Assad in Iran slams ‘foreign intervention’


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Syrian President Bashar Assad in Tehran said his country and Iran "are on the same front."

Assad reportedly made his one-day visit Wednesday to congratulate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his re-election as president of the Islamic Republic.

"Iran and Syria are on the same front, and any political event is an opportunity which must be used at the best way possible while helping one another," Ahmadinejad reportedly told Assad, according to Iranian media. 

Assad condemned "foreign intervention" in Iran’s internal affairs. He said the West feared Syria and Iran’s success in the coming years.

"I believe the Iranian people’s re-election [of Ahmadinejad] is another emphasis on the fact that Iran and Syria must continue the regional policy as in the past," Assad said.

Ahmadinejad was re-elected amid widespread allegations of voter fraud and rigging, leading to massive protests in Iran.

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