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2022-July-2  21:51

Iranian FM Meets Syrian President in Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian held a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday.

Heading a delegation, Amir Abdollahian was officially welcomed by his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mikdad in Damascus earlier on Saturday.

Upon arrival in the Syrian capital city, he told journalists that President Assad’s recent visit to Tehran was a turning point in bilateral relations.

“During that trip, we entered a new phase of comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, including in various economic and commercial fields,” he said.

“Today marks a very good opportunity to discuss with my colleague Mr. Faisal Mikdad the latest state of relations between the two countries,” the top Iranian diplomat added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir Abdollahian said Iran strongly condemns the Israeli regime’s violation of Syria’s territorial integrity.

“Along with the sanctions imposed against the resistant people of Syria, the Zionists seek to destabilize (Syria) and increase the problems of the Syrian people,” he said.

President Assad visited Tehran in May, and held talks with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Rayeesi.

Before departure to the Arab country, Amir Abdollahian said that during his visit to Damascus on Saturday he would pursue establishment of peace between Syria and Turkey.

“My trip to Syria is partly meant to establish peace and security in the region between Syria and Turkey, as two countries with which the Islamic Republic of Iran has important relations,” Amir Abdollahian said.

He further said he would meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Mikdad and other high-ranking Syrian officials during the trip to push bilateral relations and review regional and global developments.

The Iranian foreign minister’s visit comes days after he met with Turkish officials in Ankara as part of his regional tour.

Ties between Damascus and Ankara soured after Turkey launched several incursions into Northern Syria.

Ankara says the militants affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been fighting a separatist war against Turkey.

However, Damascus complaints that the Turkish offensive violates Syria’s territorial integrity.

Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi said last Monday that his country supports peace and stability all across the world.

Supporting peace, stability, and progress has always been the principled policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the international level, President Rayeesi said in a meeting with the new ambassador of Montenegro.