After visiting Hezbollah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif touched down in Damascus on Wednesday, where he reunited with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The two discussed their battles against “terrorism and extremism.”
“I say to the other (regional) players and to our neighbors that now is the time to care about the truth, answer the aspirations of the Syrian people and work to fight terrorism, extremism, and sectarianism,” Zarif said.
Iran is the chief sponsor of the Assad regime in Syria, which has been deemed primarily responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Syrians caught in the crossfire between the Iran-backed government troops and Sunni jihadist forces.
Mere hours before the Iranian Foreign Minister touched down in Damascus, the capital city was subject to battles between Assad’s army and rebel forces. Bashar al-Assad’s air force bombed areas outside the capital, resulting in the deaths of dozens of people, according to reports. Through the day, opposition forces fired artillery at loyalist targets in central Damascus.
Zarif said that a solution to the ongoing violence should remain “far from any foreign intervention and in a way that preserves the country’s territorial unity” and independence, according to Syria’s state-controlled SANA news agency.
But the Iranian diplomat’s statement may come off as hypocritical given the fact that Iranian forces (and militants from the Tehran-controlled Hezbollah terrorist organization) have deployed into Syria to help prop up the Assad regime.
The Iranian Foreign Minister is set to present a four-point plan to the United Nations that includes allowing Assad to remain in the premiership while implementing a long-term ceasefire, according to a Lebanese source who saw the proposal, Haaretz reported.
Earlier on Wednesday, Zarif met in Lebanon with Hezbollah terror leader Hassan Nasrallah. The two agreed that the recent nuclear deal inked with world powers and the United States creates a “historic opportunity” to “face threats posed by the Zionist entity,” a Hezbollah media outlet reported.