During his recent trip to Syrian, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with both, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah. The trip to Syria comes just days after appointment of a new US ambassador, a move many thought would signal improvements between the countries. Nevertheless, al-Assad claimed he would not distance himself from Iran despite American wishes. Al-Assad also defended Iran’s right to enrich uranium. Ahmadinejad reiterated the strong connection between the two countries and argued that the US could not destroy that relationship, noting, “Tehran and Damascus had brotherly, deep and sustainable ties and no-one could harm the ties even slightly.”
Nasrallah made a rare public appearance and joined the two presidents for a dinner. Both Syria and Iran have long supported Hezbollah through financial and military means. Topics discussed at the dinner included regional developments, Israeli terrorism and the specific “Zionist threat” against Lebanon and Syria.