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Syrian prime minister to visit Iran
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep4(47).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi and Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi held a telephone conversation on Tuesday in which they discussed the crisis in the Arab country. 
 
During the conversation, the Syrian prime minister commented on his plan to make a trip to Iran in the near future, saying, “During the trip, officials of the two countries will hold talks and follow up the process of the implementation of joint agreements.”
 
He also thanked Iran for the stance it has adopted toward the developments in Syria and said, “The Syrian people have been standing firm against the enemies and aggressors and will not allow outsiders to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.”   
 
Rahimi commented on the speech that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered on Sunday and said that Iran regards it as a step toward the restoration of stability and security in Syria. 
 
Assad unveiled a plan during his speech which calls for the convening of a national reconciliation conference and the formation of a broad-based representative government that would then oversee new elections, the drafting of a new constitution, and a general amnesty. 
 
Rahimi added, “Terrorists and outsiders must be aware that the Syrian people are seeking peace and reforms and will never allow foreign interference in the country’s affairs.”
 
In addition, he expressed hope that the Syrian prime minister’s visit to Iran would help further strengthen ties between the two countries in various areas and help increase the value of bilateral trade. 
 
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