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11/20/05

Iran and Syria reiterate 'solidarity' - report

Damascus, Nov 20, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Syrian counterpart Farouq al-Shara on Saturday stressed solidarity between the two countries in the face of escalating foreign pressures, the Syrian state news agency SANA said.

The two met on the sidelines of an Iraqi reconciliation conference held in the Egyptian capital Cairo, in which they discussed Iraq as well as the UN investigation into the killing of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, it said.

Syria is on the receiving end of accusations over Hariri's killing in a February bomb blast in Beirut, but the country denies any complicity in the incident.

Iran, on the other hand, is in the midst of a tiresome spat over its nuclear program which the country insists is civilian in the face of a US-led political campaign claiming the contrary.

Long-time allies Tehran and Damascus signed a joint security agreement in the final days of the previous Iranian administration to guard each other against foreign threats.

SANA said Shara reiterated Syria's determination to continue cooperation with the UN team investigating Hariri's death, but urged that "the committee is not manipulated to undermine security and peace in the region".

The UN team's chief Detlev Mehlis has asked to question six Syrian officials in Lebanon as part of his probe into Hariri's death.

Syria has proposed that the UN investigator interview Syrians on the Golan Heights.

Iranian, Syrian presidents discus mutual, regional development over phone

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad discussed mutual and regional developments over phone on Saturday.

According to the Press Bureau of the Foreign Ministry, the two presidents referred to the deep-rooted ties between the two nations and expressed satisfaction over expansion of bilateral relations.

Exchanging views on mutual cooperation, the two presidents discussed regional developments and underlined the need to maintain regional security and help promote regional developments.

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