TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described his recent visit to Syria and Turkey as a “successful regional trip”, stressing that the Islamic Republic attaches importance to enhanced relations with neighboring countries.

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“Ending a successful regional trip—held important talks on ties & regional developments w/ President Assad, PM & FM of Syria; and with President Erdogan, Speaker of Parliament & FM of Turkey, & other senior officials in both capitals. For Iran, our region is always our priority,” Zarif tweeted on Thursday after wrapping up his two-day visit to Damascus and Ankara.

Heading a ranking diplomatic delegation, Zarif arrived in Turkey on Tuesday night in a tour that took him earlier to Syria.

On Wednesday, the top Iranian diplomat held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

During the meeting, the two sides said that Ankara and Tehran needed to promote cooperation, including in the economic sector, in line with their agreements in the face of US sanctions.

They also exchanged views on the ongoing developments in Syria, Yemen and North Africa.

Earlier in the day, Zarif also held talks and later attended a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, during which Turkey’s top diplomat said his country has told and will continue to tell the United States that the sanctions against Iran are “wrong.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Iranian minister held a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

Assad and Zarif during the meeting emphasized that the hostile policies of the US and certain Arab countries cannot prevent Iran and Syria from defending the rights of their nations.