President Ahmadinejad departs for Syria
( Irna ) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for Damascus, Syria Thursday morning heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation.
The president's day-long visit to Syria takes place at the invitation of his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.
President Ahmadinejad was seen off at the airport by a number of senior Iranian officials including the First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi.
He is accompanied by ministers of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki and of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedi-kia.
The visit coincides with the inauguration of al-Assad's second term as the president of Syria.
The two presidents will discuss issues of mutual interest, including ways to expand mutual cooperation and bilateral, regional and international issues.
The Iranian president is to return home later on Thursday after paying pilgrimage to holy shrines of Syria.