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In a statement released on Friday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry congratulated the Syrian government and nation on the successful presidential election and the victory of President Bashar al-Assad.

“The successful holding of election and the massive participation of Syrian people is a major step towards establishment of peace, stability, calm, reconstruction and prosperity in Syria,” the statement added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran respects the Syrian people’s decision, supports the Syrian nation’s right to self-determination and the right to decide that country’s fate without any foreign interference, and congratulates President Assad and the resisting people of Syria on his landslide victory in the election,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry noted.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won a fourth term in office by garnering 95.1 percent of the votes in the nationwide election.

Assad, 55, has earned a total of 13,540,360 votes, extending his tenure for another seven years.