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Assad says to make national dialogue successful while fighting terrorism

English.news.cn   2012-11-23 23:39:53            

DAMASCUS, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed Friday that his administration will keep working to make a national dialogue successful in tandem with fighting terrorism " that aims to destabilize the security and stability in Syria and the entire region."

Assad made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani, who flew here to hold talks with Assad on regional and international issues as well as the Syrian crisis on Friday.

According to the state-run SANA news agency, both parts reiterated their countries' keenness to keep reinforcing bilateral relations in all fields.

Assad said there is an ongoing connection between the Syrian and Iranian officials at all levels, adding that the week-long conflict between Gaza and Israel has taken most of the meeting's time.

For his side, Larijani said the meeting and discussion with Assad were "valuable and very good especially regarding the incidents that took place in Palestine and the big victory the Palestinian people had achieved."

"At the times when some regional countries feared to send one bullet to the Palestinians, the Syrian government and the people of Syria placed all potentials at the disposal of the Palestinian people," Larijani said, adding that the reforms in Syria should be concluded by political dialogue and not by sending weapons to the armed groups on ground.

Iran and Syria praised their roles in supporting the Palestinian armed militias with arms and training over the past years.

On Wednesday in Iran's capital Tehran, Larijani said his country had sent military aid to the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Gaza, which has been locked in a week-long conflict with Israel before a truce was reached later.

"We are proud to defend the people of Palestine and Hamas and that our assistance to them has been both financial and military," Larijani said last week without elaboration.

Iran has supplied Hamas with its Fajr 5 missile used to target Tel Aviv since an Israeli offensive on Gaza was launched on Nov. 14.

Iran has emerged as a staunch ally to the Syrian government during the 20-months-old crisis. Unlike the United States and other international players, Iran seemed to support the peaceful and political solution to Syria, according to Iranian officials.

Last week, Iran hosted a conference for the Syrian opposition and representatives of the Syrian government to find out common ground for national dialogue between the different spectra of the Syrian people.

The conference in Tehran called for a ceasefire and an end to the armed conflicts in the crisis-ridden country. It also opposed any foreign interference in Syria's political affairs.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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