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Iranian Foreign Minister: Raisi will visit Syria “in the near future”

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Raisi’s visit to Syria comes in the midst of regional diplomatic moves that have changed the political landscape in the region since Riyadh and Tehran agreed to resume their relations last month. It also coincides with an Arab opening, Saudi in particular, towards Damascus, which has been boycotted by several Arab countries since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi intends to visit Syria “in the near future,” according to what Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced Friday in Beirut, in what would be the first visit by an Iranian official in this position to Damascus.

Abdullahian said, according to the official Arabic translation of his statements in Persian, during a press conference held at his country’s embassy at the end of his two-day visit to Beirut, “Cooperation between Tehran and Damascus includes various dimensions, and in this context, in the near future, we have developed a program and plan for the visit of His Excellency the President of the Republic.” Iranian Islamic Dr. Raisi to Syria”.

Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to Damascus, reported on Friday that Raisi’s visit, the first by an Iranian president to Syria since 2010, will last for two days, during which he will hold “official talks with President Bashar al-Assad, including strengthening strategic cooperation between the two countries, especially on the economic side.”

Raisi’s visit to Syria comes in the midst of regional diplomatic moves that have changed the political landscape in the region since Riyadh and Tehran agreed to resume their relations last month. It also coincides with an Arab opening, Saudi in particular, towards Damascus, which has been boycotted by several Arab countries since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.

It also comes days after a meeting hosted by Moscow, in the presence of Iran, that brought together Syrian and Turkish officials, in a move that comes within the framework of efforts to reform relations between Damascus and Ankara.

Iran is a major supporter of Damascus, and since the start of the conflict in 2011 it has provided it with political, economic and military support. In 2011, it took the initiative to open a line of credit to secure Syria’s oil needs in particular, before sending military advisors and fighters to support the Syrian army in its battles. They contributed to tipping the scales in favor of the government forces on several fronts.

The two countries signed bilateral agreements in several fields during the past years, one of which included the inauguration of “two important ports in northern Tartous and part of the port of Latakia” in early 2019.

Al-Assad visited Tehran twice publicly over the past years, the first in February 2019 and the second in May 2022, during which he met Raisi and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ali Khamenei.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Damascus on September 18, 2010, six months before the outbreak of the conflict that killed more than half a million Syrians, drained the economy, destroyed infrastructure, and caused the displacement of more than half of the population inside and outside the country.

Abdullahian’s visit to Lebanon is the second since the beginning of the year. On Thursday evening, he met with the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, according to what the party announced. He also met with the most prominent Lebanese officials before heading earlier Friday to southern Lebanon, where he visited the “Iran Garden” in the border town of Maroun al-Ras.

Regarding the crisis of electing a Lebanese president after six months of continuing vacancy, Abdullahian reiterated on Friday his call for electing a president without delay, and said, “We have not and will not interfere at all in electing the Lebanese president (…) when the Lebanese agree on any person we will support, and this is an internal Lebanese matter.” “.

In addition, he stressed that “the agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia has positive effects and repercussions at the level of the entire region and Lebanon in particular.”

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