Hossein Sheikholeslam, who is an advisor to the Iranian FM and who is formerly Iran's ambassador to Syria, said in a February 27, 2019 interview on IRINN TV (Iran) that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had told Iranian Vice-President Jahangiri that Iranian companies will play a leading role in Syria's reconstruction and the return of the refugees. Sheikholeslam said that the missiles deployed in Syria offer protection from American and Israeli aggression and suggested that U.S. President Trump is a "tyrannical king." Explaining that the connection between Syria and Iran is in pursuit of a sacred goal, Sheikholeslam added that Palestine and Jerusalem will surely be liberated soon and that the first thing the Zionists should do is leave the Golan Heights.
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Hossein Sheikholeslam: Syria is heading towards reconstruction and the return of the refugees. According to what Mr. Bashar Al-Assad said to [Iranian Vice-President] Jahangiri, our companies will lead the way in this matter. Iranian companies will have a priority. It is true that our blood was spilt along with the blood of the Syrians in order to defend the independence and the free will of the people. It is natural for us to have a leading role [in Syria’s reconstruction], and Allah willing, we will. The second point is that the Zionist regime has become weak. Let me quote Mr. Netanyahu, who said that Syria is a place where tens of thousands of missiles are deployed – all directed at the Zionist regime and its important areas. This protects our national security against the aggression of America and the Zionist regime.
There is a difference between a tyrannical king who sends his CIA-educated foreign minister to meet Mr. Netanyahu, and a picture like the [one before us], which shows the connection between many peoples for a sacred goal. I have no doubt whatsoever that Palestine and Jerusalem will be liberated. I also made the following proposal: The first thing that the Zionist should do is leave the Golan Heights.