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Iranian and Syrian leaders in show of unity

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in Damascus for talks with Syrian leader Bashar Assad amid rising tensions between Israel and its Arab neighbours.

During a short news briefing ahead of his departure, Ahmadinejad said Iran and Syria had a “common stance” and that the two countries were in a “resistance front” against Israel.

Both leaders have signed an agreement cancelling visa restrictions between their two countries.

Ahmadinejad vowed to cooperate further with Syria and warned the United States to pack up and leave the Middle East and stay out of regional affairs.

The two men then attended prayers together.

The display of unity is a blow to American diplomatic efforts to prize the two apart in an attempt to isolate Iran over fears it is developing a nuclear bomb. A claim Tehran vehemently denies.