Syrian President Bashar Assad received a letter Saturday from his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concerning the latest developments in Lebanon and the region, Syria's official news agency reported.
Iran's deputy foreign minister, Mahammad Rida Baqeri, was visiting Syria and delivered the letter, SANA reported. Its contents were not disclosed.
Baqeri also held talks with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa about the "repercussions of the latest Israeli aggression in Lebanon," SANA said. "The (two politicians') views were identical over the importance of maintaining coordination and consultation between Syria and Iran to bring about stability in the region," it reported.
A reporter for the Iranian news agency IRNA in Damascus reported that during the meeting between Assad and Baqeri, the Iranian official briefed the Syrian president on the latest developments in his country's nuclear program, and on Iran's response to the UN's "carrot and stick" proposal, which was delivered earlier in the week.
The meeting was held at the Syrian presidential palace in the presence of the Iranian ambassador to Damascus, Mohammad Hassan Akhtari. It was earlier reported that the Iranian delegation had visited in Egypt and delivered a letter from Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, addressed to his Cairo counterpart, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. The contents of the letter have not been disclosed as well.