Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has said that Iran is the “only hope for struggle against Israel.”

According to IRNA news agency, Essebsi made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic guidance Reza Salehi Amiri at the presidential Carthage Palace in Tunis.

“The Zionist regime [of Israel] is the Islamic Republic’s only enemy in the region. Therefore, we hope that all Muslim and Arab countries would stand by Iran,” he said.

He also expressed pessimism about the Israel’s anti-Iran agenda, saying the Zionist regime and its sponsors were trying to isolate Iran.

“But, by God’s grace, the Islamic Republic succeeded to return to the political scene of the region,” he added.

Since the Islamic Republic was established in 1979, Tehran has stood by the Palestinian people against Israel, a country that considers Iran as the biggest existential threat.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Tunisian president hailed Iran for its sacrifices in the war against terrorism in Syria and for providing advisory support to the Syrian army.

Essebi commemorated those Iranians who have lost their lives in the battle against terrorist groups in Syria.

Amiri, for his part, praised the Tunisian government for its seriousness in confronting terrorism which has been a challenge for the North African country.