Written by Nasser Kandil,
The visit started by the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to Tehran and the meeting which brought him together with the Imam Ali Al Khamenaei is far from the protocol framework and the routine procedures. These two criteria may be surpassed by the Syrian-Iranian relationship due to the nature of the rules based between them during the past years. Such of this visit is a necessity to develop decisive decisions. The consultation is up-to-date without media, and depends on the mutual visits of the senior officials almost weekly, which means that the balances and equations surrounding the region especially Syria have reached to a crucial stage that requires decisions at the level of a summit that brought the two leaders together.
The elements of the strategic scene have several titles that must be observed by the Iranian and the Syrian leaderships at the stage of the transition from the war on Syria to another stage. The meeting took place on the eve of the decisions resulted from the Iranian-European negotiations which did not lead to what Iran wants as its engagement in the nuclear understanding, therefore this may lead to escalation in the region resulted from the exit of Iran from the nuclear understanding and the return to the high enrichment of uranium. The resignation of the Iranian Foreign Minister may be the first aspect of this escalation. The visit occurred after the depletion of the deadlines given to the Turkish President to resolve the situation in Idlib in order to avoid the military resolving, and the need to launch decisions to start the postponed military operation in Idlib. This visit coincided with the American prevarication regarding the decision of the withdrawal from Syria and the attempt to make the eastern of Syria an arena for manipulating in the unity and the sovereignty of Syria as the issue of the Kurdish groups, the American presence in Tanf, and the fate of ISIS and the Kurdish groups ran by America. Furthermore, the visit preceded the visit of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Moscow which aims at having more range of aggressive military movement against Syria, the resistance forces, and Iran, so this requires a strong Syrian-Iranian message to the Russian President to depend on in his negotiations with Netanyahu “that Israel has to bear the consequences of playing with fire if it continues its raids on Syria”, since the Syrian-Iranian response has been taken and will ignite the region.
The Imam Al Kahmenaei did not address the President Al-Assad as the hero of the Arab world to honor him only, rather he wanted to send a political message, its content is that this time is the peak of confrontations and the leaders of the resistance axis are the heroes of these conformations. If this stage is the stage of the political action, the Imam Khamenaei would have focused on honoring the President Al-Assad, his wisdom, openness, and his believing in the language of dialogue as his heroism and courage on which the Imam intended to focus in addressing Al-Assad before the media.
The region enters a new phase; The British escalation against Iran which is just a media message is an announcement of the nature of the ongoing tense engagement of the major transformations. Europe is between its desire to be separated from the American polices and its inability to practice an independent policy. Turkey is trying to make use of the last quarter as it did on the eve of Aleppo battles. And Israel is betting on the brink of the abyss after it lost the ability of deterrence.
Everyone especially the American and the Israeli will read the meaning of the fact that the General Qassim Suleimani is the third partner with Imam Al-Khamenaei and the hero of the Arab world the President Bashar Al-Assad.
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,