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Syrian President Starts Visit To Azerbaijan

The Syrian president arrives in Baku
The Syrian president arrives in Baku
BAKU (RFE/RL) -- Syrian President Bashir al-Assad arrived in Baku on July 8, starting a two-day official visit to Azerbaijan.

Ahead of Assad's arrival, Syrian media reported the visit aims to further political and economic ties between the two countries.

Azerbaijani political analysts told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service that Assad's visit, one week after Israel's president was in Azerbaijan, is intended to demonstrate Baku's balanced foreign policy.