Syria President Assad visits Iran for meetings in rare trip

TEHRAN, Iran — Syrian President Bashar Assad is in Tehran meeting Iranian leaders, Iranian state-linked media reports, marking his second trip to Tehran since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011.

Nour News, close to Iran’s security apparatus, says in the Sunday report that Assad met Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi earlier in the day. It says Assad later left Tehran for Damascus, Syria.

It says details of the meetings will be published later.

This is the first visit by Assad in more than two years. His earlier visit was in February 2019.

Iran is a key regional supporter of Assad in the the Arab nation civil war that erupted in 2011.

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