Ali-Asghar Khaji, a senior aide to Iranian foreign minister, has met and conferred with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
In a separate meeting in the Syrian capital on Monday, Khaji also met with the country’s deputy foreign minister Ayman Sosan.
Shortly after his meetings, the Iranian Foreign Ministry official told reporters that his visit to Syria was aimed at consultations with the Syrian officials over the latest developments in the region and the ongoing situation in the Arab country.
Khaji noted that an expert level meeting within the so-called Astana peace format for Syria will be held next week in which senior officials from Iran, Turkey, Russia and Syria will seek to find a settlement to disputed issues in Syria.
He added that during his visit to Damascus, he and the Syrian officials sought to coordinate the positions of both sides ahead of the Astana expert talks.
The Syrian deputy foreign minister Sosan, for his part, said after the meeting that deputy foreign ministers of Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russia are also expected to convene on the sidelines of the Astana meeting to discuss efforts aimed at helping Damascus and Ankara resume their diplomatic relations.
Sosan said that Iran and Syria share views on finding a way out of the Syrian crisis and on the establishment of peace and security across the country.