Larijani: Iran to continue supporting Syria

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Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic will continue to support the Syrian nation in the face of the foreign-sponsored crisis plaguing the Arab state, PressTV reported.

Larijani made the remarks during a Monday meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, who is in Tehran to participate in a meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Member States (PUOICM).

The Iranian Majlis speaker hailed the Syrian nation and government's "resistance" against the Western-backed turmoil in their country, saying, "The prospect of the developments in Syria is improving."

Laham, for his part, thanked the Iranian nation and government for standing by Syria all through the bloody crisis in the country.

The Syrian official also praised Tehran for hosting the PUOICM meeting, expressing gratitude to the Islamic Republic for its efforts to strengthen solidarity among the Muslim nations and to solve the existing problems in the Muslim world.

The two parliamentary officials further exchanged views on the latest developments Syria and the entire Middle East.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. Reports say over 130,000 people have so far been killed and millions displaced due to the foreign-backed violence.

The Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are reportedly supporting the militants operating against Syria.

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 the keys to the settlement of the crisis in the country.

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