Iran General NewsSyria and Iran Say to Build 'Common Front'

Syria and Iran Say to Build ‘Common Front’

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Reuters: Iran and Syria, both locked in rows with the United States, said on Wednesday they will form a common front to face challenges and threats. “We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats,” Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said in Tehran after meeting Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari. Reuters

TEHRAN – Iran and Syria, both locked in rows with the United States, said on Wednesday they will form a common front to face challenges and threats.

“We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats,” Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said in Tehran after meeting Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari.

Otari told reporters: “This meeting, which takes place at this sensitive time, is important, especially because Syria and Iran face several challenges and it is necessary to build a common front.”

The United States on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Syria for urgent consultations to show its deep displeasure with Damascus after Monday’s killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

U.S. officials said they were considering imposing new sanctions on Syria because of its refusal to withdraw its 14,000 troops from Lebanon and the U.S. belief that Syria lets Palestinian militants and Iraqi insurgents operate on its soil.

While acknowledging they do not know who was to blame for Hariri’s car-bomb assassination, U.S. officials argued Syria’s military presence and its political power-broking role were generally responsible for Lebanon’s instability.

Syria rejects accusations it supports terrorism.

Washington has branded Iran part of an “axis of evil” along with pre-war Iraq and North Korea and accuses Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is solely for electricity generation.

President Bush has dubbed Iran “the world’s primary state sponsor of terror” and has warned the United States could use military action to prevent it acquiring a nuclear bomb.

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