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Syria’s foreign minister arrived Tehran in first visit abroad

Syria’s foreign minister arrived Tehran in first visit abroad

Syria’s foreign minister Faisal Mekdad has arrived in Tehran on Monday for the meeting with his Iranian counterpart. Commenting on the historical meeting, Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed Mekdad’s first official visit abroad, AFP says.

The two foreign ministers have discussed the latest development in the Middle Eastern region. The bilateral, regional and international issues, as well as the joint fight against terrorism were on Monday agenda as well, Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Syria’s top diplomat arrived in Tehran on Sunday night and is expected to meet Iran’s top officials in the next few days, according to the ministry. For Faisal Mekdad, it the first visit abroad after he holds the position. He succeeded Wallid Muallem as Syria’s foreign minister on November 22, after the veteran diplomat died days before.

Hailing the Syrian diplomat’s visit, Zarif emphasised the “necessity of vigilance and consultation” between Iran and Syria due to the “recent regional developments and condition”.

Iran has been a staunch supporter of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that has ravaged the country since 2011. “Iran stands alongside the people and government of Syria in the fight against terrorism,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a tweet.

Echoing the international fora’s opinion, Tehran says that political solution is the only possible choice to end the current crisis.