ALBAWABA - The latest visit of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad is making much social media news and ballyhoo. But before we get into that, the trip should be put in perspective.
The visit has been covered much by Iran's media naturally. Its Al Assad's second visit to Tehran since 2011 when his country became embroiled in a never-ending civil war that costs hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions.
“Some leaders of countries that are neighbors to us and you, have relations with the leaders of the Zionist regime and drink coffee together," says the Leader of the Islamic Republic Ali #Khamenei in his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-#Assad.#Turkey#Israel#UAE pic.twitter.com/TWjvdUGxR2— Hossein Aghaie, Ph.D (@Haghaie) May 8, 2022
His visit made on Sunday, described as a rare trip since the Syrian president practically never goes anywhere abroad - except to Russia, his strong ally, and recently to the United Arab Emirates - is described as a strategic move.
It was Assad's second visit to Iran since the start of the Syrian civil war 11 years ago. The Islamic republic, along with Russia, were major wartime allies of Syria and have supported the continuation of Assad's rule.https://t.co/t9X6UxOdSl— Radio Farda (@RadioFarda_Eng) May 9, 2022
It cements the already strong relations between the two countries for Assad was accompanied by a full delegation. He was received by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader and the country's president Ebrahim Raisi.
Assad, who was making his second trip to Tehran since the start of Syria’s war in 2011, also met Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during his triphttps://t.co/ZxjtWVcOna— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) May 8, 2022
Two themes dominate his visit from a social media angle and let's face it, its the people who are the news makers these days: One tended to focus on the meeting of the two leaders in different poses to the tune of dominating music with Khamenei meeting Assad and different visiting delegates. In all fairness however, this video was from Khamenei's official website.
The other included "juicy" tidbits. Social media pundits focused on the so-called "slippers" the Ayatollah was wearing when he greeted the Baathist president.
الخامنئي استقبلني اليوم بالشحاطة (الشبشب) .. لولا وجود كاميرات للتصوير لخرج أمامي بالبوكسر pic.twitter.com/0wy0J4DXGU— بشار الاسد (@bashar__asad) May 8, 2022
But why should that be of worry, after all, this is traditional for many gulf leaders? Netizens didn't see it that way and started making fun of the situation and in one long thread decided to go to town in their comments. Supposing the cameras were not there to photo the meet, how would Khamenei have greeted Assad? One uncouth comment was this:
كان بدو يستقبلو بقميص النوم ....— Sam Rayba (@SamRayba) May 9, 2022
All friendly chatter or maybe not!
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