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Iran Foreign Minister to Meet Assad in Damascus

The Foreign Minister of Iran Hossein Amir Abdollahian will visit Damascus on Wednesday, according to al-Souria Net.
Iran Foreign Minister to Meet Assad in Damascus

The Foreign Minister of Iran Hossein Amir Abdollahian will visit Damascus on Wednesday for his third visit since taking office last August.

On Tuesday, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that Abdollahian will arrive in Damascus on Wednesday for a visit during which he will meet with the regime’s head, Bashar al-Assad, and senior officials in the government. 

It added that the Iranian minister will travel to Beirut after leaving Damascus, without giving further details about the visit. 

This is the third visit by the Iranian Foreign Minister to Damascus since he took office in August 2021. His first visit took place one week after he took office, and the second visit was in October of the same year. 

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Abdollahian visited Moscow last week, during which he met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, and discussed regional and international issues, notably the Syrian and Ukrainian issues, and the Iranian nuclear deal. 

The Iranian foreign minister usually links his visit to Damascus to other capitals, particularly Moscow and Beirut, during which he meets senior officials of the two countries. 

The visit to Damascus on Wednesday coincides with the seventh round of meetings of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva, which began on Monday and lasts for four days. 

It also coincides with an Israeli escalation against the Iranian militia’s military positions in Syria. Iran announced the killing of two IRGC officers in a believed Israeli bombing of Damascus last week. 

Iran accused Israel of being responsible for the rocket attacks, noting that it would “pay for this crime,” according to a statement issued by the Revolutionary Guard. 

Israel has intensified its bombing of several positions in Syria over the past months and says its airstrikes in Syria are linked to the Iranian presence, which is active in most of the Assad regime’s military areas. 

Iran’s Foreign Minister is a hardline politician with links to the IRGC and enjoys close ties to the Assad regime, according to Iranian media. 

In earlier remarks to Abdollahian in 2015, Assad described it as a “red line” for Iran, saying that “without Iran’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the efforts of its military advisers, Damascus would have fallen during the first three years of the war.”

 

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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