The announcement about the meeting comes a few days before US President Donald Trump’s highly-anticipated summit with the North Korean leader.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is planning to visit North Korea and meet with the pariah state’s leader, Kim Jong-un, CNN reported Sunday morning. Citing Pyongyang state media, the American news agency said that no specific date has been set for the meeting and that Syria has yet to confirm the report.

Ahead of the meeting, Assad received credentials from North Korea’s ambassador to his country, Mun Jong Nam.

The announcement about the upcoming North Korea-Syria meeting comes days before US President Donald Trump is set to meet Kim in Singapore for an important summit. About two weeks ago, Trump said that he had decided to cancel the meeting, citing North Korea’s “open hostility” toward Washington.

However, a few days later, the American leader reversed his decision, saying that the Singapore summit is back on and that he believes it will be successful. Trump changed his mind regarding the summit following a meeting held in the White House with North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol, who is the former intelligence chief and a top nuclear arms negotiator, and also the first North Korean to set foot in the White House since 2000.

Even though expectations are high for the Singapore summit, speaking with reporters, Trump belittled the anticipated political outcome and stated that the North Korean matter will not be solved in just one meeting. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we walked out and everything was settled all of a sudden from sitting down for a couple of hours?” Trump said. “No, I don’t see that happening. But I see over a period of time. And frankly, I said, ‘Take your time.’”