Iran FM: Tehran, Damascus to sign long-term agreement

Tehran and Damascus have agreed to sign a document for long-term strategic cooperation in the near future, said the Iranian foreign minister.

Making the remark in an address to a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart ‎Faisal Mekdad following their meeting in Damascus on Saturday,

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian added the two countries enjoy the “best” level of bilateral relations and are resolute on the further promotion of ties, particularly in the economic and trade fields, according to Press TV.

“Various agreements have been signed between the two countries which are being implemented,” he said.

Pointing to his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier in the day, Amir-Abdollahian noted that different mutual, strategic, regional and international issues were discussed, on which the two sides have common views.

He added the two countries’ top officials are determined to bolster relations, stressing the importance of making efforts to improve economic cooperation to the same level as the political ties.

“National sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries must be respected, and we will continue our diplomatic efforts to … resolve the problems and differences between Syria and Turkey,” the top Iranian diplomat said.

The Syrian foreign minister, for his part, said he has always highlighted the significance of improving economic cooperation with Iran amid sanctions against the two countries.

Mekdad added that he would make his utmost efforts to eradicate terrorism.

In response to a question about the Israeli regime’s attacks on Syria, Mekdad said Damascus will respond to Tel Aviv in due time.

The Israeli regime is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Palestine, he further said.

Assad meeting

In his meeting with the Syrian president, Iran’s foreign minister said the Islamic Republic will continue its strong support for Syria, calling for further expansion of all-out relations between the two countries in all areas of cooperation.

Amir-Abdollahian conveyed Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi’s regards to Assad, noting, “Iran considers the security and progress of Syria as its own security and progress, and will continue its strong support for Syria.”

He welcomed the expansion of Syria’s foreign relations, saying this issue indicated the Arab country’s importance and significant position in the region.

He pointed to an invite that has been extended by Assad to Raeisi to visit the Syrian capital, expressing certainty that such a trip would pave the way for further development of friendly and bilateral relations between Iran and Syria across various areas.

For his part, Assad described Iran as the closest country to Syria, which stood by its side during the foreign-backed war, adding that Damascus will never forget the support provided to it by the Islamic Republic.Amir-Abdollahian returned to Tehran on Sunday.