Syria, Iran to cooperate against US, Israel

Sunday, February 18, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Israel and the United States are the targets of an alliance between Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who pledged on Saturday to confront together US and Israeli plans in the Middle East.

“We should cooperate and work to make the public aware of the sinister aims of the United States and the Zionists,” Assad said. “Iran and Syria support the peoples of the region and the enemies will only reach their goals by creating pessimism and disunity amongst Muslims.”

Assad and Ahmadinejad said that the United States made baseless accusations against Syria and Iran because it has failed in Iraq.

“We should be careful about the enemies’ efforts to create division and conflict amongst Muslims and make sure they do not reach their sinister goals,” Ahmadinejad said. “Under the current conditions Islamic countries must preserve their vigilance, unity and wisdom to prevent the establishment of new conspiracies.”

The US has accused Iran and Syria of not doing enough to stop militants crossing from these countries into Iraq to join the insurgency. Both have rejected the charges.

Iran and Syria have long been close allies. During the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, Syria was the only Arab country to support Iran. During the past 10 years, Iranian companies have invested more than $700 million in Syria.

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