Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Damascus on Saturday and meet with Syria's Bashar Assad, according to news sources in Tehran.
According to the reports, the surprise visit will last only a few hours, and is thought to be a response to the start of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The leaders are expected to discuss recent developments in the Middle East and relations between their countries.
Ahmadinejad's last visited Syria in February, when he promised to work towards a new Middle East, "free of Zionists and colonialists."
The Iranian leader is scheduled to visit Lebanon next month, when he will tour the southern parts of the country which were damaged during the Second Lebanon War. Iranian sources said to the UAE newspaper Al-Khaleej that Ahmadinejad will speak at the Binat Jebel soccer field, which saw heavy fighting between IDF troops and Hezbollah militants during the war.
The same sources said the Iranian president would also speak at the place in which Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech in May 2000 after the IDF withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
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