The tide in the international community has turned in favor of Syria, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday as he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
“The diplomatic climate in the recent sessions of the UN General Assembly indicated that the situation has changed in favor of Syria,” Amir-Abdollahian told Assad, referring to the meetings on the sidelines of the annual gathering in New York last month.
It was Amir-Abdollahian’s second trip to Syria since becoming Iran’s foreign minister. On August 29, he met with Assad in Damascus.
Heading a delegation, the top diplomat arrived in the Syrian capital on Saturday after visits to Russia and Lebanon where he held talks with top officials.
Amir-Abdollahian was welcomed by his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad at Damascus International Airport.
Upon arrival, he called ties with Syria "strategic", saying Iran will stand with Syria as it did during a decade-long war that gripped the Arab country.
"Our ties with Syria are strategic and we are trying to expand our cooperation with the country in all fields. Syria is on the path of development and progress, and on this path, Iran will strongly stand with Damascus, as it did during the war on terrorists," Amir-Abdollahian told reporters, according to Press TV.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011, with the US and its allies aiding armed groups.
However, the Syrian military, backed by Iran and Russia, managed to win back control of almost all regions from foreign-backed militants.
“Following trips to Moscow and Beirut, we will today meet and exchange views with Mr. Bashar al-Assad and Syrian officials in Damascus to complete our consultations. We are always interested in dialogue and consultation with our friends, including Syria, about the latest developments in the region,” the top Iranian diplomat said.
In recent weeks, important agreements have been reached on the expansion of relations as well as economic, trade and tourism cooperation between Iran and Syria, he noted.
“We are seeking to implement the bilateral deals as soon as possible so that we can see the results shortly.”
Assad on Saturday said that since his previous meeting with Amir-Abdollahian, “many changes have taken place that have been in the interest of all of us”.
He said the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer was indicative of the decline of the West.
The Syrian president warned that the US seeks to sow discord among Afghanistan neighbors, urging Iran to enter into negotiations with Afghanistan’s neighboring nations to lead the developments in the war-torn country to success.