Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plans to pay a state visit to North Korea, according to the state news agency in the north.
It would be the first time that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received a head of state since taking office in 2011.
He has embarked on a wave of diplomatic activity recently, met with the Chinese president in May and is expected to attend a summit with Donald Trump this month.
Syria, an ally of the North, has not commented on the informed plan.
The two countries have been accused of cooperating with chemical weapons. But both nations deny the accusations.
North Korea’s KCNA news agency did not mention any date for the visit.
He quoted Assad saying on Wednesday: “I am going to visit [North Korea] and meet Kim Jong-un.”
According to reports, his comments came when he received the credentials of the North Korean ambassador Mun Jong-nam.
Assad was also quoted as saying he was sure that Mr. Kim would “achieve the final victory and realise the reunification of Korea without fail”.
The North established diplomatic relations with Syria in 1966 and sent troops and weapons during the Arab-Israeli War in October 1973.
A UN report leaked in February accused the North of making 40 shipments to Syria between 2012 and 2017 of materials that include acid-resistant tiles, valves, and pipes that could be used to make chemical weapons.
Assad has been accused of using chemical weapons during the nation’s seven-year civil war, but he denies having such arsenals.
Given that the North indicated earlier this year that it was open to rapprochement with the South, with which it is still technically at war, Mr. Kim has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Moon Jae-in of Korea. South and has launched a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this year.
But it is the meeting in Singapore on June 12 with President Trump the most prominent and most at stake, with the United States demanding the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the North to alleviate paralyzing sanctions.