September 15, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Syrian President Bashar Assad has sent a letter to Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, thanking him and Iran for their assistance in the war in Syria for helping lift the ISIS-imposed siege on Deir Ezzor.
“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 Ezzor city,” Assad said in a part of the message.
This comes as only last week pro-Syrian government forces broke the three-year long siege on Deir Ezzor city.
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President Assad said, “We regard the Iranian people who have always dedicated their blood alongside us in the fight against terrorism as partners in this victory.”
“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.
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.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.