Iran's head of supreme national security council Saed Jalili speaks at a press conference in Damascus, Syria on Feb. 4, 2013. Saed Jalili said here Monday that Israel will regret its recent attack on a Syrian military research center. (Xinhua/Bassem Tellawi)
DAMASCUS, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Iran's head of supreme national security council Saed Jalili said here Monday that Israel will regret its recent attack on a Syrian military research center.
Speaking at a press conference Monday at the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Jalili said that as Israel had regretted previous wars and aggressions, it will also regret its attack on Wednesday, adding that the Syrian government and people are serious in that regard.
His remarks came against the backdrop of the Israeli airstrike that hit a Syrian military research center in the Jumraia suburb of the capital Damascus on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Jalili, who arrived in Syria on Saturday to discuss the Israeli attack, said that Iran will capitalize on all its relationships in the international circles to support Syria, adding Syria is an important part of the Islamic world, which " will never permit any aggression on it."
The Israeli attack "has proven its failure to stir up internal differences in Syria," he said. "The Zionist enemy, its allies and tools are trying to hit the resistance in the area" as they have realized that there is a "genuine chance for a unity around the idea of resistance."
Jalili pointed out that Syria is espousing the path of resistance and has defended its causes "and subsequently it would be an aim for the enemies who will go on with avenging it."
On the crisis in Syria, Jalili reasserted that the solution for the crisis in Syria can only be "Syrian," emphasizing the " democratic means and national dialogue" as the way out.
"We have stressed, from the very beginning, that terrorism and violence could not be conducive to bringing in stability in this country," he said, adding that supporting the Syrian people could not be done through undermining the infrastructure but rather through national dialogue.
"We believe that the political program outlined recently by Syrian President Bashar a-Assad will pose the appropriate base for dialogue," he stressed, adding that "foreign intervention, terrorist practices and violent acts are all condemned."
On Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said during his meeting with Jalili that Syria is capable of repulsing any aggression that might target its people, thanks to the strength of its military and the awareness of its people.
During the meeting, Assad stressed that "this aggression reveals the real role Israel is playing in cooperation with external hostile powers and their tools on the Syrian ground to destabilize the stability of Syria."
Although the details surrounding the rare air raid are still murky, Syria threatened Thursday to retaliate for the brazen attack, and its main regional ally Iran said there will be repercussions for the Jewish state over the air raid.
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak confirmed the airstrike on Sunday at a time the United Nations called for self-restraint.
Syria said the bombed facility in Jurmaya had been repeatedly targeted by rebels who failed to storm it, adding that Israel did what the rebels could not.
U.S. officials said the Israeli airstrike targeted a convoy carrying anti-aircraft weapons and heading form Syria to Lebanon. Syria denied the claim and said the air raid targeted a research center for scientific purposes.
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