Usually, not many alliances are usually formed in the Arab and Islam countries, but these two countries have proven that they can form a lasting partnership. Since the year 1979, Syria and Iran have been in a partnership which has seen both countries benefit a lot from it and also contributed to the shaping of politics in the Middle East. When you consider the manner in which both nations operate politically, you will realize that both have a dictatorial form of government and also one that likes operating independently, without the input of the opposition. Common interests in politics is what has majorly contributed to the enduring relationship that exists between these two nations.
An example is the case where they both saw Iraq as a threat to their security levels and labeled it as a common enemy. They were worried that the war in Iraq would slowly penetrate their borders and they, therefore, had to put in strict measures to ensure that this did not happen. The lasting partnership that is present between the Iranian and the Syrian political systems represents a common goal and also the fact that these two are able to fight together as one.
It is also through this particular partnership that they have been able to set and also achieve their goals, without the input of other nations. After the current Syrian president took over from his father, he depended greatly on Iran to provide him with military and political support that his country needed. The dependence resulted because the country was not able to make sure that they have a mutual and trustworthy alliance with other Arab countries.
At some point, the two countries signed an agreement which allowed their military men to fight together in the elimination of common threats. Although there exist some differences between them, it is with no doubt that they have proven they can work together. For example, Syria is known to stand out as a superior in the Arab secular nationalism whereas Iran is known for its revolutionary movement. Due to their differences with other nations, the countries have been slapped with some international bans.
In case one country faces war, the other one steps in to assist and this contributes to the strengthening of their partnership. They have always helped each other in the fight against their enemies, as evidenced by the different instances where each country has been attacked and the other one has also stepped in to help, despite the sanctions that they stand to face. One other thing that has contributed to the cementing of the partnership is that the countries do not get in the way of each other’s interests, and this helps them avoid conflict.