Iran has promised to back the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad “until the end of the road”, a show of support in the face of signifificant setbacks on the battlefield.
Syria’s army is facing intense pressure in the face of a resurgent rebel push towards its strongholds. Mr Assad’s regime now relies on Iranian support to fill the financial and manpower gaps which have grown as it loses territory and support.
“The Iranian nation and government will remain at the side of the Syrian nation and government until the end of the road,” Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying on Tuesday in a meeting with Syria’s parliament speaker in Tehran. He said Tehran had not forgotten its “moral obligations” to the Syrian regime.