0528 GMT February 25, 2020
In a Wednesday meeting with visiting Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis, Rouhani said that had the Takfiri terrorists and their supporters won in Aleppo, “a dangerous path would have opened up for the region and an uncertain future befallen it,” Press TV reported.
Late last year, the Syrian Army managed to liberate the eastern sector of Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city, which had fallen to terrorist groups back in 2012. By doing so, the Syrian forces both restored the entirety of the city to government control and dealt the hardest blow to the terrorists since the onset of their campaign of foreign-backed violence in Syria in 2011.
Government forces later secured the evacuation of remaining civilians and armed elements from the city under a cease-fire deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey, which were respectively representing the Syrian government and the armed factions. The Aleppo deal set the stage for a landmark all-Syria truce deal between Damascus and foreign-backed militant groups.
Rouhani said the victory in Aleppo showed the world that “the Syrian people are capable of defending their homeland in the face of terrorists, and that the terror groups and their sponsors will never be able to achieve their goals”.
The Iranian chief executive praised the Aleppo triumph as well as the Syria cease-fire as “two important steps towards establishment of peace and stability in the Arab country”.
This favorable opportunity should be seized to step up the fight against terrorists, said Rouhani, stressing, “What is sought by all of Syria’s friends is for peace and stability to return to the country so people can easily decide their future.”
“The Iranian government, people, and Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] have always stood by the Syrian people and will always do so,” the Iranian president noted.
Khamis said the Aleppo victory owes to the perseverance and resistance of the Syrian people and army, as well as Iran’s unstinting support.
He asserted that the Syrians were intent upon returning security to their country.