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Dayr al-Zawr siege relief ‘important victory’: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Syrian army’s breaking of a years-long siege by Daesh Takfiri group of the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr is an “important victory” against extremist and terrorist groups.

Zarif made the remarks in an interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news network published on Tuesday.

He once again voiced his objection to the settlement of the Syrian crisis through merely military approaches, saying, “The people and resistance are achieving victory in Syria and we will grow farther from a military solution with the defeat of Daesh.”

Zarif also reiterated that the fate of the Syrians is in their own hands. “We should not dictate to the Syrian people what they should do. We have resisted against extremism and we must facilitate from now on the path of dialogue among different popular groups in Syria,” the Iranian foreign minister added.

Since the outset of the Syrian crisis, Iran has sought to help the Arab country’s people fight against extremism through political channels, he said.

Zarif pointed to a new round of Syria peace talks in the Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana and described the initiative as the “most successful diplomatic move” adopted after the beginning of the Syrian crisis.

Successive victories against terrorists herald bright future

Meanwhile, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said the recent victories against terrorists in Iraq and Syria herald a bright and secure future.

“Successive victories against Takfiri terrorism in Syria and Iraq and the liberation of important and strategic regions herald a bright, secure and stable future in the region,” Shamkhani said in a message to Major General Ali Mamlouk, the head of Syria’s National Security Bureau, on Tuesday.

He offered his congratulations to the Syrian nation, army and government for breaking the siege of Dayr al-Zawr and said Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and resistance and popular forces played an important and leading role in this victory.

Syrian army forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, reached Dayr al-Zawr on Tuesday and broke a nearly three-year siege imposed by Daesh terrorists on pro-government areas there.