Iran will stand by Syria firmly: FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Saturday that Syria lies enroute of development and progress, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, like the terrorist wartime against Damascus, will stand by Syria firmly.

Heading a delegation, Amir-Abdollahian arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus and was welcomed by his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad.

Amir-Abdollahian had left Lebanon for Damascus an hour ago, after visiting Moscow and Beirut and consulting with the officials of these countries.

Upon arrival in the Syrian capital, Amirabdollahian said to reporters on Saturday that it has always been our serious concern with regard to regional developments and bilateral relations, dialogue and consultation with friends and with the strategic partner of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Syria, and Syrian officials.

He added that "Iran's relations with Syria is strategic and we are trying to expand our cooperation with this country in all areas. Syria is developing and we will stand by the country again firmly as we stood by it during the era of fighting against terrorism."

According to Mehr News Agency the Iranian FM went on to say that "In recent weeks, important agreements have been reached on the comprehensive development of Iran-Syria relations. Our bilateral agreements will be implemented quickly and the two nations will benefit from it."

This is Iran foreign minister's second visit to Syria since taking office.

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