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Leader’s top aide: Iran-Syria ties strategic, lasting

Damascus, relations between Iran and Syria are strategic, lasting and inclusive, a senior advisor to Iran's supreme leader said on Thursday.

Syria has gained big achievements in a sensitive era, Ali-Akbar Velayati told reporters before leaving Damascus for Tehran.

Velayati, who is also the secretary general of the Global Association of the Islamic Awakening, visited Syria to participate in a conference on Quds.

The two-day conference that began on Tuesday in Damascus was hosted by Syria's Ministry of Religious Endowments (Awqaf) and a number of Iranian institutions. Scholars from 15 countries also participated in the conference.

Recent victories in Eastern Ghouta have prompted the opposition and enemies of Muslim world to react to the victories in order to undermine the achievements, he said.

Velayati stressed that Iran will continue its support for Syria in forms of consultations and exchange of views with the country's officials.

'Syria has been struggling with an international full-fledged war with the Zionist regime of Israel and the US at the center, and it has managed the sedition well,' Velayati said.

Syria is not weaker than what it was at the beginning of the war, and neither has the US become stronger than what it was before, he said, adding that the hype of the enemies are political propaganda.

The US has falsely accused Syrian government of conducting an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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