One thing that is not known to many people is that alliances in the Middle East countries are rarely formed, but Syria and Iran have proven this wrong. 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. A truth that needs to be known is that the manner in which these nations carry out their politics has cemented the relationship between them.
The countries fought together in ensuring that the war that was going on in Iraq would have no effect on their security is this is a good illustration of their common interests. 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.
These two have been able to come up with objectives and also ways to achieve them due to the mutual trust and interests that they have and as a result, they have been able to survive without aligning with the international and also local calls for them to alter their ways. The Syrian government became largely dependent on the Iranian government to supply it with political and also military resources that they needed, once the current ruler took office. This happened due to the fact that the president was not in a position to ensure that a positive and solid relationship existed between Syria and other Arab nations.
It is during this overly dependent stage that the government officials from both parties came to an agreement that in case they had a common foe, they would always fight together to safeguard their security and other interests. Although there exist some differences between them, it is with no doubt that they have proven they can work together. They have different ways in terms of how they stand out to other nations. As a result, these nations have faced international sanctions.
Despite all this, they continue to work together due to the strong alliance that they have. For instance, Syria stepped in during the Iran and Iraq war and also, Iran has been offering the much needed support to the Syrian government, in the fight against the opposition militias. Also, the fact that they have distinct ideological differences has contributed to the lasting of their partnership, as they do not have to collide over a given issue.