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Sunday, 03 August 2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad (R), review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony for Assad in Tehran. Assad arrived in Tehran on Saturday for talks with staunch regional ally Iran that an official said would include the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear ambitions. (Reuters)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad (R), review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony for Assad in Tehran. Assad arrived in Tehran on Saturday for talks with staunch regional ally Iran that an official said would include the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear ambitions. (Reuters)

Al-Assad was welcomed by Minister of Housing and Urban
Development Mohammad Saeedi Kia at Mehrabad International Airport.

Syria's Assad in Tehran for nuclear talks
(AFP)
2 August 2008

TEHRAN - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in Tehran on Saturday to discuss the Islamic republic's nuclear issue as well as matters of mutual interest.

Assad flew into Tehran's Mehrabad international airport and was welcomed byHousing Minister Mohammad Saidi-Kia ahead of meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

During the two-day visit Assad is due to meet with high-ranking Iranian officials to discuss regional and international issues, state-run television reported.

Iran's ambassador to Syria Ahmad Moussavi said on Friday talks would include Iran's nuclear programme, which Western countries claim hides an ambition to develop atomic weapons but which Tehran says is purely for peaceful purposes.

"During the visit of the Syrian president, who will meet with Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the two sides will discuss... (Tehran's) nuclear issue," he was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

Assad's visit to Tehran follows his trip to Paris a month ago during which French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked Syria to "persuade Iran" -- Syria's staunch regional ally -- to show proof that it is not seeking nuclear weapons.

The United States has given a weekend deadline for Iran to answer an international offer to freeze its nuclear drive and warned of new sanctions if it rejects the package.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino warned: "Negative consequences await if they don't have a positive response to our very generous incentives package, and that would possibly come in the form of sanctions."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had given Iran two weeks to come up with a "serious" reply after an international meeting in Geneva on July 19 which saw Tehran broadly accused of stonewalling.

Perino said the United States would coordinate any action with its partners in the P5-plus-1, or the permanent UN Security Council members -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France -- plus Germany.

The P5-plus-1 has offered Iran benefits in civil nuclear energy, trade, finance, agriculture and high technology if it freezes uranium enrichment.

If Iran accepts the package, there would be pre-negotiations during which Tehran would add no more uranium-enriching centrifuges and, in return, face no further sanctions.

The visit will be Assad's third to Iran since the election of Ahmadinejad in 2005. His last visit dates back to February 2007.

The alliance between Iran and Syria, stretching back more than three decades, was strengthened in 2006 with the signing of a military cooperation agreement.

The television report said that Iran is currently involved in a range of projects in Syria worth a total of around 1.3 billion dollars.

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) meets with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits on his left during an official meeting in Tehran August 3, 2008. REUTERS/Isna (IRAN) 

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) meets with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei (R) as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits on his left during an
official meeting in Tehran August 3, 2008. REUTERS/Isna (IRAN)

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Syrian President arrives in Tehran
Politics    8/2/2008 4:43:00 PM
 
TEHRAN, Aug 2 (KUNA) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived here on Saturday heading a high ranking delegation.

The Syrian president is to confer with his Iranian counterpart President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other high ranking officials on issues of mutual interests as well as regional developments, according to the Iranian television.

Al-Assad was welcomed by Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedi Kia at Mehrabad International Airport.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and a number of high ranking Syrian officials are accompanying the Syrian president. (end) ht.tg KUNA 021643 Aug 08NNNN

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Syrian president arrives in Tehran (1st Lead)

Aug 2, 2008, 12:53 GMT

Tehran - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived Saturday in Tehran for a two-day visit and talks on bilateral and regional issues.

Assad is to meet with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Top of the agenda will be Syria's indirect talks, under Turkish auspices, with Iran's arch-foe Israel which has irritated Tehran. Assad is expected to defend the talks in his meetings with Iranian officials.

Also on the agenda will be the expansion of bilateral ties and Iran's reassurance that its nuclear projects were only for peaceful purposes.

Israel and the US have urged Syria to end its alliance with Tehran and its support for radical Palestinian factions and Lebanon's Hezbollah opposition group.

But al-Assad's visit to Iran is a clear message that Damascus is committed to its alliance with Tehran, which was further cemented by a military cooperation agreement signed in 2006.

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/

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Syrian president arrives in Tehran - Update

Tehran - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived Saturday in Tehran for a two-day visit and talks on bilateral and regional issues. Assad is to meet with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Top of the agenda will be Syria's indirect talks, under Turkish auspices, with Iran's arch-foe Israel which has irritated Tehran. Assad is expected to defend the talks in his meetings with Iranian officials.

Also on the agenda will be the expansion of bilateral ties and Iran's reassurance that its nuclear projects were only for peaceful purposes.

Israel and the US have urged Syria to end its alliance with Tehran and its support for radical Palestinian factions and Lebanon's Hezbollah opposition group.

But al-Assad's visit to Iran is a clear message that Damascus is committed to its alliance with Tehran, which was further cemented by a military cooperation

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/223108,syrian-president-arrives-in-tehran--update.html

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Syrian leader in Iran as nuclear deadline looms

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held talks with his Iranian counterpart in Tehran on Saturday, a few weeks after he told France he would use his good relations with Iran to help resolve its nuclear stand-off with the West.

Assad's two-day visit to Iran coincides with an informal deadline set by Western officials in the dispute over Tehran's atomic plans, which the United States suspects are aimed at making bombs. The Islamic Republic says its aims are peaceful.

He met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was expected to hold talks with Iran's highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian media reported.

Assad and Ahmadinejad stressed "the importance of cooperation between the two Middle Eastern countries with the intention of strengthening the stability and the security of the region," state broadcaster IRIB said.

Ahmadinejad in May called for closer defence ties between the two countries, which the United States accuses of sponsoring terrorism.

Western powers gave Iran two weeks from July 19 to respond to their offer to hold off from imposing more U.N. sanctions on Iran if it in return freezes any expansion of its nuclear work, with the aim of getting preliminary talks started between the two sides.

That would suggest a deadline of Saturday, but Iran, which has repeatedly ruled out curbing its nuclear programme, has dismissed the idea that it had two weeks to reply.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to build nuclear warheads under cover of a civilian power programme. Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, denies the charge.

Visiting Paris last month, Assad said he would respond to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's request and use his good relations with Iran to help resolve the nuclear row.

He also said in the French capital on July 14 that a military attack on Iran over its nuclear programme would have grave consequences for the United States, Israel and the world.

Washington says it wants a diplomatic solution to the dispute but has not ruled out military action if that fails.

Copyright © 2008 Reuters

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Syrian, Iranian presidents hold talks in Tehran

TEHRAN, Aug. 2 (Mehr News Agency) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad started a landmark two-day visit to Tehran on Saturday. He was formally greeted by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the presidential headquarters. Immediately after his arrival the two presidents started their private talks.

A high ranking delegation including Foreign Minister Walid Muallem is accompanying the Syrian president. It is Assad's third visit to Tehran since the election of President Ahmadinejad in 2005. His last visit dates back to February 2007.

The Syrian president announced a few weeks that he will visit Tehran to respond to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's request and use his good ties with Iran to help resolve Tehran's nuclear stand-off with the West.

The visit followed Assad's meeting with Sarkozy in Paris on July 12 where France hosted a meeting of Mediterranean states.

Syria has backed Iran's right to nuclear technology and insisted that Iran's nuclear program is only aimed at peaceful purposes.

Iran and Syria are two strategic allies in the Middle East. The two countries have developed extensive economic and political ties.

Senior Syrian officials have rejected rumors that Damascus will be ready to cut ties with Tehran as part of a deal if Israel agreed to withdraw from the occupied Golan Heights.

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Presidents al-Assad and Ahmadinejad Hold Extensive Talks Session
Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 05:35 PM

Tehran, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad held on Saturday an extensive talks session with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presence of members of the official delegations.

President al-Assad arrived earlier on Saturday afternoon in Tehran on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was received at Mehrabad Airport by Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mahmoud Saeedi-Kia, Deputy Foreign Minister Alireza Sheikh Attar, the Syrian Ambassador in Tehran, the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus, heads of Arab diplomatic missions in Tehran, and staff members of the Syrian Embassy in Tehran.

After a brief rest at the Hall of Honor at the airport, President al-Assad headed to the Presidential Palace where he was received with an official welcoming ceremony and was received by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

After the playing the of the Syrian and Iranian national anthem and reviewing the honor guard, President al-Assad shook hands with members of the Iranian official delegation, which includes Vice President Parviz Davoodi, Minister Mahmoud Saeedi-Kia, senior officials at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus.

In turn, President Ahmadinejad shook hands with members of the Syrian delegation accompanying President al-Assad which includes Vice President Farouk al-Shara, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, Political and Information Consultant to the Presidency Dr. Buthaina Shaaban, Assistant Vice President Mohammad Nasif, Assitant Foreign Minister Ahmad Arnous, and Syria's Ambassador in Tehran Dr. Hamed Hassan.

H. Sabbagh / Ghossoun

http://www.sana.sy/eng/22/2008/08/02/186787.htm

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Presidents al-Assad and Ahmadinejad Discuss Boosting, Developing Bilateral, Distinguished Syrian-Iranian Relations
Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 08:00 PM

Tehran, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran held on Saturday afternoon an official round of talks during which they discussed ways of boosting and developing the bilateral, distinguished relations between the two countries.

The current regional situations were also reviewed. Points of view of the two sides agreed on the importance of establishing security and stability in Iraq, supporting the political process to establish the national reconciliation among all walks of life in Iraq and the withdrawal of all the foreign troops from Iraq to guarantee the country's unity in people and land and sovereignty.

The talks also focused on the positive developments being witnessed by Lebanon since Doha Agreement. The two Presidents expressed support to the Lebanese national reconciliation process in Lebanon.

Presidents al-Assad and Ahmadinejad discussed the situation on the Palestinian stage, stressing importance of continuing the efforts to establish the Palestinian national reconciliation as the guarantor of the Palestinian people's rights.

The two sides discussed the Iranian nuclear dossier, stressing importance of finding a political solution through dialogue to ensure Iran's right in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The talks were attended from the Syrian side by Vice President Farouk al-Shara, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, Political and Information Consultant at the Presidency Dr. Buthaina Sha'aban, Assistant Vice President Mohammad Nassif, Assistant Foreign Minister Ahmad Arnous and Syria's Ambassador in Tehran Dr. Hamed Hassan.  Attending from the Iranian side were: vice President Parviz Davoodi, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mahmoud Saeedi-Kia, Deputy Foreign Minister Alireza Sheikh Attar and Iranian Ambassador in Damascus Ahmad Mussavi.

For her part, Dr. Sha'aban stressed that the visit of President al-Assad to Tehran comes as part of cooperation between the two countries and discussion of the bilateral relations and the situation in the region.

Dr. Sha'aban, in a meeting with journalists in Damascus on Saturday, described the relations between Syria and Iran as strategic, adding that these relations proved importance in establishing stability in the region.She pointed out that the Syrian policy is based on the Syrian and Arab interests.

Dr. Sha'aban added that President al-Assad's talks with the Iranian officials will cover all the issues of interest for Syria and Iran, pointing out that the timing of the visit has nothing to do with the expiry of the deadline given to Iran to respond to the Western proposals on the Iranian nuclear dossier.

Dr. Sha'aban said that Syria and Iran agree on the unity of Iraq, keeping its territorial integrity, the withdrawal of the foreign troops form it and establishing the national reconciliation.

The Presidential Consultant pointed out that the French approach over the Middle East issues have changed in general through Paris conviction that the relations with the countries of the region serve the European and French interests as well as the peace and stability.

Dr. Sha'aban indicated that the indirect talks between Syria and Israel have no effect on the historical Syrian-Iranian relations, stressing that no circle in the world can dictate anything to Syria against her own firm policies.She said that Syria has been able to change French and European convictions, pointing out to the emergence of different way of American reading of the situations in the region.

She stressed that the American administration's policy had been a catastrophe for the world over the past few years.

Dr. Sha'aban added that the issues of nuclear enriching is guaranteed in the international laws, adding that Iran is committed to the international agreements while Israel is the party which stirs the crisis and it's the only party not committed to these agreements.

Later, President Ahmadinejad held a dinner banquet in honor of President al-Assad. The banquet was attended by members of the two official Syrian and Iranian delegations and senior Iranian officials.

Ahmad Fathi ZAHRA

http://www.sana.sy/eng/22/2008/08/02/186812.htm

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President al-Assad receives separately Mottaki and Jalili
Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 09:05 AM

TEHRAN, SANA –President al-Assad on Sunday received separately at his residence in Tehran Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Secretary of Iran's Supreme Council of National Security Saeed Jalili.

H.Zain/ Ghossoun

http://www.sana.sy/eng/33/2008/08/03/186833.htm

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President al-Assad visits Ayatollah Khamenei
Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 11:15 AM

Tehran, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday paid a visit to the Supreme Leader of Iranian Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Nawal / Ghossoun

http://www.sana.sy/eng/22/2008/08/03/186856.htm

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President al-Assad: Visit to Iran Is Planned Regardless of Visit to France or
Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 11:55 AM

TEHRAN, (SANA)_ President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday the visit to Iran is not to discuss the nuclear file but the file is part of the visit and talks with the Iranian officials, clarifying that the mass media overestimated the description of the visit's objectives.

In a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President Al-Assad added: " The visit to Iran is planned regardless of the visit to France or other, pointing out that he is not an envoy or mediator or carrying messages from any western official to Iran.

The President said that Syria's stance regarding the Iranian nuclear file is based on dialogue.
"Syria's stance is based on the international treaties and dialogue as the only road for finding solution to this issue".


H.Zain/ Ghossoun

http://www.sana.sy/eng/22/2008/08/03/186861.htm

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President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian counterpart complete talks
Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 02:05 PM

TEHRAN, Aug. 3 (SANA) - President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday held final meeting to complete their talks started yesterday. Members of the Syrian and Iranian official delegations attended the meting.

After the meeting, a joint final statement on the visit was issued.

" During this visit, the two sides held talks on bilateral relations as they reviewed the current regional situation and exchanged opinions regarding it where viewpoints of the two sides were in agreement and confirmed the importance of developing and strengthening bilateral relations in all fields," The statement included.

On the issue of the Middle East, Syria and Iran condemned the continued Israeli  policies of occupation, settlement and aggression against our people in the occupied Arab territories.  Iran expressed support to Syria's right to restore the whole occupied territories in the Golan.

The two sides discussed the situation on the Palestinian arena and stressed the necessity to continue the efforts to achieve the national reconciliation as a guarantee for the Palestinian people's right to return and establish an independent state on Palestinian soil with Jerusalem as its capital.

Regarding Iraq, Syria  and Iran stressed the importance of achieving security and stability in Iraq and supporting the political process to achieve national reconciliation among different components of the Iraqi people and exit of the foreign forces from Iraq to safeguard its unity of land and people, sovereignty and independence.

About Lebanon, both sides expressed their satisfaction with the positive developments taking place in Lebanon since the Doha agreement and stressed their support to the march of the Lebanese national accord.

They stressed their support for the Lebanese people's right to resist the repeated Israeli violations against the Lebanese sovereignty and restoration of the remaining occupied territories, urging the international community to put an end to these violations.

Both sides discussed the Iranian nuclear file. They expressed deep conviction that the file must be dealt with in the International Atomic Energy Agency taking into account the recent report of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the emphasis on the peaceful Iranian nuclear program.

The two sides confirmed the need to find a political solution through dialogue in a way that  preserves the inalienable right of Iran to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty NPT and to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, it is necessary to respect the decisions and policies of the treaty members states including Iran regarding the ownership production of nuclear fuel.

Syria and Iran expressed their firm conviction on the necessity to make the Middle East free of Weapons of Mass Destruction, especially nuclear weapons and they drew the attention of the international community for dangers of the Israeli nuclear weapons on the regional and international security and peace. The underlined the need for the concerned international organization to step quick to face this threat.

President al-Assad expressed his thanks and appreciation to President Ahmadinejad for the reception and generous hospitality accorded to him and members of the accompanying delegation. He invited the Iranian President to visit Syria. The Iranian president accepted the invitation.

Ghossoun /

http://www.sana.sy/eng/22/2008/08/03/186876.htm

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Presidents al-Assad and Ahmadinejad's Joint News Conference
Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 02:15 PM

Tehran, (SANA)- Presidents Bashar al-Assad and President  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on Sunday held a joint news conference in which they answered questions fielded by reporters.

President al-Assad, answering a question on the message his Excellency is carrying to the Iran as part of the mediation between the six countries and Iran, said "I noticed a sort of exaggeration with some media after the start of this visit through describing it as a visit by a Western envoy on the Iranian nuclear dossier."

His Excellency added that "I'm not a mediator nor envoy…I didn't carry any message from any Western official…our visit to Iran doesn't come as part of the nuclear dossier, but the nuclear dossier is part of this visit as it's always part of the talks between us and any Iranian official over the past years."

President al-Assad said that "apart from my visit to France and the latest developments in this dossier, it's not different from the previous visits except regarding the latest developments in the issues which we discusses on Lebanon, Palestine and others…but in France we were asked, through the firm friendship and relations between Syria and Iran, to play a role in solving this issue without outlining this role."

His Excellency added that "we had already told the French side directly about our stance which is that any Syrian role is based on the relevant international treaties and on the basis that dialogue as the only way to solve this problem…it's naturally in this case to ask the Iranian officials in this visit about more details."

"we, as I said, are discussing this issue continuously, but wanted to understand the details of the Iranian stance so that we can have an answer to any side in this world which might ask any question or raise visions about the issue of the Iranian dossier. So the issue starts with Iran. This means we didn't start from France…we start from Iran to understand the Iranian point of view, and then we decide if there is a possibility for playing a role or not."

On the Syrian role, President al-Assad said the intention of this role is "to enhance the dialogue and making it constructive away from the political plans and pre-made ideas that exist with some countries in this world…and as I said this role is first based on the international agreements, and subsequently any country in the world has a right, as stated in the final statement, to possess peaceful nuclear energy, including the enrichment….and to depend on dialogue as a right way…it's early to outline this role before we listen to other points of view from the Western side."

For his part, Iranian President Ahmadinejad described the Syrian-Iranian relations as "firm and strong, and always move forward…we always make consultations over bilateral, regional issues and international relations and take decisions together."

President Ahmadinejad added that "we have discussed different regional and international issues…we also discussed in details the bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them. The Lebanese and the Palestinian issues as well as the issues on the Iraqi stage were also discussed.  Our points of view over these issues were really positive and good."  He pointed out to the existence of an important common vision in the two countries' points of view.

The Iranian President stressed that both countries "continue to discuss the issues of common interest for them, particularly under the current circumstances in our region which is witnessing great developments."

On the nuclear issues, the Iranian President said that "we believe that all those who stood against Iran over the past years have now reached a conviction that in this issue there is no other way but to involve into dialogue and consultation."

President Ahmadinejad added that "we're serious about the issue of dialogue, and willing to complete the dialogue on real basis of the law and give way to practical results on the ground…we hope that the other side is serious about the dialogue….we are ready to discuss different issues on the regional and international stages…our intentions are always based on peace and security."

The Iranian President stressed that the "current circumstances are positive and good, and the future will be for the interest of the two Syrian and Iranian peoples and for the interest of all the peoples of the region. All the joint efforts exerted by the two countries will be for the benefit of the peoples of the region."

Ahmad Fathi ZAHRA

http://www.sana.sy/eng/22/2008/08/03/186878.htm

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IR Leader: IRI-Syria achievements at regional,int'l levels remarkable
04:06:06 È.Ù

The Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the current relationship between Iran and Syria is very consolidated and promising.

The IR Leader made the remarks after receiving visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his entourage in Tehran on Sunday.

"Late Hafez al-Assad laid the foundations of strong ties between Iran and Syria that despite various efforts to damage such ties, the friendly relationship between the two countries still continues," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"You have pursued the path of your late father, and the current good ties is the result of treading the same path," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also described the current relations between Iran and Syria as more consolidated than before, adding that Iran and Syria have made remarkable achievements at regional and international levels.

The IR Leader expressed the hope that the current visit of the Syrian president to Tehran as well as the agreements signed between the two sides would help further bolster all out ties between the two sides.

The Syrian president, for his part, said existing ties between Tehran and Damascus are very consolidated and strategic.

"I am very happy to witness the remarkable achievements and success of Islamic resistance in Lebanon and uplifted status of Hamas movement in Palestine and that our enemies are in a weak situation," he said.

He also called his talks with the IRI's President as very promising and fruitful.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present in the meeting.

http://www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=257245&n=12

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Assad briefed on IRI's N-issue
04:11:07 È.Ù

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said on Sunday he was briefed on details of IRI's peaceful nuclear program during his meetings with senior Iranian officials.

The Syrian President made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held prior to his seen off ceremony.

President Assad arrived on a two-day official visit on Saturday heading a high-ranking delegation. He has, so far, conferred with his Iranian counterpart President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

The Syrian President said that in his recent talks with the French officials he had stressed that Iran's nuclear issue with the West "should have been solved through dialogue."

He said he decided to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran to become further informed about the country's peaceful nuclear plan "so that he could comment on the issue if he was specifically questioned by any other parties."

"We are here to hear Tehran's views on the issue and see if we can play any role in this regard" President Assad said stressing tha the would "transfer Iran's stand to the other side as it was made by the Iranian officials."

President Assad reiterated that Damascus was committed to help solve Iran-West nuclear issue based on international agreements.

He stressed that all members of the International Atomic Energy Agency, including Iran, "has the right to possess peaceful nuclear energy and make studies to that effect."

M.H.Z

http://www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=257247

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Last update - 15:20 03/08/2008       
Assad: I could help end dispute over Iran's nuclear program
By Reuters

Syria said on Sunday it was not mediating or bringing a message from the West to Iran over its disputed nuclear plans but could play a role to help defuse the row in future.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made his comments during a two-day trip to Iran that followed a visit to Paris in July when he told French President Nicolas Sarkozy he would use his good ties with Tehran to help resolve the atomic stand-off.

Assad told a joint news conference with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he was "not a mediator and not an envoy and not carrying a message from any Western official".

Assad said Syria's aim was to "first understand the Iranian position and then outline if there is any possibility of playing a role or not."

"It is too early to outline this role before we hear other views from Western parties," he said, adding Syria believed strengthening dialogue was the only solution to the row.

Assad said he had told French officials that Syria's position in the dispute was based on international law and the right of Iran and any country to use peaceful nuclear energy.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian power programme. Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, denies the charge.

Western officials gave Tehran two weeks from July 19 to respond to their offer not to impose more UN sanctions on Iran if it froze any expansion of its nuclear work.

That suggested a deadline of Aug. 2 but Iran, which has repeatedly ruled out curbing its nuclear activities, dismissed the idea of having two weeks to reply.

A joint statement said Syria and Iran discussed a range of regional issues such as the situation in Lebanon and Iraq, as well as other topics like the nuclear dossier.

"For some time now we have said that we are always ready to negotiate, to talk, but the issues that need to be discussed are numerous," Ahmadinejad told the news conference in comments translated by the English-language Press TV.

"We submitted a proposed package to Western countries and they submitted their own package of proposals to us," he said.

Iranian officials have previously said they are awaiting a reply from the six powers -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- to the Iranian ideas

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Syrian President officially seen off
04:14:07 È.Ù

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was officially seen off by his Iranian counterpart President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday at the Presidential premises downtown Tehran.

The two presidents reviewed a guard of honor after listening to the national anthems of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syrian Arab Republic.

This is the third visit to Tehran of President Assad since President Ahmadinejad took office in 2005. During his stay, the Syrian President met with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mouallem and a number of high-ranking officials of the country are accompanying President Assad in his Tehran visit.

The Iranian and Syrian delegations discussed several major issues including expansion of Tehran-Damascus political and economic relations as well as regional developments.

M.H.Z

http://www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=257248

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