Iran’s top diplomat says visiting Syria to expedite implementation of joint pacts

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Iran’s foreign minister said on Wednesday he was headed to Syria to expedite the execution of agreements signed between the two countries earlier this year during a visit by Iran’s president to the war-torn country.

In May, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made an official visit to Syria, during which the two countries inked a set of long-term cooperation agreements aimed at enhancing economic ties between the allies.

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“I am going to Damascus in order to accelerate the implementation of the agreements” signed by Raisi and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wrote on the social media platform X.

Amir-Abdollahian said he will discuss the latest regional and international developments with senior Syrian officials, adding: “Iran emphasizes the necessity of establishing stability and peace and maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

The upcoming trip to Syria marks Amir-Abdollahian’s seventh visit to the country since he became Iran’s foreign minister in 2021.

Iran, a close ally of al-Assad, has been heavily involved in Syria since the beginning of the conflict there in 2011, sending thousands of Iranian and foreign fighters to back the Syrian regime.

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