Minister: Iran, Syria Determined to Broaden Economic Relations
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Roads and Transportation Minister Rostam Qassemi said that after the devastating war in Syria, Tehran and Damascus are now determined to further expand economic ties and cooperation.
With the war almost over in Syria, Tehran and Damascus are determined to reach real trade agreements and expand their economic relations, Qassemi said upon arrival in Damascus at the head of a high-ranking economic and trade delegation.
He was welcomed by Syria’s Economy and Trade Minister Mohammad Samer al-Khalil at Damascus International Airport.
“The end of the war in Syria is the beginning of a new era of economic relations between the two countries, specially given that Iran and Syria have been beside one another throughout the era of fighting international terrorism,” Qassemi said.
During his three-day visit, the Iranian minister is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the country’s prime minister and ministers of economy and trade, transport, social affairs and labor, and housing and construction.
The Syrian industry, construction, and infrastructure will be the main focus of the bilateral talks.
Khalil, for his part, hailed the inseparable ties between the two nations and expressed gratitude for the sacrifices made by the zealous Iranian youth on his country’s soil.
“In Syria, we want extensive cooperation with Iran,” the Syrian minister stated.
“We hope that the meetings of Mr. Qassemi and his accompanying delegation with the Syrian officials will lead to agreements aimed at reaching economic and trade partnerships between the two sides,” he added.
Managers of several Iranian companies in a meeting with Syrian Minister of Transport Zuhair Khazim last month had explored avenues for increasing cooperation between the two countries in air and transportation amid sanctions against Syria.
Such cooperation is important for foiling the sanctions, Khazim said during the meeting in Damascus.
He also called for setting a framework for the expansion of Damascus-Tehran relations in land and air transportation.