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Iran interior minister due in Syria for talks

Politics - Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli will pay an official two-day visit to Syria to hold talks with the Arab country’s officials.

Deputy Interior Minister for International Affairs Babak Dinparast said on Saturday that Rahmani Fazli will travel to Damascus on Monday at the invitation of his Syrian counterpart Major General Mohammad al-Shaar.

He added that the visit is aimed at discussing ways to improve Tehran-Damascus relations and implement an already signed agreement between the two sides.

During a visit by Shaar to Tehran in June 2015, the Iranian and Syrian interior ministers signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorists, organized crimes and narcotics smuggling.

Earlier this week, Iran’s Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi visited Syria, where he held talks with the country’s Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi, his counterpart Nizar Yazigi and Higher Education Minister Mohammad Amer Mardini.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy for four and a half years. More than 250,000 have lost their lives and millions displaced as a result of the crisis in the Arab country.

Since late September 2014, the US and some of its allies have carried out airstrikes purportedly against Daesh extremists inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

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