Economic Cooperation with Russian Delegation Discussed

Damascus- A delegation of Russian businessmen, currently visiting Syria, discussed with the Damascus and Damascus countryside Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in two separate meetings, ways to enhance economic and trade cooperation and overcome obstacles.

The delegation of Russian businessmen represents 11 regions in Russia and seeks to establish partnerships with the Syrian side, according to the head of the delegation, Igor Matveev, talked about the existence of possibilities and broad areas of cooperation between the two countries, pointing out that these meetings provide room for the promotion and development of joint trade.

"We are very optimistic about this visit and we are working to invest all opportunities available to enhance and contribute to the consolidation of relations between the two countries," the head of the Russian delegation said.

For his part, the head of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce, Ghassan Al-Qalaa called for the establishment of a commercial banking company to pay the value of goods exchanged between the two countries and find a permanent means to ship goods by sea rather than land lines, stressing the importance of mutual visits between the businessmen of the two countries and the participation of Russian companies in Damascus International Fair.

A number of members of the Board of Directors of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce expressed their readiness to cooperate and develop relations with Russian businessmen in light of the eastward direction in Syria's trade and economic relations, calling on the Russian side to work to reduce the indicative prices of Syrian goods exported to Russia to enable them to compete.

For his part, the Chairman of the Chamber of Industry of Damascus and its Countryside, Samer Al-Dibs, pointed to the need to establish strategic industrial companies between businessmen from both countries and the diversification of economic, trade and investment cooperation.

While a number of members of the Board of Directors of the Chamber called for the development of cooperation, especially in the food industry and to facilitate the entry of Syrian goods to Russia and grant them the necessary exemptions and the creation of branches of Russian companies in Syria.

Sh. Kh.

Premier, MPs for Raqqa Province Discuss Efforts to Improve Service Situation in Areas Liberated from Terrorism

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Prime Minster Imad Khamis on Thursday held a meeting with members of the People's Assembly for Raqqa province and discussed with them the need to join efforts of the local community and the government institutions in order to reconstruct the areas liberated from terrorism in the province, improve the service situation and attain the hoped–for development there, according to the Syrian News Agency SANA.

Discussions between the two sides focused on providing electricity, transport, drinking water , education and health services to the liberated areas.

"Raqqa is a vital reservoir for Syria," the premier said, pointing out that the Syrian state assumes its responsibilities towards restoring services and developing the areas liberated from terrorism in the province.

Security Council's Silence over Israeli Occupation of Golan Encouraged Washington to Give Up Commitment to UNSC Resolution 497

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Al-Jaafari  has stressed that the silence of the Security Council over the continuity of Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan has encouraged Washington to give up commitment to international Resolution No. 497 which considers the Israeli occupation's measures in occupied Syrian Golan as null and void.

In a Security Council session on Thursday, al-Jaafari said that "Israel" continues its occupation of Arab territories and keeps expanding settlements and committing aggressions against Syria with the purpose of raising the moral of terrorist organizations."

"Israel" has recently intended to escalate tension by establishing a new settlement in occupied Syrian Golan named after US President Donald Trump who himself has violated Security Council resolutions though his illegal declaration on Golan in which he recognized "Israel's sovereignty" over occupied Syrian Golan.

Syria Takes Part in Women Political Leaders Summit in Japan

TOKYO, (ST)- Syria took part in the Women Political Leaders Summit held between June 25th and 27th in the Japanese capital Tokyo with the participation of delegations from 70 countries.

 More than 300 women discussed during the summit issues relating to ways of enhancing development in societies, women role as political leaders, means of empowering women in economy and entrepreneurship in addition to women role in consolidating stability in societies , mainly in issues relating to health, economy and communications with other societies.  

The Syrian delegation to the summit comprised People's Assembly (Parliament) members: Ashwaq Abbas, as head of the delegation, in addition to MPs Amira Stivano and Farah Hamshou.

Syrian army units clash with terrorist groups in Idlib countryside

HAMA,(ST)_Syrian army units engaged in fierce fighting against terrorist groups affiliated to al-Nusra Front and the so-called ‘AlEzza battalions’ in the north of Kafer Nboda town in the northern countryside of Hama, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), which confirmed the death of many terrorists in the fighting. 

The terrorists were trying to infiltrate towards military points located in the north of the said town.

Another attack by al-Nusra Front terrorists plus other terror groups was foiled by Syrian army units at al-Qassabeyeh axis in the southern countryside of Idlib.