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Syria visit meant to promote peace, security in region: Top Iranian diplomat

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (Photo by Tasnim news agency)

Iranian Foreign Minister says his visit to Damascus partly aims to facilitate peace and security between Syria and Turkey, as Tehran has strategic relations with both countries.

Speaking shortly before his departure for Syria on Saturday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said his trip follows a recent visit to neighboring Turkey, noting that it was imperative to have consultations with Syrian authorities as well.

Amir-Abdollahian said he will meet Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, and that they will also discuss regional and international issues.

“Developments are taking place in the region that require the Islamic Republic of Iran to constantly play a constructive role and prevent the breakout of a fresh crisis,” the top diplomat said.

Last week, the Syrian Minister of Agriculture extended his gratitude to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as well as the Iranian nation and government for assistance in a slew of construction projects in the Arab country.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 42nd edition of Damascus International Flowers Fair on June 26, Mohammad Hassan Qatana commended Iran for its support in wheat silos’ construction, and for building a number of dams, roads, and highways in Syria.

“There is great cooperation between us and the brother and friend country, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Damascus government is proud of such cooperation with Tehran,” Qatana said in an interview with Iran's official IRNA news agency in the Syrian capital.

“So far, several sets of cooperation agreements, aimed to develop ties between the two countries, including seven agreements on trade cooperation in the field of agriculture between Tehran and Damascus have been signed and implemented.”

The Syrian official underlined extensive cooperation between Syria and Iran in various fields, saying they have had meetings with Iranian producers and signed agreements with some of them.

“The Islamic Republic has a great role in the development of various sectors in Syria, especially in the electricity sector,” Qatana added.

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