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Iran has stood by its ally Syria despite the growing international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, whileTurkey has been among his fiercest critics demanding he stand down to defuse a 17-month uprising against his rule.

A Turkish foreign ministry official confirmed the visit, during which he said regional issues will be discussed in talks with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

“It is expected that the talks will take up the Syrian issue and the situation of the pilgrims kidnapped inDamascus, as well as bilateral issues,” the Iranian diplomat told Reuters.

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