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Iranian FM meets with Syria’s Assad amid coronavirus pandemic

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with his counterpart Walid Moallem and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as Turkey accuses Syria of breaking the cease-fire in Idlib province.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, wearing face masks as protection against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), meet in Damascus, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on April 20, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE - RC2C8G9VK2MV

Iran’s foreign minister met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today amid a fragile cease-fire in Syria’s embattled northwest and a crippling coronavirus outbreak in his own country. 

In his first meeting since April 2019 with Assad and his Syrian counterpart Walid Moallem, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Damascus to “discuss bilateral relations, regional developments, as well as the latest political developments in Syria's fight against terrorism,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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