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Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

President Ebrahim Raisi’s pick for Iran’s new foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, on Sunday visited President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and then told reporters: “Zionists are an important factor of insecurity in the region. Zionists have taken Muslims, Christians, and even Jews hostage in the historical land of Palestine.”

The new foreign minister also said he had very constructive conversations with “my dear brother Mr. Faisal Mekdad (Syria’s Foreign Minister – DI) about expanding and strengthening our relations as much as possible.”


Amir-Abdollahian’s visit came one day after the Baghdad International Conference “for Cooperation and Participation” that was aimed at “easing tensions in the region.” So you know it had to be good.

Noting that the two countries are drawing up a plan for the active development of bilateral economic and trade cooperation, Amir-Abdollahian added that such a plan would aim at countering the “cruel sanctions imposed on Iran and Syria by their enemies.”

“We examined the latest developments in the region. We believe that any political and security arrangements in the region will be achieved through the presence and participation of all countries in the region, including the Arab Republic of Syria, and in this direction, we regard as important the role of Iraq and Syria in helping with the formation of new regional arrangements in political, security and economic fields,” he said.

According to the official Syrian news agency SANA, President al-Assad stressed that the continuous cooperation between Syria and Iran “has given positive results in protecting the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples, particularly in the field of combating terrorism.” The President also affirmed that Syria will continue to “combat terrorism until all the lands are liberated from it.”

OK, now, can you say “Hossein Amir-Abdollahian?”


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