Syria’s Assad Visits Tehran, Looking to Cement Ties

TEHRAN, Iran—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sought to boost economic ties with Iran as he met the country’s leaders on Monday, his first public visit to a regional ally that has helped him reassert control over Syria after eight years of war.

Iran “stood beside us [in the war] and it is necessary to congratulate you and all the Iranians for the current success,” Mr. Assad told Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to Iranian state media.

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