Syrian president visits Iran
TEHRAN, July 4 (AFP) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad arrived in the Iranian capital on Sunday for a two-day visit and high-level talks, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Assad, on his third visit to the Islamic republic since taking office in 2000, was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam and Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara.
After being greeted by Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi at Tehran's international airport, Assad was due to meet with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami.
IRNA said only that the talks would cover "bilateral relations, regional issues and Palestine".The Syrian president paid a short visit to Tehran in February 2003 on the eve of the US-led war against Iraq, and had previously been to Tehran in January 2001.
Khatami last visited Syria during a May 2003 tour of Arab states.