Tuesday 24 May 2022 -
Tuesday 24 May 2022 -
Iran and Syria have discussed further deepening of bilateral relations as well as ways of defusing unilateral sanctions imposed on Damascus by the United States and its allies.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Aide for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, during which the two sides discussed the most important regional and international developments.
According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, the two sides focused on various ways to boost Tehran-Damascus cooperation in order to counteract the economic sanctions imposed on Syria by the United States and its allies and also explored ways to defuse US bans through cooperation with friendly countries.
The senior Iranian official also met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Monday, discussing relations between the two countries and the current state of affairs in the regional and international arenas.
The two sides expressed satisfaction over the rapid pace of development of the strategic relations between the two countries in all fields, which would enable them to handle mutual challenges and overcome difficulties caused by the economic terrorism practiced by US and its allies.
The Iranian official also underlined the necessity of further expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries to face the US-led economic embargo on Syria.
The much-condemned Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act came into effect on June 17, six months after it was signed into law by US President Donald Trump, targeting individuals and businesses anywhere in the world that operate either directly or indirectly within the sphere of Syria's economy.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the American sanctions at the time as “a crime against humanity and a flagrant violation of the international law that targets the livelihood of the Syrians."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the anti-Syria sanctions “the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure” to deny the government of the Syrian president of “revenue and support.”