Iran’s Defense Minister in Syria for Talks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami traveled to Syria on Sunday for a series of high-profile meetings on ways to promote Tehran-Damascus military cooperation and coordinate the fight against terrorism.

Heading a ranking military delegation, General Hatami arrived in Damascus on Sunday morning for a two-day visit at the invitation of Syria’s Defense Minister General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub.

The Iranian minister is scheduled to hold talks with Syria’s top military and political officials on the latest regional developments, joint action against terrorism, strengthening the alliance known as ‘the axis of resistance’, and exploring avenues for closer military interaction between Iran and Syria.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Damascus, General Hatami said he aims to expand bilateral cooperation as Syria has entered the post-war reconstruction phase, adding, “We hope to develop an active partnership in Syria’s reconstruction.”

He also hailed the axis of resistance’s victories against terrorist groups as a milestone in the process of regional cooperation.

Since the outbreak of war and foreign militancy in Syria in 2011, Iran has stood by the Syrian government and supported its people against terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIL).

In recent months, the Syrian army has managed to liberate many of the areas occupied by terrorists and has begun the reconstruction process.

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