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Iran caretaker FM wraps up Syria visit

Iranian caretaker Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has returned to Tehran after talks with Syrian and Palestinian leaders in Damascus on the latest developments in the Middle East.

Salehi arrived in the Syrian capital on Sunday to hold talks with the country’s officials on a wide range of issues.

Syrian-Iranian ties and the latest developments in the region were the main topics Salehi discussed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday.

The two sides called for solving the problems of the region and stressed that it is up to regional countries to come up with solutions to the problems.

The talks also touched upon the situation in war-ravaged Iraq, with the two sides welcoming the formation of the new Iraqi government.

The Iranian official also held talks with his Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Damascus on Sunday.

Their talks revolved around the ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

Regarding the latest regional developments, the Iranian caretaker foreign minister said Tehran considers the political crisis in Lebanon as an internal issue and would support any decisive solution to end the crisis.

The two officials also discussed the outcomes of the latest multifaceted talks between Iran and the P5+1 on January 21-22 in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

The Iranian diplomat had also held meetings with leaders of Palestinian political groups in Damascus, during which both sides called for the continuation of resistance as a key factor to end occupation of Palestinian lands.

Iran and Syria enjoy strategic political, economic and cultural relations and also closely cooperate on regional matters. Salehi’s visit to Damascus comes amid rising tension in Lebanon. Iran and Syria have repeatedly called for ensuring stability and security in Lebanon without any foreign interference.

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