Iran, Russia to Continue Backing Syria

Iran, Russia to Continue Backing Syria Iran, Russia to Continue Backing Syria

The newly-appointed director general for international affairs in the parliament highlighted the principled policy of Iran and Russia to continue supporting Syria and maintain cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

"It is necessary that all countries employ all their capacities of parliamentary and public diplomacy to help realize peace and stability as well as nations' welfare in the current historical conditions," Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also said on Sunday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He emphasized that to that end, Tehran and Moscow will strongly continue their close cooperation in the fight against terrorism and support Damascus in its campaign against foreign-backed militants.

Amir-Abdollahian said parliaments across the world, particularly in Muslim countries, can play a more active role in the fight against terrorism.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 when various terrorist groups, including the self-styled Islamic State, grabbed control over parts of it with the help of some foreign states.

According to a recent report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others and displaced nearly half of the country's prewar population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

Russia's aerial support for the Syrian forces since September 2015 has given fresh impetus to the fight against insurgents.

Iran has also remained a close ally of Syria and supports its government in the face of militancy.