by Mehdi Bagheri
TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that Western countries are in dire need of Iran
and Syria's cooperation and assistance, the official IRNA news agency reported.
At a joint press conference with
his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, Ahmadinejad said that "Iran and Syria
stand in a united front" and the West strongly needs to cooperate with them,
drawing upon Iran and Syria's key roles in regional issues.
The Syrian President is in Tehran for a one-day
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrives
at the airport in Teheran, capital of Iran, on Aug. 19, 2009. Bashar
al-Assad started his visit to Iran on Wednesday.(Xinhua/Ahmad
Ahmadinejad referred to the "resistance and
perseverance of regional nations against the West's adventurism" and said that
"the West tries to stop the trend in the region but ...the regional nations will
emerge victorious due to their spirit of resistance and they (West countries)
have already suffered a big defeat."
For his part, Assad congratulated Ahmadinejad on his
re-election of president, saying "I am sure that from now on, doors of the
international community will be wide open to Iran and Syria."
He condemned foreign intervention
in Iran's internal affairs, saying that "the main purpose of the interference of
enemies and the West in Iran's internal affairs is to prevent Iran and Syria
from gaining consecutive victories in the next four years."
Assad also discussed with Iranian foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki on some regional issues and the expansion of mutual
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waves
his hands after he arrives at the airport in Teheran, capital of Iran, on
Aug. 19, 2009. Bashar al-Assad started his visit to Iran on
The details of his talks with Ahmadinejad and Mottaki
were not released, but IRNA's report said that Wednesday's meetings had a point
of emphasizing the two countries' solid relations of the last three decades.
Syria is Iran's closest ally in the region and the
two countries enjoy common cultural, political and economic interests. Both
countries take Israel as their arc-foe and support Lebanese Shiite armed group
Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas movement in their struggle against Israel.
In the more recent development, Syria has reportedly
helped the release of French-Iranian citizen Nazak Afshar from Iran's jail.
Afshar was arrested on charges of participating in Iran's post-election unrest
Iran is currently carrying out a large number of
economic projects in Syria, including car production and housing projects, while
Damascus hosts thousands of Iranian tourists and pilgrims every year.
Syria supported Iran during the Iran-Iraq war of the
1980s, breaking from most other Arab countries.