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Iran deputy FM discusses bilateral ties, anti-terror fight with Syria officials

The Iranian deputy foreign minister has held meetings with senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, for talks on the enhancement of bilateral ties as well as cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

On the second day of his visit to Damascus, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, sat down with President Assad on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in crisis-hit Syria, among other issues of mutual and regional significance.

The senior Iranian official held separate talks on Wednesday with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis , Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and his deputy, Faisal Mekdad.

During his talks with Muallem, Jaberi Ansari said Iran would keep up its support for the Syrian nation in all areas, including anti-terror battles, until the restoration of peace to the country, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

The senior Iranian official further highlighted the importance of Iranian-Syrian-Russian coordination in efforts to achieve a political solution to the Syria crisis.

Muallem, in turn, thanked Iran for standing by his country and said the Syrian army, in cooperation with the allies and friends, will continue its fight against terrorism in parallel with the efforts on the diplomatic stage.

The Syrian minister also said any solution to the conflict in Syria should respect the Arab state's sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

Source: Press TV

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