North Korean news agency reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, potentially becoming the first head of state to meet Kim inside the isolated country.
"I am going to visit the DPRK and meet... Kim Jong Un," al-Assad said, the North's state-run KCNA news agency said.
The announcement came as anticipation mounts for a historic nuclear summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, following a whirlwind round of diplomacy.
"The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political caliber and wise leadership of... Kim Jong Un," al-Assad was cited as saying during a meeting with North Korean Ambassador Mun Jong Nam on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, al-Assad's office refused to comment on the report when contacted by AFP.
Pyongyang and Damascus maintained warm ties for decades and reportedly shared a military relationship for some years, including during the ongoing Syrian war.
Since coming to power in 2011, Kim has not met another head of state in North Korea. He only made his first overseas trip as leader this year, travelling to China to meet President Xi Jinping, an ally of the reclusive regime.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team