Saturday, February 2, 2013

Iran's security chief stresses support for Syria


DAMASCUS, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The visiting head of Iran's supreme national security council, Saed Jalili, stressed Saturday that his country will keep supporting Syria in the face of foreign aggression, the state TV said.
Jalili set foot in the Syrian capital of Damascus Saturday for a three-day visit, during which he will meet with Syrian cabinet members and a number of Damascus-based Palestinian factions Saturday, and with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Sunday. He will wrap up his visit with a press conference Monday morning, sources told Xinhua.
The visit comes amid tensions between Syria and Israel following an Israeli airstrike that targeted a military research center near Damascus at dawn Wednesday.
Upon his arrival in Damascus, Jalili said the Israeli attack targeted the Syrian people, according to the TV.
Although the details surrounding the rare air raid are still murky, Syria threatened Thursday to retaliate for the brazen attack, and its main regional ally Iran said there will be repercussions for the Jewish state over the air raid.
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying that the raid on Syria will have significant implications for Israel.