Presidential elections are a "significant stop" in Syria\'s modern history and an important "stepping stone" towards security and stability, Premier Wael al-Halqi said.
Premier al-Halqi\'s comments came during his meeting Wednesday with chairman of the Iranian Shura Council\'s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi.
Boroujerdi is at the top of an Iranian parliamentary delegation currently visiting Syria. Earlier, the People\'s Assembly had extended invitations for friendly countries –including Iran-to send delegations with the aim to observe the transparency of the electoral process.
Syria held a presidential vote yesterday June 3, the first multi-candidate race in its modern history, with three candidates competing for the country\'s top post. The voting proceeded in an atmosphere marked with transparency and credibility as attested to by delegations who came to observe the electoral process.
The third of June was a date that brought the Syrians together for determining the future of the country without foreign meddling, which, al-Halqi said, saw millions of Syrians swarming polling stations.
The Syrians have managed, thanks to their unbreakable will and epic steadfastness, not to mention the support of friendly countries, to frustrate hostile schemes and "reap the fruit of victory," PM al-Halqi noted during the meeting.
Syria managed to conduct a successful democratic process marked with transparency and credibility, al-Halqi remarked.
Al-Halqi expressed satisfaction over the ever-developing economic ties with Iran and the efforts to have them match the exemplary political ones, reviewing prospects for common economic and trade cooperation, as well as the government\'s future reconstruction plans.
The emergency plans and the role of the Iranian national sector in the fledgling reconstruction process also figured prominently during the meeting.
Boroujerdi, for his part, heaped praise on the elections which he described as a "political epic feat in the true sense of the word,\'\' anticipating them to swing international balances in Syria\'s favor.
The high voter turnout and broad participation that marked the electoral process in Syria is "yet another proof to the entire world that the Syrian people are heading to rack up the ultimate victory over enemies,\'\' he said.
Mutual cooperation between Syria and Iran in all fields was on the table during the meeting.
"We, along with our fellow Shura Council members, came to Syria to pledge once again unwavering support to resistance and the presidential elections in Syria," Boroujerdi told journalists following the meeting.
He described elections as a significant political event in the history of Syria that has drawn much accolades and appreciation.
The Iranian official said Syrian-Iranian ties are "so strategic that no one can harm," vowing that Iran\'s support to Syria will continue in the future.
Boroujerdi meets Awkaf Minister, Grand Mufti
Meanwhile, Minister of Awkaf (Religious Endowments) Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed said the Syrian people came out yesterday to have their say and declare victory.
Al-Sayyed\'s remarks came during his meeting with Boroujerdi on Wednesday.
"Ideological victory is a precursor to the final victory over the powers of evil and takfiri that sought to undermine resistance,\'\' added the minister.
He thanked the Iranian government which has stood by the Syrian people during the crisis.
Grand Mufti of the Republic Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, who also met with the Iranian lawmaker, said during the meeting that the Syria\'s steadfastness over three years was not possible had it not been for their unity.
The Syrians are vehemently opposed to the policy that the West is trying to impose, Hassoun said, highlighting "an art of truthfulness" that sets the Syrians apart as contrasted with "an art of lies" that characterizes the West.
He emphasized the importance of the Iranian delegation\'s visit to Syria which, he said, has shown the entire world that only the Syrians are entitled to decide their future.
Boroujerdi, for his part, said that the delegation\'s visit is a confirmation of "strong relations that cannot be put in words" between Syria and Iran, saying that the elections in Syria have been a powerful response to the US and its allies.
"The will of the Syrian people has won over that of the US," Boroujerdi affirmed.
The Iranian official said that "any attack on the Syrian government from now on is an attack against the Syrian people who have spoken their mind yesterday."