Syrian President Bashar al-Assad promised the de facto foreign minister of Russian-occupied Abkhazia, Inal Ardzinba, that he would “do everything in his power to expand the recognition of the state sovereignty of the Abkhaz republic by the countries of the Arab world,” reports the news agency Apsnypress based on the statement by the media center of the de facto Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia.

“Bashar al-Assad and Inal Ardzinba expressed their support for the special operation carried out by the Russian Federation in Ukraine and condemned the actions of the United States and attempts to start new conflicts in the Middle East, Transcaucasia, and other regions of the world.

The parties condemned Israeli airstrikes on Syrian civilian infrastructure. The Foreign Minister of Abkhazia pointed out the importance of fulfilling the resolutions of the UN Security Council (on the de-occupation of the Golan Heights). They also condemned the collective actions of the West, which led to a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip.

The parties emphasized Russia's efforts to establish a fairer system of international relations and strengthen multipolar trends in the global economy and politics,’’ reads the statement.

President Bashar al-Assad said that "strengthening interaction between Abkhazia and Syria in the field of education, student exchange, and scientific cooperation is important. They discussed attracting foreign investments for the economic development of Abkhazia and Syria.”

Inal Ardzinba introduced to the President of Syria the efforts of Aslan Bzhania, the de-facto president of Abkhazia, to create a favorable investment climate in the country, and noted the growing relevance of joint Abkhazian-Syrian work with Russian and Belarusian investors.

Bashar al-Assad was invited to visit Abkhazia next year.

Syria recognized the independence of Abkhazian and South Ossetian “republics” in May 2018. In addition to Syria, the Russian-occupied statelets have been recognized by the Russian Federation, Nicaragua, Nauru, and Venezuela.

The de facto government of Abkhazia opened an “embassy” in Damascus in October 2020. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemned the opening of the embassy and stated that the fundamental norms and principles of international law are grossly violated.

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