Iran ties with Persian Gulf states important for Syria: al-Assad

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has recently said that Iran’s ties with the Arab states of the Persian Gulf region was as important to Syria as its bilateral relations with Iran, it was reported here on Thursday. The Syrian president made the remarks in an interview with the Omani daily ‘al-Watan’, Syrian press reported today.The interview was published in the daily’s Thursday edition.

Al-Assad stressed that he had repeatedly discussed with the Iranian officials the importance of Tehran’s ties with the Persian Gulf Arab states.

Stressing the significance of Iran’s ties with the member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), al-Assad said that such ties would also serve the interests of Syria.

Stronger relations between Iran and the Persian Gulf Arab states would further reduce possible concerns over the future of the region, al-Assad stressed.

He also advised Arab leaders to inform Iranian officials directly, if they were not satisfied with the policies made by Tehran.

Iranian officials would definitely listen to the Arab leaders’ viewpoints, assured the Syrian president.

He stressed that the government of Iran gives great significance to strengthening of relations with PGCC member states.

The recent visit to Saudi Arabia of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an indicative of the importance given by Tehran to its ties with the Arab states, al-Assad said.

The Iranian president had made his first official visit to Saudi Arabia in early March.

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