Assad vows to 'continue backing Hezbollah'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has pledged that Damascus will continue to back Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah.

“We have supported Hezbollah, we are still supporting it and we will continue to support it, because it is a strategic ally for us,” Assad repotedly said in an interview with a number of journalists.

Moreover, Assad voiced conern over Lebanon and its future amid the current situation, describing the neighboring country as “Syria’s main flank.”

“Stability in it is very important for Syria,” Assad added.

Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to bolster Assad’s forces in the face of the revolt that erupted in 2011.

The Syrian leader’s remarks coincide with remarks by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said Saturday that “Iran’s active policy in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq led to foiling America’s plot in these countries.”

“We will continue our support for the resistance forces in the region, Lebanon and Palestine,” Khamenei added.

Source: Naharnet

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