He stepped off the plane, walked casually into Damascus Airport as if nothing unusual was happening.
But Syrian police were convinced they had a very special visitor – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad. They took him into their care and into the VIP area.
He had just arrived from Tehran, and occasionally makes secret visits to parts of his own country, according to the Guardian. So why not to Syria as well?
When his fellow passengers heard that they had been on the same plane as their President, they rushed to see. But they quickly pointed out that he wasn’t Ahmedinijad and the police let him make his own way out of the airport.