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Iran's Salehi to discuss Lebanon in Syria

Iran Materials 23 January 2011 18:59
Caretaker Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has left Tehran for Damascus where he is expected to discuss regional developments, including the recent developments in Lebanon, Press TV reported.
Iran's Salehi to discuss Lebanon in Syria

Caretaker Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has left Tehran for Damascus where he is expected to discuss regional developments, including the recent developments in Lebanon, Press TV reported.

The top Iranian diplomat is to discuss a wide range of topics with Syrian authorities including the expansion of ties and regional and international developments, a Foreign Ministry statement said on Sunday.

According to the statement, the recent developments in Lebanon will be the focus of the talks.

Lebanon's unity government collapsed in early January after 11 ministers led by Hezbollah and its allies resigned over tensions stemming from a probe into the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri.

Iran and Syria enjoy strategic political, economic and cultural relations and also closely cooperate on regional matters.

Earlier in January, in a meeting with visiting Syrian Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Abrash, Salehi expressed Iran's willingness to boost ties with Syria.

Iran-Syria trade currently stands at USD 3 billion and is expected to touch USD 5 billion in the near future.

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