Egypt delegation talks Syria with Iranian leaders

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting an Egyptian presidential delegation has discussed the Syrian crisis with the leaders of Iran, the key regional ally of Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

The report said Egyptian presidential adviser for foreign affairs Essam Haddad met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called for a quick settlement of the crisis based on “talk and understanding.”

Another report by the semi-official ISNA news agency said the Egyptian delegation also met Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters. Khamenei has repeatedly voiced support for Assad.

The report said the two sides also discussed bilateral issues.

Egypt, alongside Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are members of a regional panel aimed at bringing an end to Syria’s civil war in a peaceful way.

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