DAMASCUS // Iran dispatched its speaker of parliament Ali Larijani to Syria on Friday in a show of support for Bashar Al Assad as his regime continued to come under attack in the southern suburbs of Damascus.
Iran, together with Russia, has been a major supporter of Mr Al Assad as he battles to retain power in the face of a 20-month uprising seeking to topple his regime.
Underscoring Tehran's continued backing for its Syrian ally, Mr Larijani praised the role of Damascus during the current flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza.
"Syria has played an important role in supporting the resistance (against Israel and the United States), but some in the region want to carry out actions with negative consequences, to cause problems in Syria," he said upon arrival at Damascus airport. Continue reading>> Iran: Syria key to resistance against Israel and US - The National