Syrian Prime Minister Naji Otari arrived here Wednesday for talks with his government's old ally Iran, two nations that appear to be beleaguered internationally.
Iran is facing U.N. Security Council pressure over its nuclear program and Syria has been isolated over its role in Lebanon and its support for Lebanese and Palestinian militant groups.
State television reported Otari was received by Iranian Vice President Parviz Davoodi, who last week visited Syria to inaugurate a joint car factory.
Iran and Syria signed a defense agreement Sunday when Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was in Damascus. Details of the agreement were not released.
Syria and Iran both support Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group, which Washington labels a terrorist organization. Washington accuses both countries of fueling violence in Iraq a charge they both deny.
On Saturday, envoys from Syria and Iran joined Western countries, including the United States, at a Baghdad conference aimed at stabilizing Iraq. Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa has said his government's dialogue with Washington got off to a positive start and he hoped it would continue.
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations