“Undoubtedly, deep-seated and longstanding relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Syrian Arab Republic indicate the two nations’ determination for broad cooperation in various political and economic sectors and countering plots [hatched] by enemies of the nations in the region, particularly the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Rohani said on Tuesday in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s congratulatory message.
He expressed confidence that the great and resistant people of Syria will leave behind the ongoing situation and succeed in preserving their independence and territorial integrity.
In his message to Rohani on June 16, Assad had underlined Syria’s determination to boost bilateral ties and cooperation with Iran.
Foreign-backed militancy in Syria, which broke out in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers.
Iran has repeatedly voiced its opposition to any foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs, calling for inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections as keys to the settlement of the crisis in the country.
In response to a separate letter of congratulation by secretary-general of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, the Iranian president-elect reiterated Tehran’s unwavering support for the resistant Lebanese and Palestinian people.
The Hezbollah leader, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, said in his message to Rohani that his election revived hope in the hearts of the oppressed people across the world, notably among supporters of Iran in the Arab and Muslim countries.
Rohani emerged victorious in Iran's June 14 presidential election, which was marked by a high voter turnout. He won 50.7 percent of a total of over 36 million ballots counted.
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