Thursday, May 30, 2024

Syria’s Assad calls for further strengthening of economic ties with Iran

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has stressed the need for further promoting economic cooperation with Tehran, as he hosted Iran’s Minister of Road and Urban Development Mehrdad Bazrpash and his accompanying delegation in the capital Damascus.

President Assad and the Iranian minister discussed “the new aspects of economic cooperation” between the two countries and means to develop relations in trade, investment and energy fields, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.

“Translating depth of the political relation between Syria and Iran into a similar status in the economic domain is an essential issue, as governments in both countries have to seek best means to increase their growth,” SANA quoted the Syrian president as saying.

The Iranian minister, on his part, delivered a message from President Ebrahim Raisi that voiced support for further expansion of economic relations between the two countries.

Bazrpash also spoke about a number of economic fields, including investment, electricity and energy, which Iranian-Syrian specialized committees will begin working on.

Iran and Syria have maintained strong political relations over the past years, as Tehran has supported Damascus in its war against foreign-backed militancy that broke out in the Arab country back in 2011.

Iran has also voiced strong support for the reconstruction efforts that the Syrian government has taken over the past couple of years following its military achievements to defeat militant and terrorist groups, and drive them out of regions across Syria.

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