The Iranian foreign minister reiterated his support for Syria and his expectations for the 2015 nuclear deal during the visit to Damascus.
Tehran, Iran – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has held talks on bilateral relations and developments in the region with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
In addition to ways to further boost bilateral economic and political ties, the two discussed recent developments in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq on Saturday, according to a statement from the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Amirabdollahian said that the diplomatic atmosphere at the United Nations General Assembly last month showed that “conditions have changed in favor of Syria.”
As senior Taliban officials and representatives of the United States held talks in Qatar on Saturday Since Iran did not attend due to the US presence, the foreign minister also said that Tehran is “in contact with all parties in Afghanistan, including the Taliban” and continues to call on them to form an inclusive government.
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, al-Assad said recent events in Syria, including a presidential election that secured him another term, in addition to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, signal the “rise of a new axis and the fall of the western axis “. ”.
The Iranian Foreign Minister further told the Syrian president that President Ebrahim Raisi’s administration in Tehran has envisioned a “sustainable economic development plan” that will be implemented regardless of whether US sanctions remain in place.
Shortly after arriving in Damascus, Amirabdollahian told reporters that Iran and Syria have recently reached agreements to boost economic, commercial and tourism ties, and that they will be implemented soon, without providing further details.
Amirabdollahian told al-Assad that Iran to return to Vienna to resume talks on restoring soon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but will seek to “verify” the lifting of sanctions and the “necessary guarantees” that Western powers this time will implement their commitments in full.
The United States unilaterally abandoned the deal in 2018, and Iran maintains that Europe is also complicit, as it complied with Washington sanctions that sometimes hampered even humanitarian trade.
This is the third stop on Amirabdollahian’s regional trip after visiting Russia and Lebanon for high-level talks.
In Moscow, he met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday in talks that he said Iran hopes will lead to a “big leap” in relations as the two countries are considering a long-term cooperation roadmap. .
During a two-day trip to Lebanon, he met with President Michel Aoun as well as senior officials from the newly formed administration and said that Iran is committed to supporting Lebanon in breaking through the “unjust siege” it faces under pressure from sanctions. Americans.
Amirabdollahian also sat down with Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah and leaders of the Palestinian resistance in Lebanon.