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Top aide to Iran supreme leader in Syria to meet Assad

The Iranian top aid to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took an impromptu jaunt over to Syria to speak with their president after a meeting with Lebanese leaders in Beirut

AFP , Tuesday 7 Aug 2012
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Saeed Jalili, a top aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, arrived in Damascus on a surprise visit on Tuesday for talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Iranian state television reported.

Jalili, the head of Iran's supreme national security council, flew in from Beirut, where he held talks on Monday with Lebanese leaders.

He was to meet Assad within the hour. After the meeting, Jalili was to give a news conference in the Syrian capital, Iranian state broadcaster IRIB said on its website.

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