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Military Attache: Iranian advisors presence in Syria to continue

Damascus, Iran's military attache in Syria Brigadier General Abolqassem Alinejad says one of articles of a defense agreement signed by the defense ministers of the two countries pertained to continued presence of Iranian military advisors in Syria.

He added that the defense agreement between Iran and Syria was in line with the intention of both countries' leaders to expand bilateral relations.

Development and consolidation of defense ties between Tehran and Damascus will help peace and stability in the region, he said, adding that supporting territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of Syria was underlined in the agreement as well.

Demining areas in different regions of Syria based on Iran's eight- year war experiences was another article in the agreement.

Alinejad stressed that in the eight year war in Syria, a number of its defense ministry factories have been damaged which are to be renovated in cooperation with Iran.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami paid a 2-day visit to Syria at the invitation of his Syrian counterpart.

General Hatami also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In his meeting with Syrian Defense Minister Lieutenant General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, the two sides discussed regional developments, fight against terrorism, ways of strengthening resistance axis and broadening defense and military cooperation between Tehran and Damascus.

The Iranian military delegation arrived in Damascus on Saturday.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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