Iran’s new envoy meets with Syria’s Assad

MNA – Iran’s new Ambassador to Damascus Javad Torkabadi met with Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Tuesday to present his letter of credence signed by President Rouhani of Iran.

On delivering his credentials, Mr. Torkabadi highlighted the historical ties and strategic cooperation between the countries and reaffirmed the determination and the readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to broaden and deepen bilateral cooperation in all areas.

He voiced hope that during his service in Damascus, the relations between the two countries develop based on common interests. “The officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran want a full implementation of all potentials to bolster the resistance axis, to win over the plots of the arrogant states, and to defeat the enemies of Syria,” reassured the Iranian diplomat.

The Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomed the new Iranian ambassador and in addition to wishing success for Mr. Torkabadi, underlined the necessity of bilateral cooperation and exchange of views between Iran and Syria. Mr. Assad also extended gratitude for Iran’s all-out supports to Syria.

Torkabadi, who is replacing Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani, arrived in Damascus on last Tuesday night, and was welcomed by the Iranian and Syrian officials, including Syrian Social Affairs Minister Rima al-Qadiri.

Torkabadi served as Iran’s ambassador to Sudan (2010-14); he has also been Iran’s ambassador to Bahrain and Nigeria, and has also served as Iran’s chargé d’affaires in Kuwait. Back in Foreign Ministry, Torkabadi chaired the First Office of North and West Africa.