against its people is a part and parcel of the terrorist war launched against Syria and Iraq and it is a part of the scheme of spreading terrorism and chaos and partitioning the states of the region and undermining their peoples.
“It is time to take a decisive stance in the face of the killers of culture, history and people,” al-Laham said.
In a statement after the meeting, Boroujerdi said that the recent act of entering the Syrian territories illegally by the Turkish Prime Minister was illogical and that it violates all international laws and accords, stressing the need for exposing the governments that facilitate the entry of terrorists to Syria in the media.
Answering a question on his assessment of Iran’s invitation (by the UN) to Geneva latest consultations, Boroujerdi said “They reached a result that they shouldn’t repeat the mistakes which they committed in Geneva 1 and 2 as our policies are based on solving the crisis internally among the Syrians themselves and we reject any foreign interference and consequently, the countries which claim that they support democracy should allow the Syrian people to choose their fate by themselves.”
He also announced that an Iranian economic delegation headed by Advisor to the First Deputy of the Iranian President, Rostam Ghasemi, will visit Syria next week to follow up on signed agreements, adding that Iran is prepared to host a meeting for heads of parliaments of states that are friendly towards Syria.
Earlier Wednesday, Boroujerdi renewed his country’s full support to Syria in facing terrorism and the Takfiri terrorists who threaten the whole world.
In a statement to SANA reporter in Tehran before leaving for Damascus, Boroujerdi said that “Our visit to Syria stems from our feeling of great responsibility towards the country, and to strongly express our full support to it… This visit also aims at firmly stressing our rejection of the western-US-Zionist schemes and conspiracies targeting Syria”
He clarified that the visit is meant to provide support to the Syrians by the Iranian Shura Council and the Iranian people in confronting terrorism and the Takfiri ideology as well as the schemes that are targeting Syria to boost its resilience after four years of steadfastness and firmness only to prove that victory is Syria’s ally and the Syrians are to definitely overcome the crisis.
Boroujerdi stressed that repercussions of the unethical act of the USA, the West and their tools in the region- supporting terrorism and terrorists- will be rebound on them, and they are now worried that their citizens would come back home after getting involved in terrorism.
He stressed that terrorists and those behind them will not fulfill their goals in Syria and their schemes will fall apart.