Iran, Syria Discuss Bilateral Ties, Joint Fight against Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in a meeting in Tehran on Monday conferred on bilateral relations and the latest regional and international developments as well as the two countries’ joint efforts in fight against terrorism.


According to ashoora reporting from fars news:

During the meeting, the two officials referred to the extensive and strategic ties between Iran and Syria, stressing the two countries’ determination to expand and consolidate relations, specially in the economic field.

Zarif, for his part, expressed pleasure in the continued political process in Syria, emphasizing Iran’s support for the Astana process.

He also described the recent conference on the Syrian refugees in Damascus as a positive step.

Zarif also underscored the need for vigilance and consultations among Iran and Syria and other countries given the recent regional conditions and developments.

Mekdad appreciated Iran for continued support for Syria in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and termed joint cooperation between the two countries in this area important and a fundamental step to return peace and tranquility to Syria.

He also said the US abnormal acts in the region which benefit Israel’s interests have increased tensions.

In relevant remarks earlier today, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh noted the visit to Tehran by Mekdad, and stressed Iran’s continued support for Damascus in the fight against terrorist groups.

“Tehran is today hosting the first foreign visit of the new Syrian foreign minister,” Khatibzadeh wrote on his twitter page on Monday.

He added that studying the latest situation of the crisis in Syria, bilateral ties and regional cooperation are on the agenda of Mekdad’s meetings with the Iranian officials, and said, “Political solution is the only possible option to end the current crisis.”

“Iran is standing beside the Syrian people and government on the path of war on terrorism,” Khatibzadeh said.

Last month, Zarif in a telephone conversation with Mekdad underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation.

During the phone talk, Zarif congratulated Mekdad on his election as Syria's new foreign minister.

Zarif also once again expressed his condolence over the passing of Walid al-Muallem and emphasized the expansion of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

The Iranian foreign minister once again extended his condolences on the death of the late Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem while stressing continuation of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Walid al-Muallem passed away last month at the age of 79 following years of poor health and heart problems.


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