In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 photo, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gives an interview to The Associated Press at his office, in Tehran, Iran. Velayati says the election of moderate President Hasan Rouhani has provided a good opportunity for world powers to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear program. Velayati, who advises Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on key matters including the nuclear issue, tells The Associated Press that the Islamic republic will never again suspend its nuclear activities but will employ new tactics to reach out to the world to find a common language. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Tuesday that Iran will not abandon the Syrian people and state.

The comments were made following a meeting with Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki in Tehran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will by no means retreat from its principal policy to support the resistance and the resistance front, including the people and government of Syria,” said Velayati.

“Those who have played a destructive role in Syria and are now seeking to interfere in the peace and reconciliation process and also in shaping the post-war status in the country must know that they have a dark record in Syria,” he added.

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