Mottaki, Syrian leader discuss regional developments

August 12, 2010 - 0:0

DAMASCUS – Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki discussed the latest regional developments with President Bashar Assad in the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday.

Mottaki was visiting Syria at the head of a high-ranking delegation.
Issues of mutual interest, support for the Lebanese resistance movement, and the recent border clashes between Israel and Lebanon were among the topics discussed by Mottaki and Assad, Tehran Times reporter who was accompanying Mottaki to Syria reported.
The Iranian foreign minister also held talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem and Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa separately over Tehran-Damascus relations on Wednesday.
Ramin Mehmanparast, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, and Ferdousipour, the director of the Foreign Ministry department for the Persian Gulf and Middle East region were accompanying Mottaki in the two-day visit to Syria.
Mottaki had previously stated that his consultation with Syrian officials would be in line with the meeting he held with his Lebanese counterpart Ali al-Shami in Tehran on Sunday.
The Israeli military attacked Lebanon on August 3, killing three Lebanese soldiers and one Lebanese journalist in the most serious violence along the frontier since the 2006 war.
President Assad expressed Syria's support for Lebanon against the heinous aggression. Assad said the aggression proved once more that Israel has always been seeking to destabilize security and stability in Lebanon and the region.
Iran also categorically condemned the attack, announcing that it is pursuing the issue “sensitively”.
------- Photo: Syrian President Assad welcoming Foreign Minister Mottaki (L) and his assistant Ramin Mehmanparast (C)