Iran, Syria call for closer ties between their political parties

Iran Materials 25 January 2007 15:13 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Iran and Syria here on Thursday underscored the importance of closer ties between their political parties.

A delegation from Iran's House of Political Parties headed by it's chairman, Ayatollah Hossein Moussavi Tabrizi, here Thursday met and conferred with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The two sides also called for activation of their student groups so as to prepare the ground for stronger Tehran-Damascus cooperation, reports Trend.

Terming current amicable ties between the brother countries as "strategic and powerful," President al-Assad called for a further boost in bilateral relations in all fields.

The Syrian president urged the two countries' youth to familiarize themselves with their countries' positions regarding major regional and international developments.

Moussavi Tabrizi, for his part, said that parties in Iran are independent and have similar views on fundamental and national issues.

He called for further efforts to expand relations.

The two sides also agreed on the need to consolidate the unity and solidarity of all world Muslims in order to neutralize the conspiracies of their common enemies.

The Iranian delegation arrived in Syria Monday evening to hold talks with senior members of Syrian political parties.

The delegation, comprising representatives from various Iranian political parties, is visiting Syria upon the invitation of its ruling Baath Party.

The Iranian delegation is scheduled to meet with officials of the Baath Party and National Progressive Front of Syria.