Iran’s new envoy to Damascus has finally arrived in the Syrian capital months after the previous ambassador left the war-torn country at the end of his 5-year mission.
Javad Torkabadi, the new Iranian ambassador to Syria, arrived in Damascus on Wednesday, according to a Farsi report by Fars News.
The empty position of Iranian ambassador to Syria had been hotly debated by the opponents of Iran’s government, especially when a critical situation necessitated a more resolute Iranian embassy in Damascus.
However, a couple of months ago, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif obtained President Rouhani’s consent to appoint Torkabadi as the new envoy to Damascus in a move to address such concerns.
Torkabadi served as Iran’s ambassador to Sudan (2010-14); he has also been Iran’s ambassador to Bahrain and Nigeria, and was for a time Iran’s chargé d’affaires in Kuwait. Back in Foreign Ministry, Torkabadi chaired the First Office of North and West Africa.
Iran’s embassy in Damascus had been run by a chargé d’affaires after Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani left the position. He had begun service as part of a 5-year mission that ended in October 2016.