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Iran’s Foreign Minister Inaugurates New Consulate in Damascus

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Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, recently inaugurated the new Iranian consulate in Damascus, a significant event that followed a deadly strike attributed to Israel that destroyed the previous premises. This action has heightened regional tensions, especially in the context of ongoing conflicts involving Israel and Hamas.

The deadly airstrike on the Iranian embassy’s consular section, which resulted in the deaths of seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members, including two generals, prompted Tehran to vow retaliation against Israel. Both Damascus and Tehran have pointed fingers at Israel for the raid, although Israel has not officially commented on the matter.

The inauguration of the new consular section in Damascus, attended by Amir-Abdollahian and his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad, signifies Iran’s commitment to maintaining its diplomatic presence in the region despite the recent hostilities. The new consulate, located near the site of the previous strike, was inaugurated amidst a backdrop of escalating tensions and concerns about broader regional implications.

Amir-Abdollahian’s visit to Damascus also included meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with discussions primarily focused on the aftermath of the strike and its implications. The Iranian Foreign Minister’s regional tour, which began in Oman, aimed at engaging with key stakeholders and advocating for de-escalation in the region.

The strike on the consulate resulted in casualties, including eight Iranians, five Syrians, a member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, and two civilians. Among the deceased were high-ranking IRGC commanders, highlighting the significant impact of the attack on Iranian personnel.

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