The Jerusalem Post has also reported, that the Iranian and Syrian authorities are in talks on the lease of part of the Arab country’s state-owned commercial port in Latakia province starting October 1, 2019.
Tensions between Tehran and Tel Aviv remain high over Syria, with the Israeli military claiming to have carried out 200+ attacks on ‘Iranian targets’ in the war-torn Arab country over the past few years.
Asia Times, meanwhile, has suggested that the lease is already a done deal, with Iran said to have gained the right to use the port and some of its 23 warehouses, with an annual capacity of eight million plus metric tonnes of cargo per year, for economic purposes.
Syrian and Iranian authorities has yet to make any official statement on the alleged port deal. However, Lebanon’s pro-Syrian al-Masdar News repeated some of the reporting done by Asia Times.
Now that the Zionist controlled government in the USA want to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, Iran is forced to think outside the box in order to protect trade and the welfare of its own citizens.
Jerusalem Post warned that if Iran were to get a “foothold” in Latakia and “direct access to the Mediterranean Sea,” this would might mean “new Israeli airstrikes” against Syria.
Iran has provided considerable support for Syria in recent years, with Iranian military advisers and technical and arms assistance provided on Damascus’ request to help the country in its fight against foreign supported bloody terrorism.
Tel Aviv, meanwhile, has accused Tehran of using Syria as a proxy for possible military operations against Israel. Iran has denied the claims.
The Russian military established a base at the Hmeymim Air Base southeast of Latakia city in 2015 to assist Syria in its fight against terrorists including ISIS and al-Nusra.
The Russians have since shielded their direct vicinity against military airstrikes with the S-400 (250 miles radius), S-300 (190 miles radius), Buk M2 (31 miles) and Pantsir (12 miles) defense systems.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.