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Iran To Establish First Ever Mediterranean Port On Syrian Coast

• https://www.zerohedge.com by Tyler Durdan

In a breaking exclusive, Asia Times reports that Iran has leased a section of the port of Latakia, on the northwest Syrian coast in close vicinity to the Russian Navy, which will end the Kremlin's exclusive foreign presence on the coastal district. The Asia Times report provides the following details

...from next October the Russians will no longer have the neighborhood to themselves – as Iran has leased parts of the port of Latakia... 

The Syrian move comes in response to an official Iranian request, presented to Damascus last February. Realizing that they were unable to establish a permanent military presence like that of the Russians, or to illegally grab territory like the Turks, the Iranians settled for long-term economic influence in Syria in order to maintain a foothold in a crucial part of the region.

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