The North Korean news agency, KCNA, on Sunday informed regarding the likely visit of Assad to North Korea.
“I am going to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong Un,” Assad said on May 30 while receiving the credentials of the North Korean Ambassador Jong Nam, according to KCNA.
Pyongyang and Damascus maintain good relations, and United Nations monitors have accused North Korea of cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons, a charge the North denies, according to Reuters.
Both countries have faced international isolation, North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, and Syria over its tactics during a bloody civil war.
Since the beginning of the year, however, North Korea’s Kim has launched a flurry of diplomatic meetings with leaders in China and South Korea, and is scheduled to hold a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.