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Iranian Foreign Minister In Damascus

September 19, 2012

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has arrived in Syria, where he is due to hold talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem.

Salehi came from Cairo where he met with officials from the so-called "contact group" on Syria -- Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The meeting was also attended by UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Iran is one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's strongest allies.

Tehran is providing support to Syria and has reportedly sent military advisors to the country as Assad's government attempts to put down armed resistance that broke out in Syria in March 2011.

Fighting continued to rage in Syria's largest city of Aleppo on September 19, and Syrian rebel forces reportedly seized control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/iranian-foreign-minister-in-damascus-for-talks/24713156.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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