According to ashoora reporting from Fars news:
“I am pleased to host my old friend Faisal Mekdad in his first foreign trip as the Syrian foreign minister,” Zarif wrote on his twitter page on Tuesday after meeting Mekdad in Tehran.
He added that during Mekdad’s visit to Iran, “expansion of political, economic and cultural relations as well as progress in the fight against terrorism came under focus and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s all-out support for the Astana peace process was emphasized”.
Zarif and Mekdad in their 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.
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 on Monday, 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.