Iran backing Palestine, Syria as resistance axes: Diplomat

Iran backing Palestine, Syria as resistance axes: Diplomat

Wed Aug 6, 2014 5:42AM GMT

The Islamic Republic of Iran throws its weight behind Palestine and Syria as two nations standing up to aggression, says an Iranian official.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for Palestine and Syria as axes of resistance is rooted in Islamic principles,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Iranian official praised the Palestinian and Syrian people’s resistance and added, “Syria and Palestine’s victory in the face of the Zionist regime [of Israel]’s plots and aggression has made resistance stronger.”

Miqdad, for his part, said those who are committing crimes and killing children in the Gaza Strip, have killed the Syrian people and destroyed the country’s infrastructure with the support of the West

Countries which allow Israel to continue its crimes in Gaza and prevent the UN Security council from taking action over the case are those who ask the world body to permit military attacks on developing states such as Syria under unfounded pretexts, the Syrian official added.

He also appreciated Iran’s support for the Syrian and Palestinian people, calling for the enhancement of strategic Tehran-Damascus ties.

During the meeting, the Iranian and Syrian diplomats called on the international community to take action to stop the Israeli regime’s atrocities in Gaza.

The Israeli regime’s 29 days of relentless offensive against Gaza claimed the lives of at least 1,875 Palestinians, including 430 children and wounded over 9,600 others. A 72-hour ceasefire took effect on Tuesday. The Israeli military says 64 of its soldiers have been killed in the conflict, but Hamas puts the fatalities at more than 150.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly conflict since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

According to the United Nations, more than 130,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for over two years.