Iran's Rouhani calls Assad to stress backing for Syrian state

Speaking to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad over phone on April 9, Hassan Rouhani said that the recent U.S. airstrike on a military airbase in Syria has violated global law and the Charter of the United Nations, IRNA news agency reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged its continuing support for Damascus in the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

Both Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rohani "noted the inadmissibility of US aggressive actions against a sovereign state in violation of global law", the Kremlin said on April 9.

He also deplored the use of chemical arms in Syria, saying, "Reports indicate that terrorists have access to chemical weapons and the United States strikes will prompt terrorist groups to use chemical weapons once again".

The Syrian foreign minister denied the government's involvement in the Idlib incident, saying it had never nor would it ever use chemical weapons on either civilians or terrorists operating in the country.

"Iran's government and nation will stand with Syria in their struggle with forces of darkness to protect their territorial integrity, and strongly condemn the U.S. attack as violation of a sovereign nation's borders", he added.

"Greater coordination between Iran, Syria, and Russian Federation can be very effective in the fight against terrorism", Rohani said.

"The Leaders also noted the importance to continue close cooperation on political and diplomatic settlement of the armed conflict in Syria", the press service's statement read.

"The recent USA attack will create a division among the countries in fighting terrorism and will divert the political talks to military solution". He said that the attack will not help settle the crisis in Syria.

Putin called for the strengthening of unilateral and multilateral cooperation among Iran and regional countries to fight terrorists.

On Friday, the USA launched cruise missiles at the Shayrat airfield from which President Donald Trump claimed a chemical weapons attack had been launched.

The United States launched a cruise missile attack on Friday against a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack which killed 87 people including 31 children and which Washington says was carried out by the Syrian government.

  • Leroy Wright