Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Hassan Turkmani in Teheran on Monday, and expressed his certainty that Damascus would continue to stand on its previous stance of opposition to Israel. Ahmadinejad also emphasized that the two countries would continue to keep close ties. During the meeting, the Syrian defense minister told Ahmadinejad that the Syrian leadership "will not abandon the front lines until all threats from the Zionist entity have disappeared," semi-official Iranian news agency FARS reported. The Iranian president went on to emphasize the Islamic Republic's support for the Palestinian nation, and said this backing amounted to "supporting efforts for a safe region, since the Palestinians are on the front line of the battle against Zionist aggression." Turkmani also said during the meeting that Israel is still suffering from its defeat in the Second Lebanon War in 2006. He added that whilst Israel is looking for ways to get out of its current situation, it nevertheless "continues to sink in the mud."