Iranian president meets Palestinian officials in Syria

AP , Thursday 4 May 2023

Iran’s president met senior Palestinian officials in Damascus and expressed his country’s support to them Thursday as Tehran and Syria signed a series of agreements.

Syria s President Bashar al-Assad (R) and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi hold the documents after signing a memoranda of understanding on long-term strategic cooperation in Damascus on May 3, 2023. AFP


Damascus-based Palestinian official Khaled Abdul-Majid told The Associated Press that the delegation briefed Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi on the situation in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Iran has been a main backer of some Palestinian factions.

“The Palestinian leaders thanked Iran for its support to the resistance and the Palestinian cause,” Abdul-Majid, who attended the talks, said after the meeting. He added that Raisi confirmed to the Palestinian officials, including top leaders from the armed groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, that Iran will continue supporting the Palestinians.

Raisi began a two-day visit to Syria during which the two countries signed a series of long-term cooperation agreements on oil and other sectors to bolster economic ties between the two allies. Raisi held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and visited holy shrines for Shia Muslims near the capital Damascus.

Syrian state media said Raisi and Assad signed agreements and memorandums of understanding related to several sectors, including oil, agriculture, railways and free trade zones.

The last Iranian president to visit Syria was President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2010.

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