Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Syria on 29 August for his first bilateral trip to a foreign state since being named Iran’s top diplomat.
Following a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in Damascus, Abdollahian said that the two nations are working on ways to overcome western economic sanctions.
“Iran and Syria are drawing up a plan for the active development of economic and trade cooperation to counter the oppressive sanctions imposed by the enemies,” the Iranian Foreign Minister told the press.
Abdollahian said that both Iran and Syria believe any political and security arrangements in the region can only be achieved through the presence and participation of all countries in the region, including the Syrian Arab Republic.
His comments come just one day after his visit to the Baghdad International Conference “For Cooperation and Participation,” which excluded the participation of Syrian officials.
Later on, Abdollahian spoke about the two nations’ ongoing fight against terrorist groups in the region, saying “I would like to remind the Iranian and Syrian delegations here of the heroic and courageous acts of Martyr [Qassem] Soleimani, who, along with the great martyrs of Syria and the Syrian Armed Forces, played an important role in defeating Daesh,” adding that Syria is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.
The Iranian diplomat highlighted that security in the region will not be achieved as long as foreign occupation troops remain, and said that the establishment of long-term security and stability in West Asia depends solely on the level of cooperation between neighbors.