Syria’s Assad Praises Iran’s ‘Diplomatic Success’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised Iran for nuclear agreement with the West
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised Iran for nuclear agreement with the West / AP
December 2, 2013

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recently praised the Iranians for winning a "diplomatic success" over Western nations when it inked a nuclear pact in Geneva two weeks ago.

Assad reportedly applauded Iran’s "resilience" during a telephone call late last month with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to the international news site NOW.

"In a telephone call to President Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran, President Assad reaffirmed the Iranian diplomatic success [...] leading to the deal with the P5+1 countries," Assad posted on his Facebook page.

The nuclear accord came as a result of "the Iranian people's resilience, who held onto their rights, and of the Iranian leadership's commitment to the principles of Iran's sovereignty," Assad wrote, according to NOW’s translation.

Meanwhile, the National Security and Foreign Policy Chair of Iran’s parliament said in a recent interview that Iran has "emerged victorious over the West."

"Now, the Islamic Republic controls all aspects of nuclear science, from A to Z, from the very beginning all the way to uranium enrichment," senior lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said in a recent interview translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

"After 10 years, we have emerged victorious over the West," he said. "Now we have emerged victorious heroes."

Iran was able to sign the nuclear pact because it already possesses the most important nuclear know-how, according to Boroujerdi.

"It was in our best interest to sign this agreement," he said. "The Americans reached the conclusion that it would be futile to continue with their policy of confronting the Islamic Republic."