"The government and nation of Iran stand by the Syrian people and are prepared to expand full cooperation with the Syrian government in order to help regional stability and security,” Ali Larijani said in a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday.
He noted that the Syrian government’s efforts to protect the country’s territorial integrity and counter terrorists should be appreciated.
Since the start of the crisis in Syria, Iran believed that the ongoing developments in Syria were aimed at propagating terrorism, violence and instability in the Middle Eastern region, the Majlis speaker said.
A deadly crisis has afflicted Syria since March 2011. The ISIL terrorists, who control parts of Syria and Iraq, are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.
Over 200 thousand people have been killed so far in the conflict going on in Syria, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein.
Bashar Assad, for his part, said his government is seriously following plans on uprooting terrorism and extremist ideology while working on reaching national reconciliation at the same time.