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DAMASCUS, Syria — Iran’s president met senior Palestinian officers in Damascus and expressed his nation’s assist to them Thursday as Tehran and Syria signed a collection of agreements.

Damascus-based Palestinian official Khaled Abdul-Majid informed The Related Press that the delegation briefed Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi on the scenario within the West Financial institution, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Iran has been a fundamental backer of some Palestinian factions supplying them with weapons and cash.

“The Palestinian leaders thanked Iran for its assist to the resistance and the Palestinian trigger,” Abdul-Majid, who attended the talks, mentioned after the assembly. He added that Raisi confirmed to the Palestinian officers, together with prime leaders from the militant teams Hamas and Islamic Jihad, that Iran will proceed supporting the Palestinians.

Raisi started a two-day go to to Syria throughout which the 2 nations signed a collection of long-term cooperation agreements on oil and different sectors to bolster financial ties between the 2 allies. Raisi held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and visited holy shrines for Shiite Muslims close to the capital Damascus.

Tehran has been a fundamental backer of Assad’s authorities since a 2011 rebellion changed into full-blown civil battle and has performed an instrumental position in turning the tide of the battle in his favor.

Iran has despatched scores of army advisers and hundreds of Iran-backed fighters from across the Center East to Syria to combat on Assad’s aspect. Tehran has additionally been an financial lifeline for Assad, sending gasoline and credit score traces price billions of {dollars}.

Syrian authorities forces have regained management of enormous elements of the nation lately, with the assistance of its two fundamental allies — Russia and Iran.

With Arab governments that after advocated Assad’s downfall now slowly making amends with Damascus, Iran seems to be hoping to reap the rewards for its decades-long assist of the Syrian president with funding and financial alternatives to assist alleviate its personal ailing economic system.

Syrian state media mentioned Raisi and Assad signed agreements and memorandums of understanding associated to a number of sectors, together with oil, agriculture, railways and free commerce zones.

Iran’s state-owned railway firm has lengthy aspired to increase its community by way of neighboring Iraq and Syria, linking it to the Syrian port of Latakia on the Mediterranean Sea to spice up commerce. Syria’s opposition and Tehran critics see this as one other Iran try at rising its political affect.

The offers are vital additionally for Syria, whose economic system has hit an all-time low over the previous decade, with spiraling inflation, a forex plunge and rampant energy cuts.

The final Iranian president to go to Syria was President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2010.

Mroue reported from Beirut.