Tehran, Moscow to Continue Anti-Terror Campaign

Tehran, Moscow to Continue Anti-Terror Campaign

The defense ministers of Iran and Russia stressed the importance of continuing their strong campaign against terrorism in Syria, following the liberation of the strategic city of Aleppo from foreign-backed militants.
In a telephone conversation on Saturday, Iran's Defense Minister Lieutenant General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, discussed the latest developments in Syria, Press TV reported.
The two ministers emphasized that the Syrian town of Foua and the village of Kefraya, which are besieged by militants, must be liberated at the earliest.
Dehqan and Shoigu called for a firm and all-out battle against terrorists in Syria until the full establishment of security in the war-stricken country.
The two defense ministers underlined the need for constant consultations on the fight against terrorists.
Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city, was fully liberated last week, less than a month after the Syrian Army started to drive foreign-backed militants out of their stronghold in the eastern side of the strategic city.
Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Reconciliation in Syria said in a statement on Friday that the Syrian military had wrested full control of eastern Aleppo, scoring a major victory against insurgents in the strategic northwestern city.
It noted that more than 9,500 people, including over 4,500 militants and 337 wounded, have been taken out of eastern Aleppo.

  Major Step
In a telephone conversation on Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani congratulated his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, on the liberation of Aleppo, saying the Islamic Republic feels duty-bound to support the "flag-bearers" of the fight against terrorism.
Rouhani said Aleppo's liberation was an important step toward Syria's ultimate victory over terrorism in the Arab country.
Tehran and Moscow support the Syrian government and have been assisting Damascus in its fight against terrorism.
Russia has been carrying out airstrikes on the positions of terrorist groups in Syria since late September 2015, while Iran has been providing military advisory assistance to the Arab country.
Meanwhile, a new deal has been reached between the Syrian government and the militants in the city of Aleppo to resume the evacuation of civilians and the remaining armed groups from the east of the city, after the original pact came to a halt.
The original deal was suspended after militants prevented residents from leaving the two militant-besieged villages of Foua and Kefraya, despite an agreement reached on the previous day.


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