6 Sep 2018 16:44

Russian ambassador in Damascus promises Abkhazia support with opening diplomatic mission in Syria

SUKHUM. Sept 6 (Interfax) - Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak during a meeting with Abkhaz President Raul Khajimba in Damascus said he is ready to assist Abkhazia with opening the republic's embassy in Syria, the Abkhaz leader's press service said on Thursday.

"Alexander Kinshchak said he is ready to help his colleagues from Abkhazia with establishing the work of the future embassy of Abkhazia in Syria," the press service said.

An Abkhaz delegation led by Khajimba arrived in Syria on a working visit on September 4.

The Russian diplomat said "the official visit by the president of Abkhazia was received very positively in Syria."

Khajimba, for his part, said that "an official visit to Syria is a historical event for Abkhazia."

"Abkhazia and Syria are united by old historical ties, the Abkhaz diaspora living in Syria and, no doubt, the fight for the freedom of the country," he said.

A treaty on friendship and cooperation between Syria and Abkhazia was signed on September 4. Syria recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and declared the establishment of diplomatic relations with the republics on May 29.