''The strategic relations between Syria and Iran, permanent bilateral cooperation and coordination in all fields, and the continued support to the Syrian People have been one of the main reasons for the steadfastness of Syria, ''

H.E. President Assad, July 20, 2017, upon receiving the visiting Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Jaberi Ansari.

 

 

"Syria is hand in hand with Iran in fighting terrorism in absolute and firm solidarity with Iran, people and government,"

President Assad in a phone call with President Rouhani, June 8, 2017.

 

"The terrorists and their masters resorted to the heinous terrorist aggressions against Iran  and to their self-created tools as to achieve political changes to their interests, because of their failure in weakening Iran and the Iranians in whatever means,"

President Assad in a phone call with President Rouhani, June 8, 2017.

 

 "The Iranian presidential elections have presented the world with a leading example to be followed  as being  held in a high spirit of democracy and responsibility."

From President Assad's congratulatory letter to President Hassan Rouhani on winning a second term as president of Iran, May 20, 2017.

"Let’s be very clear about their position, which is not to support the Syrian government or the Syrian president, because in the West they try to portray it as a personal problem, and as Russia and China and other countries and Iran support that person as president. It’s not the case. China is a member of the Security Council, and it’s committed to the Charter of the United Nations. In that veto, China has defended first of all the Charter, because the United Nations was created in order to restore stability around the world. Actually, the Western countries, especially the permanent members of the Council as a tool or means in order to change regimes or governments and to  implement their agenda, not to restore stability, and actually to create more instability around the world. So the second part is that China restored stability in the world by creating some kind of political balance within the United Nations, of course in cooperation with Russia, which is very important for the whole world. Of course, Syria was the headline, the main headline, this is good for Syria, but again it’s good for the rest of the world. Third, the same countries that wanted to use the UN Charter for their own vested interested are the same countries who interfered or tried to intervene in your country in the late 90s, and they used different headlines, human rights, and so on, and you know that, and if they had the chance, they would change every government in the world, whether big country or small country, just when this government tries to be a little bit independent. So, China protected the Chinese interests, Syrian interests, and the world interests, especially the small countries or the weak countries."

From President Assad's Chinese PHOENIX TV Interview, March 11, 2017

 

 

"Iran plays a constructive role through backing the Syrians steadfastness in the face of the terrorism  war imposed on the Syrians as well in working  for finding a peaceful solution in safeguarding for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the Syrian People,"

From H.E. President Assad's statements upon receiving a visiting Iranian delegation on January 26, 2017.

 

 

"Iran  and all countries which stand by the Syrian People are partners in the accomplishments achieved against terrorists."

From President Assad's Statements to Iranian Delegation, January 4, 2017.

"the support provided by Iran  to Syria politically and economically which greatly contributed to the bolstering of the Syrians steadfastness."

From President Assad's Statements to Iranian Delegation, January 4, 2017.

 

"Russia is very important, Iran is very important, Hezbollah is very important. All of them are important. Each one made important achievements against the terrorists in Syria, so it’s difficult to say who is more important than the other."

From President Assad RTP TV Interview, December 14, 2016

 

"Of Course, and in detail. Iran is a state, and a state builds its policy on principles on the first instance but relations between states are not necessarily based solely on common principles. Certainly, there are no common principles between the Iranian state and the Muslim Brotherhood. But part of the role of the Iranian state in achieving stability in the region, is that it seeks to have relations in all directions, including with the Turkish state. Erdogan is affiliated with the Muslim brotherhood and his regime follows the same trend. Nevertheless, there is non-stop dialogue between Iran and Turkey. This does not mean that they have common principles and visions. But the positive aspect in this case is similar to the Russian-Turkish relation, i.e. trying to limit harm and damage. The same applies to the dialogue between Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. It is an attempt to convince these groups perhaps to embrace political opposition and stay away from terrorism. Here we come back to the same point: we have no hope that they will change. They have been like this for eighty years, but we are not against any state or any power which tries to push this group away from terrorism, particularly that, in the nineteen eighties, there are groups which left the Brotherhood and abandoned violence. On the individual level, there are groups which came back to Syria and embraced the patriotic state, and lived and died in Syria. So, this is possible on the personal level, but hope remains limited."

President Assad's Interview with Al-Watan Daily, December 7, 2016.

 

 

"Russia is very important, Iran is very important, Hezbollah is very important. All of them are important. Each one made important achievements against the terrorists in Syria, so it’s difficult to say who is more important than the other."

From President Assad's  RTP Portuguese TV Interview, November 16, 2016

 

 

" It has many aspects. The first one, if you want to talk about the regional conflict, Syria has a good relation with Iran, and Saudi Arabia wanted to, let’s  say, destroy Iran completely, maybe in the political sense and maybe in the material sense or factual sense, for different reasons. So they wanted Syria to go against Iran, that’s why destroying Syria could affect Iran negatively. That’s how I look at it.

From President Assad’s  Komsomolskaya Pravda Interview, October 13, 2016

"But before the crisis, it wasn’t an offer; they wanted to use Syria indirectly. Not offer, they wanted to convince us to do something. The main issue was, at that time around the world, was the nuclear file of Iran. It was the main issue around the world, and Syria has to convince Iran to go against its interests, that time. France tried, Saudi Arabia wanted us at that time to be away from Iran with no reason, just because they hate Iran."

From President Assad’s  Komsomolskaya Pravda Interview, October 13, 2016

 

''And if you look at the meeting that happened recently between the Ministers of Defense in Iran, in Tehran; Syrian, Russian, and Iranian, this means there’s good coordination regarding fighting terrorism.''

From President Assad's Interview with the Australian SBS TV, July 1, 2016.

''Because it wasn’t about the President, it’s not about the person. This is the misinterpretation, or let’s say the misconception in the West, and maybe part of the propaganda, that Russia and Iran supported Assad, or supported the President. It’s not like this. It’s about the whole situation. The chaos in Syria is going to provoke a domino effect in our region, that’s going to affect the neighboring countries, it’s going to affect Iran, it’s going to affect Russia, it’s going to affect Europe, actually. So, when they defend Syria, they defend the stability and they defend their stability, they defend their interest. And at the same time, it’s about the principle. They defend the Syrian people and their right to protect themselves. Because if they defend the President and the Syrian people are not with him and don’t support him, I cannot withstand five years just because Russia and Iran support me. So, it’s not about the President, it’s about the whole situation, the bigger picture, let’s say.''

From President Assad's Interview with the Australian SBS TV, July 1, 2016.

 

"Definitely the Russian and the Iranian support were essential for our army to make this advancement."

From President Assad's Interview with Spanish El Pais Newspaper, February 21, 2016.

 

 

“Syria’s friendly countries like Iran and Russia have played a key role in supporting the steadfastness of the Syrian people over the past five years and in helping them achieve victories in their battle against takfiri terrorism; victories that may specify, to a large extent, the features of a new world map.”

H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad, January 12, 2015.

 

"The Russian role is very important.  It has had a significant impact on both the military and political arena in Syria.  But to say that without this role, the government or the state would have collapsed, is hypothetical.  Since the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, there were bets on the collapse of the government.  First it was a few weeks, then it was a few months and then a few years.  Every time it was the same wishful thinking.  What is definite is that the Russian support to the Syrian people and government from the very beginning, along with the strong and staunch support of Iran, has played a very important part in the steadfastness of the Syrian state in the fight against terrorism."

 

From H.E. President Bashar Assad's Sunday Times Interview, December 6, 2015.

 

 

 

"Now, the discussion continues between us and our Iranian brothers at the foreign ministry in order to take into account this important change, so that it becomes not necessarily part of the Iranian initiative, but to make the initiative compatible with these important and positive changes on the Syrian arena, and probably on the Syrian-Iraqi arena. That is why I say that this initiative is very important and necessary, particularly after signing the Iranian nuclear deal, and with European officials starting to communicate with Iran. We believe that the Iranian role has become important for us in Syria through this initiative. Of course, when it is complete the details are integrated, it will be announced."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

"It has a tremendous impact, not in the way some people see it in terms of Iran’s technical, scientific or political capabilities. It has a great and extensive impact on all developing countries, because Iran is a developing country which has broken the knowledge blockade imposed on developing countries in order for the West to monopolize knowledge in certain areas, particularly that oil resources are being exhausted, and the future becoming dependent on nuclear energy.
All what has been said about this issue concerning the nuclear bomb was merely an illusion and fake marketing on the part of the West, because the real nuclear bombs they fear are the brains which now exist in Iran. This is the challenge. Iran is a developing country that provided a model. It emerged from a destructive war that lasted eight years, but the people were united and provided patriotic models. It provided a model of independence and that is why it achieved this result. This is the model which worries the West, and it is the model which concerns us as a developing country, as a country which maintains a strong relationship with us.
On the other hand, you and we are strategic allies; so if Iran is stronger, Syria will be stronger, and vice versa. From another perspective, had Iran abandoned its rights in the nuclear file, that concession would have been used as the new standard which will be applied to other countries, regardless of the legitimate international right of all countries to obtain nuclear energy. In the future, Syria or any other similar country might need nuclear energy."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

 "What Iran has won by its steadfastness and through the intelligence of its negotiators will be applied to all these other countries in the future. What you won, we have won as a developing country. That is why this is a very important aspect.
The final aspect is that related to the crisis. Acknowledging the real weight of Iran and its regional role will give it an opportunity to use its increasing influence to persuade the West that their policies are wrong. Of course, I do not pin, nor do you I believe, great hopes on the West changing its colonialist world view and moving in the right direction, but any effort made by Iran must have its impact. This impact, even if it were limited, would accumulate in time in order to mitigate the damage inflicted on our country by the colonialist West, practically now in relation to the situation in Syria and through your renewed relation with the European countries."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.


"When we are independent, we cooperate first politically, economically and militarily. Of course, we have been able to achieve the best in cooperating politically during the past three and a half decades, since the success of the Iranian Revolution. But I believe that we have not done enough economically, despite the conditions in which Syria lives. I believe this is an important area, and this is what I discussed with Iranian officials. The crisis itself might be an opportunity, particularly in light of the Western sanctions against Syria, for economic relations to develop between us and Iran. There are also military relations which are old and go back to the same period. They are advanced relations and we cooperate in detail with Iran on military issues. So, it is a comprehensive cooperation in all areas, but as I said, priority is given to the independence of decision-making in the region and preventing more countries from falling under Western hegemony."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

"First, the relationship between his imminence, the Supreme Leader, and me is a brotherly relationship despite the difference in years between us. It is a genuine brotherly relationship. He is possessed with special attributes in terms of clarity and adherence to principles. These are the things you look for in any politician; and I believe these are the attributes which are in harmony with Iranian policies and the Iranian people’s adherence to principles. They provided a new model in the possibility for states to maintain their principles and interests at the same time based on principles and not on short term political tactics or opportunistic political tactics.
This is what his imminence, the Supreme Leader, provided during the Syrian crisis. I’m also talking about Iranian policies before that; because the current policy is a continuation of the policies of Imam Khomeini who also embodied the adherence to principles. This has been the shape of Iranian policies since the revolution, with one difference only: the fact that they developed continuously to meet the needs of the times. They are based on the same principles but they always have more developed manifestations. In fact Iran’s support to Syria is based on a popular position now; but his imminence, the Supreme Leader, has an essential role through his directives to Iranian institutions; and we are familiar with the details of these directives in terms of the mechanisms of supporting the Syrian institutions in order to support Syria in her ferocious war against terrorism and the countries which support it."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

"The Iranian people are principled. And the second word is loyalty, for the Iranian people have been loyal to Syria which supported Iran when it went through war for eight years. That war had the same objectives which they want to achieve in Syria today, but in a different form, using different tools and under different international circumstances. The Iranian people and leadership have not forgotten Syria’s position at that time. When most countries of the world tried impose sanctions against Iran, Syria was, I don’t want to say the only state, but one of the few states which stood by Iran, but it was the clearest in its position. Today, whenever we meet any Iranian individuals they talk about Syria’s role at that time. Today, Iran pays back loyalty with loyalty, truthfulness and transparency. On the other hand, the Iranian people have a certain vision and a certain methodology which actually led you to the nuclear deal. When you see things clearly, enemies and opponents cannot deceive you."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

"This vision for the region in general, including Syria, and including Iran’s future and also the future of the region is very important for the stability which we seek in the coming decades. These characteristics are very important, and I talked a short while ago about patriotism, about the patriotic model provided by the Iranian people. I cite a simple example: when they started their attempts to stir unrest in Iran, it was the first country in which they wanted to implement the regional model through the 2008 elections. I met a number of European officials who told me that the Iranian state will fall soon. Of course they say “regime” and not “state”, because they do not recognize our states or peoples. I used to say no, these movements will fail. And Iran, the Iranian society, people and state were able to isolate this limited attempt, and all other attempts failed. Unfortunately, this succeeded in other countries of the region. These are patriotic models: the Iranians uniting around the nuclear file despite the different political currents in Iran. There are national issues around which you unite. I believe that all these attributes represent the Iranian people."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

 


 

 

''The relationship between Syria and Iran is an old one. It is over three-and-a-half decades old. There is an alliance based on a great degree of trust. That’s why we believe that the Iranian role is important. Iran supports Syria and the Syrian people. It stands with the Syrian state politically, economically and militarily. When we say militarily, it doesn’t mean - as claimed by some in the Western media - that Iran has sent an army or armed forces to Syria. That is not true. It sends us military equipment, and of course there is an exchange of military experts between Syria and Iran. This has always been the case, and it is natural for this cooperation to grow between the two countries in a state of war. Yes, Iranian support has been essential to support Syria in its steadfastness in this difficult and ferocious war.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Russian Media Interview, September 16, 2015.

 

“Was Syria presented as an offering? Certainly not, but we could say that Syria made offerings,” the President elaborated, saying that when one’s allies are strong, that makes you strong, and when they are weakened, you are weakened as well, but saying that Syria’s steadfastness led to the nuclear deal is an oversimplification as the deal is the result of a long process began by the Iranian people a long time ago, with Iran withstanding pressure for 12 years and holding fast to its principles throughout the negotiations during the past two years."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 “In this context, the steadfastness and unity of the Iranian people regarding the nuclear issue are the two most important factors that led to this achievement. As for the Syrian factor, perhaps I can’t be certain; the Iranians are best suited to specify this point, but it could have been one of the contributing factors,”

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 "Iran now has more prospects to play a bigger role in it, and Iran’s strength will strength Syria, and in the same way Syria’s victory will be a victory for Iran."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 "Syria and Iran share viewpoints and have mutual principles, and they form the axis of resistance, and so the principles will not change; only some tactics may change, or maybe some results on the ground."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 "The support provided to the Syrian People by the Islamic Republic of Iran is but a fundamental cornerstone in the battle against terrorism."

From H. E. President Al-Assad May 19, 2015 statements.


"The same relation that we could have described 35 years ago since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, when Syria stood by that revolution, supported it while many countries, but mainly the West and the Gulf states, stood against it, then later Saddam Hussein attacked Iran and we supported Iran. Now, Iran supports Syria. So, it’s a mutual support which is actually an alliance. So, it’s an alliance. That’s how I can describe it."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

"Iran never tried to control my country. Never. And the Syrian people, by nature, they won’t accept anyone to control their country. So, when Iran supports Syria, that doesn’t mean it controls, doesn’t mean it tries to impose what it wants on the Syrian government. What you say, we couldn’t survive without Iran and Hezbollah, this is a hypothetical question for one reason: sometimes small support in a big war will lead you to bigger results, in any war or any conflict, will give big results. So, whether this support is small or big, it has given a result, we cannot deny this, and their position, supporting Syria, was vital for us. But how was it without their support is difficult to tell. It must have been more difficult, but that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t survive."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

"Iran is an important country to our region. It’s a big country, it’s a developed country, proportionally, at least. But that influence, I would look at it in a positive way, because Iran is a country that seeks to have more stability, for its interests. Any country has interests. So, it is influential, but in a positive way."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

 

"Iran has had huge influence in bolstering  the steadfastness of the Syrian People."

President Bashar Al-Assad, March 16, 2015.

" Iran is an important country in this region, and it was influential before the crisis. It’s influence is not related to the crisis, it’s related to its role, its political position in general. When you talk about influence, various factors make a particular country influential. In the Middle East, in our region, you have the same society, the same ideology, many similar things, the same tribes, going across borders. So those factors are crossing the borders. If you have influence on one factor, your influence will be crossing the border. This is part of our nature. It’s not related to the conflict. Of course, when there is conflict and anarchy, another country will be more influential in your country. When you don’t have the will to have a sovereign country, you will have that influence. Now, the answer to your question is, Iran doesn’t have any ambitions in Syria, and as a country, as Syria, we would never allow any country to have influence our sovereignty. We don’t accept and the Iranians don’t want it either. We allow cooperation. But if you allowed any country to have influence, why not allow the Americans to have influence in Syria? That’s the problem with the Americans and with the West: they want to have influence without cooperation."

From H.E. President Assad Foreign Affairs Magazine interview, January 26th, 2015.

“The Iranian ally realizes that the war against Syria targets him as well because it (war) targets the resistance and its backers,”

 From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with Lebanese Al-Akhbar in June 2014.

“It is not Iran who has changed its policy towards Syria; it is the West who has sent signals for change. The terrorism has hit the West’s depth. There is an American citizen who blew up himself in Syria, and there is a French man of Moroccan origins who killed Jews in Brussels.”

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with al-mayadeen TV, October 21. 2013.

  ''Syria positively views the rapprochement  between Iran and the USA because Iran does care about stability in the region, and because any rapprochement between Iran and any other country in the world would serve the causes of the region.''

 From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with al-mayadeen TV, October 21. 2013.

 ''I think it's going to affect positively for many reasons. First of all, Iran is our ally. Second, because we trust the Iranians. Third, because the Iranians, like the Syrians, like many countries in the world, don't trust the Americans, and I think many of the American allies don’t trust the American administrations. So, for the Iranians to move closer to the Americans is not just a naïve move; it's a well-studied step that's based on the experience of the Iranians with the United States since the revolution in 1979. But if the Americans are honest about this rapprochement, I think the results will be positive regarding the different issues, not only the Syrian crisis, including every problem in the region.''

 From H.E. President AL-Assad’s Rai News Interview, September 29,2013.
 
 ''The Iranian position towards the Syrian crisis is very objective because they know the reality of what is happening in Syria. At the same time, they understand that this is one region, and consequently if there is a fire in Syria, it is bound to spread to neighboring countries and later to countries further away, including Iran. Iran bases its policies on these foundations and also on the grounds that it is the Syrian people’s right to solve their own problems.''
 
From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with TeleSUR TV, September 26, 2013.
 

''As to American remarks on the Iranian position: first, as I said before, regardless of whether American statements are positive or negative, whether they praise, criticize, condemn or denounce - nobody believes them. In the same token, the Iranians are not naive to be deceived by the American position; Iran’s experience is similar to Syria’s experience with successive American administrations, at least since the Islamic Revolution in Iran. That’s why what concerns us is not the American remarks, what is important for us is the essence of Iranian policy towards Syria; and once again I stress that in essence it is objective and achieves stability for our region, if different parties in Syria have adopted the Iranian vision.''

 From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with TeleSUR TV, September 26, 2013.
 
''First, unfortunately even the United States’ closest allies do not trust them; so the Iranian-American rapprochement does not mean that Iran trusts the United States. Our relations with the United States have been through various stages of ups and downs, but trust has never existed at any of these stages. However, in politics, you need to try all methods and means and to knock on all doors in order to reduce tension in the world. So, communication and dialogue are necessary in relations between states. We believe that the rapprochement between Iran and the United States, whether regarding the Iranian nuclear program or regarding anything else, is positive and good for the region, if the United States has a real and genuine desire to deal with mutual respect with Iran, not to interfere in its domestic affairs, and not to prevent it from acquiring nuclear technology.''
 
 From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with TeleSUR TV, September 26, 2013.
 

''On the other hand, I can’t imagine that the United States has abandoned its principle of resorting to military force. I think the opposite is true; when the United States saw that it had competitors on the international arena - or let’s say partners, if not competitors, in the form of great and emerging powers in the world, - it started to resort more to the principle of force, although this same administration was elected on the basis of rejecting the Bush doctrine of using force; now, it returns to the same doctrine. I believe that they are trying to co-opt the Iranian position as they tried to do with Syria a few years ago, but the Iranians are fully aware of this game.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with TeleSUR TV, September 26, 2013.

 ''Iran doesn’t have any soldier in Syria, so how could Iran help me?''

 From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with CBS News, September 9, 2013.

 ''That’s all before the crisis. We always have this kind of cooperation.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with CBS News, September 9, 2013.

''They have different agendas.  For the West, they wanted to undermine the Syrian positions.  For the petrodollar countries like Saudi Arabia, they’re thinking undermining Syria will undermine Iran on sectarian basis.  For Turkey, they think that if the Muslim Brotherhood take over the rest of the region, they will be very comfortable, they will be very happy, they will make sure that their political future is guaranteed.  So they have different agendas and different goals.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with CBS News, September 9, 2013.

''I do not wish to speak on their behalf, their statements have been very clear. We are all aware that this is a regional issue and as such it is impossible to separate the interests of Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and other countries that are supporting us.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with Le Figaro, September 3, 2013.

''Today, stability in the region depends on the situation in Syria; Russia fully fathoms this. Russia is neither defending the President nor Syria, but rather it is defending stability in this region knowing all too well that otherwise it will also be affected. To assess the situation through the narrow lens of a Syrian-Iranian alliance is a naïve and over simplistic view; we are dealing with a situation of far greater significance.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with Le Figaro, September 3, 2013.

''This narrative was crafted in the West when we documented the presence of foreign jihadists fighting in Syria. They created this notion that Hezbollah and Iran are also fighting in Syria as a counterweight.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with Argentina's Clarin Newspaper and Telam News Agency, May 18, 2013.

''Syria can rely on a population of 23 million; it does not require manpower sustenance from any country. We have at our disposal an army, security forces and the Syrian people to defend our country. Therefore, we have no necessity for any other group to fight on our behalf regardless of whether they are from Iran or Hezbollah. Our relations with Iran and Hezbollah are well known and span decades. It is well known that we exchange expertise on many fronts.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with Argentina's Clarin Newspaper and Telam News Agency, May 18, 2013.

''Regarding the claims that there are fighters from these entities in Syria, this would be a matter that is practically impossible to hide. First and foremost, the Syrian people would have identified them. So where could they possibly be? If there is ever a need or a requirement, we will be transparent and announce it formally. We are certainly not utilizing any external fighters in Syria from any Arab or foreign nationality. Personnel from Iran and Hezbollah have existed in Syria for years before the crisis, under agreements they do come and go into Syria formally.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with Argentina's Clarin Newspaper and Telam News Agency, May 18, 2013.

''Of course Iran is a vital country in the region. It is a large country with a key and integral political role. Events in Iran will inevitably have a positive or negative bearing on neighboring states and could affect the stability of the region. From this perspective, Iran is highly significant to Syria. From another perspective, the durable alliance between Iran and Syria has stretched for over three decades. As a friendly state, we closely observe their internal changes, which, one way or another, will affect Syria’s role in the region.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with Argentina's Clarin Newspaper and Telam News Agency, May 18, 2013.

''Similar to any other state in the Middle East, Iran has a constantly evolving internal political dynamic and it periodically undergoes political changes. The upcoming elections will reflect the changes in Iranian society, and their increasing weight and political clout in the region.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with Argentina's Clarin Newspaper and Telam News Agency, May 18, 2013.

''Iran today is very different from ten years ago. Today, it is one of the most essential and powerful states in the region. This will unquestionably be echoed in the elections. Most certainly, a new Iranian president would not serve the aspirations of the United States by turning the Republic of Iran into an American puppet state; they should not hedge their bets on this. The elections will reflect the changes in Iran internally and not the change that western administrations seek unscrupulously in Iran.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with Argentina's Clarin Newspaper and Telam News Agency, May 18, 2013.

''This issue was first raised in 1979 on the backdrop of the Iranian revolution which removed one of America’s most important allies in the region. The only solution was to portray that revolution as a Shiite revolution and that other sects should oppose it. On those grounds, the Iraq war against Iran was invented and supported by some Gulf countries. A short while later, the Muslim Brothers in Syria were used for the same objective, in order to create sectarian strife. They failed in the first and the second attempt.''

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik  Newspaper, April 2013.

 

''We do not have contradicting options in this regard because we had good relations with Iran since 1979 till today, and it is getting better every day, but at the same time we are moving towards peace. We had peace process and we had peace negotiations. Iran was not a factor against peace.''

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's interview with Russian TV, RT, November 9, 2012.

'' So, this is misinformation they try to promote in the West that if we need peace, we do not have to have good relation with Iran. There is no relation; it is two completely different subjects. Iran supported Syria, supported our cause, the cause of the occupied land and we have to support them in their cause. This is very simple. Iran is a very important country in the region.''

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's interview with Russian TV, RT, November 9, 2012.

'' If we are looking for stability, we need good relations with Iran. You cannot talk about stability while you have bad relations with Iran, Turkey and your neighbors and so on. This is it.''

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's interview with Russian TV, RT, November 9, 2012.

''Syria appreciates the objective positions of countries on the international level such as China and Russia, countries in the region like Iran, and other countries in the world.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with Iranian TV, June  28, 2012.

 

 

''The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 heralded a brief revival, during which he found himself courted by leaders in Europe and the United States who were hoping to divide Syria from Iran, its near neighbor and friend.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with the Sunday Times, 20 November. 2011

''It is a new era, but it did not start now. That is my point. It started with the Iranian revolution, but this is the problem. We always forget. We do not have memory. We forgot that something happened in Iran in 1979 and then because nothing similar happened after that we forgot. But it is the same era; this is a revolution against whoever wants to oppose the belief of the people.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2011.

''As I said, I am an outsider now; I cannot talk about what is happening internally and I want to be precise and objective. But this is not the beginning of the era. Maybe in the Arab world it is, but Iran is part of our region. It is on the border with Iraq. You had an uprising in Iraq in 1991 against Saddam. But it was oppressed with the support of the United States especially in the south. They prevented him from oppressing the Kurds but allowed him to oppress the people in the south, the Shi'ites at that time.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2011.

  

'' In logic, no, but you know that reason and logic do not necessarily run the world; however we do not expect, because the outcome of a military action will lead only to more disasters that not only the region, but also the whole world will pay the price. Logically speaking, there is no military strike. There is intimidation and a psychological war. They did the same with Syria. We were threatened continuously during the past years, particularly after Iraq war in 2003. But this doe not rule out a stupid action, and then all sides will pay the price."

From H.E.'s TRT TV Interview(October 6, 2010)

 'We expressed concern over the non-response by the agreement concluded by Brazil, Turkey and Iran as a gateway opened to reach a solution. The door is still open despite all the complexities that ensued following the rejection of the agreement.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference in Spain, (July 5, 2010)

 ''Iran has proved its goodwill and restored international confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, while Israel still boasts of its nuclear arsenal, threatening peace and security in the region.''

From H.E.'s Statements in Brazil (June 30, 2010)

 ''We don't need any war. Whoever starts that war? This is first. Second, I don't believe that Iran wants war. We have alliance: it means we have dialogue; it means we know each other. So you don't have alliance with somebody that you don't know about his intentions. We know about the intentions. They have the same intentions. When we started the peace negotiations in Turkey; they supported these negotiations. They were not against it. So, they support peace; they don't support war. ''

 From H.E.'S BBC Interview (June 17, 2010)

 ''Iran is one of the big countries in the Middle East, and it’s an important country, and it plays a role and affects different issues in the region.  So, if you want to play a role and help yourself and save your interests, you should have good relations with all these influential countries.''

From H.E.'s PBS Interview  (May 28, 2010)

 ''It’s about Iran having the right to have peaceful nuclear reactor.  You cannot deal with Iran through the Security Council through threats and the evidence that they didn’t understand is the recent agreement between Turkey, Brazil and Iran.  And I told the official that I met recently from Europe after that agreement that this is going to be the proof that they didn’t understand this region because Turkey and Brazil succeeded in getting what the world has been asking for during the last year in a few weeks because they understand this region and they adopted different approach which is direct, not strict, not imposing.''

From H.E.'s PBS Interview  (May 28, 2010)

 “I am skeptical about that skepticism. It raises the suspicion that the West is motivated by a different agenda, that it doesn’t want to solve this issue. The region is following these developments with anxiety because the measures that will be imposed on Iran will be imposed on others as well. You see, the future of energy is nuclear, besides the renewable sources. One day, I will have nuclear energy, at least to produce electricity. It is my right, guaranteed by the Non Proliferation Treaty”.

From H.E.'s La Repubblica Interview (May 24, 2010)

 “In politics, many things are said. But it is the actions that count. If Iran truly wanted the destruction of Israel, then why did it support our peace negotiations in 2008 with Israel, mediated by Turkey? Actually, the Iranians are more moderate than many want to see”.

From H.E.'s La Repubblica Interview (May 24, 2010)

 "We tackled the Iranian nuclear issue. Our views were that all countries have right to possess peaceful nuclear power, and the necessity to free the Middle East from all mass destruction weapons. We stressed that dialogue between Iran and the 6-countries group; because sanctions have no effects. They rather complicate solution instead of easing it,"

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Russian President Medvedev, (May11, 2010)

 ''We discussed this and I asked President Gul that Turkey continues its important role on the basis of trust that developed between the Turkish and Iranian governments and Turkey's broad relations with world countries, but any political move must be based on a reference which is to be the basis for any initiative or viewpoint.''

 From H.E.'s Press Conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H.E. President Gul, (May 8, 2010)

 " I have never heard from any Iranian official during three decades that they are against the achievement of peace or against the return of territories or against the peace process and during the indirect negotiations in Turkey Iran expressed support to Syrian in these negotiations."

 From H.E.'s Press Interview with Al-Manar Satellite TV, (March 24, 2010)

 ''The signing of the visa-waiver agreement -between Syria and Iran today- is to lead to the more of communication and solidification of joint interests between the Syrian and Iranian People,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, (February 25, 2010) 

'' a genuine relation between two countries and people starts from individuals, and from the base upwards to the top, and not vice versa. I do think that this agreement would push the relations -between Syria and Iran- and bolster them at all levels, and in every sector, with no exception.''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, (February 25, 2010)

 ''I have been briefed by My Brother, President Ahmadinejad, on the Iranian stance regarding the Iranian Nuclear Issue. I do not say what I would say in light of what I have heard from President Ahmadinejad, but on the basis of what I have heard from Western Officials during the few past weeks and months: we believe ,without any slight doubt, that what is taking place- as far as Iran's nuclear issue- is but a new colonization of the region, a hegemony through forbidding an independent, UN member State and signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, seeking to acquire peaceful nuclear power on the bases of these Treaties, from having its right to enrichment, though of the seen Iranian flexibility during the past two months as far as this issue! The subject is preplanned: it is forbidden for Islamic Countries to possess this technology, or other types of technology; that is to say, we are denied the right to knowledge,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, (February 25, 2010)

 Imposing sanctions [on Iran] is a problem because they will not stop the program and they will accelerate it if you are suspicious. They can make problems to the Americans more than the other way around.

If I am Ahmadinejad, I will not give all the uranium because I do not have a guarantee [in response to American and European insistence that most of Iran’s low-enriched uranium be sent abroad for further enrichment to make it usable for a research reactor, but not for a bomb]…. So, the only solution is that they can send you part and you send it back enriched, and then they send another part…. The only advice I can give to Obama: accept this Iranian proposal because this is very good and very realistic.

From His Excellency's ''Direct Quotes'' by the New Yorker, (February 3, 2010) 

   ''For years we have heard that Iran wants the nuclear bomb, in one year, two, or three years. The crisis began in 2003, and six years later we still hear about a level of uranium enrichment of 5% [that Iran is reaching]. For medical enrichment, you need a level of 20%, and for military levels you need more that 90%. How can one believe that there is a military programme? Logically it’s not convincing. I say to Europe not to believe the Americans, that [attitude of Washington] goes back to in fact the Bush Administration.''

From His Excellency's France 2 TV Interview, (November 15, 2009)

 ''There is no proof whatsoever that Iran is carrying out a military nuclear project. Even from a scientific point of view, the level of enrichment to which Iran has reached is very far from the military level. Furthermore, the Non-Proliferation Treaty guarantees for every State the right to enrichment,''

From His Excellency's Le Figaro Interview, (November 13, 2009)

 ''The good relations with neighboring countries supporting the Arab Causes, particularly turkey and Iran would further be a factor of strength helping the Arab Countries as to reach to the Independent Arab Resolution, restore the Arab Rights, and realize stability in the region.''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

 “Let’s not hurry. Let’s go step by step. Let’s take one step and stop to look at the result, and then take another step. Let us look if two separate small economies or one large economy is better. This is what we want to do. Let’s think of  Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Turkey. We want to create a joint economic region, make joint giant projects. We are calculating how we can connect the Red Sea to Europe and the Mediterranean. The prosperity of those four economies working together is apparent. We are building a joint future.” 

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish 'Hurriyet' Daily, (November 8, 2009)

 ''I do not think that Iran is seeking to possess a nuclear bomb; it does not need that. Iran demands her right to the technology level only. Syria and Turkey are signatories of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); and every country has the right to develop a peaceful nuclear program and to enrich Uranium.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish 'Hurriyet' Daily, (November 8, 2009)

 ''Syria's relations with both Iran and Turkey are very good, and so are the relations of Iran and Turkey; the Turkish-Iranian rapprochement has been taking place for years; and we help and support this. These Countries share the conviction that their relations together are important. Turkey's moves as to bolster her relations with the neighbours  are in the interest of Turkey as well as of all Arabs.''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during His Visit to Croatia, (October 28-29, 2009)

 ''I have voiced our great satisfaction in Syria over the latest dialogue approach as far as the issue of the Iranian nuclear dossier. Dialogue is the sole means for solving the region crises, taking into consideration the legitimate right of states and people to make use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. I reiterated Syria's firm stance as far as the freeing of the Middle East region from Mass Destruction Weapons.''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with the Croatian President, (October 28, 2009)

 ''If Iran is attacked, the region will enter a very critical phase that will last for several decades. The region will not be able to emerge from this situation for many years. Not only will the attack prevent stability in the Middle East, it will also impose a heavy cost on the region as well as the entire world.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009) 

 ''The important question here is who will Iran target with these weapons. Will it use these weapons against Turkey? I don't think so. Will it use them against Israel? I don't think that's likely, either, because there are many Arabs living in Israel and its surroundings. Nuclear arms are owned not for use but to benefit from their deterring effect. Take Pakistan and India; they became more peaceful after becoming nuclear powers. Besides, I don't think Iran is after nuclear weapons. But we are against nuclear weapons regardless of what country is pursuing them. We introduced a resolution on this issue at the UN Security Council.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009)

 “The Syrian is stance is firm as far as the Iranian nuclear file; our stance is very well-known as far as any country in this world as to possess the peaceful nuclear power; this very right is guaranteed by related international conventions. As for the casting of doubts over presence of military program, those who present such a presentation have only, for the sake of credibility, to show what they have done regarding the military nuclear program in implementation for decades in Israel; then their such a speech would have credibility, and their doubts would have some credibility,”

From His Excellency’s Statements in a Joint Press Conference with His Iranian Counterpart, (May 5, 2009)

  “The relations between Syria and Iran are natural and are never to be an axis, like some like to hint; this very natural relation is not only linked to the relation between Syria and Iran, but with any group of neighboring countries; Syria’s relations with other countries present in the region, and Iran’s relations with all the countries present in our region. Such a kind of relations is in the interest of these countries, in the interest of stability, and in the interest of this region searched-for power. Consequently, it is our duty as countries to seek the reinforcement of this kind of relations,”

From His Excellency’s Statements in a Joint Press Conference with His Iranian Counterpart, (May 5, 2009)

 “The Syrian vision for the relations with Iran has been based on the principles as well as interests. It is natural to have good relations; we belong to the same region, nation, with many common things. If we view the issues of past decades, the interests of Syria and Iran have been one, based on a far-sighted vision between them; a clear vision based on the walking forward; we have never dealt much with pressures, though we have taken them seriously, the pressures, however, have not prevented us from walking to our set-forth and clear objective,”

 From His Excellency’s Statements in a Joint Press Conference with His Iranian Counterpart, (May 5, 2009)

 “Iran is a very important country; a solution for the Iranian nuclear file has to be found on the basis of Iran’s right to possess a peaceful nuclear energy,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 28, 2009)

 “If you ask them about the relation between peace and Iran, some of them say unrealistic things like claiming that Iran will not be happy with the peace. We said that is not true because when we started the negotiations in May, Iran publically supported the Syrian efforts and they did not go against it. That is their only excuse, which is not true. Iran supports Syria in our efforts to achieve peace.”

From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

 “We have good relations with Iran. We are not looking for a role to play. We have enough problems and we are playing our roles. We are discussing with the Iranians different topics that are of mutual concern to us. But that also depends on the subject and the approach. During the previous Administration, for instance, it was difficult to achieve something realistic regarding, for example, the nuclear issue. Because the approach was not realistic and Iran said we are not going to go against our interest, and I am convinced about this. I am not in the middle, anyway. “

From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

 “Now, if we say Iran has the right, like what we heard few days ago from Obama, to have their peaceful nuclear program, this is the key. At the moment, the doors are open for anyone to help be it Syria, Europe, or the United States itself. Therefore, that depends on the approach. Nobody asked me to help and I think we should not wait any longer because we have the key but, then, what is the plan? Because we had the European proposal during the previous Administration and the proposal was about Iran stopping its program. This is against their right because everyone has the right, legally, to have enrichment. There is no law or agreement in the world that states they have no right to that. So, how can you propose something against your right? Nobody will accept it. I will not accept it if it was against my right and the same applies to Iran. Now, we have to have a different proposal according to their right and according to the NPT right because this right is included in the NPT.”

From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

 “Our relations with Iran are strategic ones; Iran stands with us, whereas our relations with the USA are not strategic, and the USA does not stand with us, it stands with Israel. Thus, the word mediator as to stand in the middle can never be imagined.”

 From His Excellency Assafir Daily Interview, (March 25, 2009)

 "Iran is an important country, like it or not.” ” ... with Iran, I'm ready to mediate."

 From His Excellency La Repubblica Interview, (March 18, 2009)

  "If instead we're talking about facilitating dialogue with Tehran, a concrete proposal is needed to give to that government. Until now, I've only received an invitation to play a role. Agreed, but that's not enough,"

 From His Excellency La Repubblica Interview, (March 18, 2009)

  "What's lacking is a plan, rules and specific mechanisms to put forward to Tehran."

 From His Excellency La Repubblica Interview, (March 18, 2009)

 "As a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, (Iran) has the right to have peaceful reactors,"

 From His Excellency the Japanese Asahi Shimbun Newspaper Interview, (March 12, 2009)

 "In Iran there is unity about the main national issues. Forget about the rhetoric.”

From His Excellency Interview with the Guardian, (February 17, 2009)

 "I would say to Obama and the Europeans: 'Don't waste your time on this. Go and make dialogue.' The only way is to go for direct engagement."

From His Excellency Interview with the Guardian, (February 17, 2009)

 “Iran is a friend country, a neighbor, and a very important country in the region.”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

 “The Syrian relations with Iran  are firm and continuously improving; they are strategic relations, which have proved their efficiency and importance in all of the issues which our region has been passing through since the Revolution in Iran in 1979. They are not transitory relations; Iran has a civilization of thousands of years, as we do have. We have no option but to be in a stable and enduring relation,”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

 “I don't believe that Iran is seeking to develop the bomb. Syria is fundamentally opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We want a nuclear-free Middle East, Israel included.”

From His Excellency Der Spiegel Interview, (January 19, 2009)

 “The Americans are stoking these fears with their information policy. Washington is interested in the embargo, with which it hopes to weaken Iran.”

From His Excellency Der Spiegel Interview, (January 19, 2009) 

  

“Regarding our relations with Iran, it is an important country, but our relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in no way signify that we conduct our relations with it at the expense of Arab states. We have not exchanged Arab states for Iran, and we don’t consider it in this light. Our relations with Turkey are very strong, and this helps stability in the region, not the reverse. What is the benefit for Arab states of a negative relationship with Turkey over eight decades? We have all lost out. When relations are better there is gain for everybody. The same applies to Iran. We should establish excellent relations with all neighboring countries. We Arabs do not dialogue much. Relations can be good at the level of the summit, but not on other levels. We in Syria have no barriers in our relations with Arab states. We are open to all initiatives. I was in touch with President Hosni Mubarak some weeks ago to present my condolences following the landslide accident in which there were victims. Let’s be frank: relations, which are supposed to be good, do not now exist with Egypt as they should. We have no problems with them.”

 From His Excellency Monday Morning Interview, (September 30, 2008)

 

“The Syrian Iranian relations are very strong and solid. The strategic relations binding Syria and Iran have not been created through the agreement following the Iranian Revolution between President Hafez Al-Assad- may his soul rest in peace- and Imam Khomeini; these relations have been established as a result for objective things and in accumulations for these relations leading to the establishment of the standing strategic relation between both countries. The Revolution in Iran announced at the outset its stand by the Palestinian Cause, contrary to the Iranian previous stance, which had strong relations with Israel; a stance perhaps closer to the Israelis more than to the Arabs, the natural neighbors for Iran,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

  “Iran has always supported the Palestinian Cause, Arab Right, and the Syrian Rights; has stood against the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians, Lebanese and against the Syrians,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

  “We do not belong to those states which build temporary, transitional or circumstantial relations. We do have our principles, and interests; thus the factors binding Syria and Iran are increased and more solid day by day,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

 “We have talked of the issue of the Iranian nuclear topic; our viewpoint has ever been the solution through peaceful means,”

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008)

“Iran has the right to possess nuclear technology for peaceful purpose; and Iran has never opted out from the International accords in this regard. We have never witnessed any Iranian military activity to this effect”

From His Excellency Statements in France  (July12-14, 2008) 

"Iran is a regional neighbor, and if we disagree with it, we should start a dialogue. What Syria is doing is helping this dialogue,"

From His Excellency Statements during His U A E Visit (June 3rd, 2008)

“Iran now is a big and important State, whether we like it or not. Iran is a State present in the region and not a newly-born one; it has a civilization, close to the Arab civilization as far as  depth in this region; it has periods of conflicts and accord; but at the same time the Iranians have been standing with us in the Islamic State and etc. They are part of this texture. It is impossible to have a country like Iran as an enemy with which our interests differ and to have Israel as not the enemy. It is impossible to have Iran as the problem in Iraq , while the United States is the solution in Iraq.”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Qatari ‘Al-Wtan’ Daily  (April 27th 2008)  

 

 

"The US may take a fool action, if we were to think logically. Such an action is to be harmful for the region and the world. We have to remain ever alert for any reckless action by the US, or by Israel against Iran , Syria, Lebanon, or against any other state….The problem for the world will be far more bigger than that of the Iraqi invasion considering the strategic position of Iran and its power. The situation would be very difficult for the US, its consequences would cover all the world in general. If the war were to begin, how is it to conclude; nobody knows! But we will be the first to pay the price: the Arab countries, especially the Arab Gulf region which is to pay a very high price for such an action…. We are all targeted, no country in the Arab World is not to be the price for the explosion to happen."

From H. E. ’s Al Shirouq Daily Interview  ( October 11, 2007 

“The far-sighted vision of the Syrian-Iranian policy have proved more than ever its correctness. The climate of satisfaction, optimism, and confidence is the common denominator characterizing all of the discussed issues,  imposed by the persistent conspiracies against the Middle East,”

 From H. E. Statements in a joint press conference with the visiting  Iranian counterpart, (July, 19, 2007) 

 

"Iran is an important state in the region and its role is necessary for the region's security, in integration with the Arab role and not as an alternative,"

From HE’s Al Hayat Newspaper Interview, (June 26, 2006)

  "I frankly said that some are talking negatively about an Iranian role…The only solution is through creating an effective Arab role, so let us, on the Arab level, move in the Iraqi direction because it poses the main axis for talking about the Iranian role."

From HE’s Al Hayat Newspaper Interview, (June 26, 2006) 

 

 

 

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