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Iranian FM: Regular Iran-Syria consultation a must

Damascus, April 15, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Thursday stressed exchange of views and regular consultation between Tehran and Damascus.

The visiting minister termed vital consultation between the leaders of Iran and Syria under current circumstances in the region particularly in Lebanon and Palestine.

Kharrazi, who arrived in Syria Thursday on an unexpected visit at the head of a top political delegation, met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Right understanding of regional developments, collective cooperation within a democratic framework, and observation of public interests are of great importance," said the minister.

Pointing to ongoing developments in Iraq, he added new developments and a popular government can play an effective role in meeting the Iraqis' needs and settling their economic and security problems.

He voiced his concerns over current conspiracies in al-Aqsa mosque and said, "Israel's broad measures for desecrating al-Aqsa mosque hurt Muslims' feelings. The issue has highlighted the urgency of adopting more serious policies by Muslim states and the Organization of the Islamic Conference." The Syrian president assessed the outcome of consultation between the two countries as positive and said regular contact between the two sides is crucial in settling ongoing challenges in the region.

Syria and Iran have common concerns over regional issues, Assad said, adding exchange of views between heads of the two countries can be always constructive and effective in removing regional problems.

He outlined his country's stance on Iraq developments and stated Damascus supports new developments in Iraq to help establish a legal government, expressing hope new developments will help meet Iraqi people's needs.

The president urged all Islamic and Arab countries to have serious reactions to the Zionists' plots in al-Aqsa.

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