Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS)

July 5, 2019

Syria is ready to retaliate against Israel’s recent deadly airstrikes “twice as harsh”, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad announced Tuesday.

“Syria is always ready to reciprocate twice as harsh” against Israeli attacks, according to Mekdad who was speaking at a press conference after a meeting between Foreign Minister Walid Moallem with senior aide of the Iranian foreign minister Ali-Asghar Khaji.

He called on the United States and the UN Security Council to be aware of the danger of such developments because Syria would not be silent about its rights to retaliate against the strikes.

“The world, the UN Security Council and the United Nations itself need to understand the danger of such a development since Syria will not keep silent about its right.”

Mekdad indicated that Syria “is at war with Israel everywhere”, fighting terrorist groups that Tel Aviv uses as “tools”.

Regarding relations with Iran, Mekdad stressed that they are “strategic, pointing out that the explosive situation in the region requires more coordination and mutual visits.

On the cooperation between Damascus and Tehran in dealing with the impact of the sanctions on the two countries, Mekdad Syria signed hundreds of economic and political agreements with Iran, and discussed activating them, and strengthening cooperation in light of the harsh sanctions against both countries.

For his part, the Iranian official described the talks in Damascus as “very constructive”, adding that there were extensive talks on the need to activate and develop bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields.

Khaji pointed out that he discussed in Damascus positive and constructive developments in Syria, and that there was a common emphasis on the need to consolidate and strengthen the strategic and distinguished relations between the two brotherly countries.

Meanwhile, Russia announced Tuesday that Israeli raids in Syria blatantly violated Syria’s sovereignty.

Russia has maintained close ties with Syria and Israel despite tensions between the two neighbors during the Syrian civil war.

Moscow said Tuesday Israel was behind a series of airstrikes on targets in Syria on Monday morning, adding that six Israeli fighter jets operating inside Lebanese airspace conducted the pre-dawn raid.

Sixteen people were reportedly killed during Monday’s strikes, including six civilians.

“We are concerned about this alarming development of the situation,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a press briefing.

Force actions that grossly violate the sovereignty of Syria, not only do not contribute to the normalization of the situation in this country, but also carry a threat of regional destabilization, Zakharova noted.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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