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Iran, Syria sign defence, reconstruction deal

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    Agence France-Presse

Tehran, Iran | Mon, August 27, 2018 | 02:42 pm
Iran, Syria sign defence, reconstruction deal Syrians gather at a site of car bomb in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on August 2, 2018. Idlib is the last of four (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

The defence ministers of Iran and Syria have signed an agreement on military cooperation and reconstruction in the war-torn country, Iranian media reported on Monday. 

"Syria is passing through the crisis stage and entering the reconstruction phase," said Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami, according to the Tasnim news agency. 

Hatami is on the second day of a two-day visit to Damascus, during which he held "detailed negotiations" with his counterpart Ali Abdullah Ayoub and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Tasnim.

The "defence and technical agreement" provides for the continued "presence and participation" of Iran in Syria, Hatami added.

Tehran has provided steady political, financial, and military backing to Assad as he has fought back a seven-year uprising.

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