The Iranian Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces, Mohammad Bagheri, and the Syrian Minister of Defense, Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, signed a comprehensive bilateral military cooperation agreement in Damascus on Wednesday.
The agreement will see an increase in military and security cooperation between the two countries, with Iran set to bolster Syria's air defences.
During the ceremony, Iranian Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces, Mohammad Bagheri, said that Iran believes "the territorial integrity of Syria must be completely restored and even a tiny part of Syria cannot go under the control of opposition groups."
Bagheri also stated that the bilateral agreement "makes this decision more serious and it will entail more pressure on Americans."
Before the signing of the deal, the Iranian and Syrian parties reportedly discussed the current situation in Syria, including agreeing upon the need for foreign forces to withdraw from Syrian territory.
האיראנים שולטים על הצבא הסורי
הסורים נאלןצו להעביר את כל ההגנה וההתקפה האוירית של סוןריה לידי האיראנים
בנוסף לכך כל הצבא הסורי יהיה כפוף לצבא האיראני על הקרקע
ככה למעשה מי ששולטת בסוריה זה אירן ולא רוסיה
רוסיה קבלה את כל הנפט והגז של סוריה כולל יצוא שלהם
בסיסי ימי ואווירי ויצא מהתסבוכת עכשיו כל התסבוכת הסורית נופלת על הידיים של איראן
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Iranian Government Spokesperson Ali Rabiei commented on last Thursday's incident at Natanz nuclear facility by saying that nothing can stop Iran's nuclear programme, during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
The incident "did not affect the process of uranium enrichment-related activities at nuclear centres, such as Natanz," Rabiei said. "Our nuclear industry is peaceful and cannot be stopped despite the wishes of Iran's ill-wishers and enemies."
"The positions of the three European countries at the recent Security Council meeting on the issue of arms embargo are of concern to us. Hopefully, there is no need to mention more, there is no legal middle ground between adhering to Resolution 2231 and not adhering to it," Rabiei added.
On Thursday, a fire broke out at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, without any reported injuries or release of radioactive materials.
Iran's uranium enrichment program had been limited under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, but Tehran has been increasing both the level of enrichment and the amount of enriched uranium in its stockpile, since the US withdrawal from the accord in 2018.