After several rounds of discussion between the two countries, the Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Bagheri and Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyoub has signed a comprehensive agreement on military cooperation between the two allies in the Syrian capital Damascus on 8th July.
As per the signed agreement, Iran will strengthen the Syrian air defense systems within the framework of strengthening military relations between the two countries. The agreement provides for the expansion of military and security cooperation and the continuation of coordination between the Armed Forces of the two countries.
“We will strengthen Syria’s air defense systems within the framework of strengthening military cooperation between the two countries”Major General Mohammad Bagheri – Chief of Staff, Iranian Armed Forces
Prior to the signing of the agreement, the two sides met to discuss developments in Syria and the necessity for the exit of foreign troops who are illegally present in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government.
Syrian Defense Minister General Abdullah Ayoub described the Syrian-Iranian relation as firm strategic relations. “Bilateral military and security cooperation will continue and it includes all fields despite the increasing pressures and threats,” he said.
In a statement read at the signing ceremony, both sides agreed that the signing of the new agreement will help in developing the defensive capabilities of both armies to face any foreign attacks.
On his part, Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of Staff of the Iranian forces said “the people of the region, the axis of resistance, Iran and Syria are determined to develop and strengthen military, security and defense relations. The signed agreement reinforces our will and our determination to cooperate against the American pressure.”
Criticizing Turkey Major General Baqeri added that, “Turkey is a little late in implementing its commitment to the Astana understandings to get terrorist groups out of Syria and must realize that the solution to any of its security problems is not by being on Syrian soil.”
Iran has been a major ally of the Assad regime in its fight against the armed rebels and terror groups since 2011. For the past 9 years, Tehran has provided an unprecedented level of political, financial, cyber, and military support to the Assad regime. There are as many as 2,500 Iranian (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) soldiers and 8,000 to 12,000 Shi’a foreign fighters of Hezbollah and other militia groups on the ground in Syria to prevent the overthrow of the Assad regime.