Prresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad var i Damaskus torsdag og møtte Basher al-Assad og Hizbollahs Nasrallah.

«The enemies of the region should abandon plans to attack the interests of this region, or they will be burned by the wrath of the region’s peoples,» the hardline Iranian leader said at a joint press conference with Assad.

At the news conference, Ahmadinejad voiced support for Hezbollah, alluding to the 2006 war.

«We hope that the hot weather of this summer would coincide with similar victories for the region’s peoples, and with consequent defeat for the region’s enemies,» Ahmadinejad said.

He described Syrian-Iranian relations as «amicable, excellent and extremely deep,» adding that the two countries have common stands on regional issues and face common enemies.

Syria is Iran’s closest Arab ally. The two countries have had close relations since 1980 when Syria sided with Iran in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

Iranian president visits Syria