Iran’s President Rouhani reaffirms support for Syrian leader Assad

Vastavam Web: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called Bashar al-Assad to reaffirm his support for the Syrian leader in the wake of a US missile strike, Rouhani’s office said today.”The nation of Iran will remain alongside the Syrian nation in fighting terrorism and safeguarding Syria’s territorial integrity,” Rouhani said in the call last evening, according to a statement on the presidency website.He said Western allegations that Assad’s regime was behind a chemical weapons attack last week were “baseless” and suggested it was carried out by rebel groups to influence global public opinion.

Assad said the US missile strikes on a Syrian air base, launched in response to the chemical weapons attack, only made him more determined.”The United States failed to achieve its goal with this aggression, which was to raise the morale of the terrorist groups it supports after the victories achieved by the Syrian army,” Assad told Rouhani, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.Iran and Russia have been the key backers of Assad and refer to all Syrian opposition groups as “terrorists”.