Iranian Official Urges Full Free Trade with Syria

TEHRAN– An Iranian business official called for efforts to make the most out of a free trade agreement with Syria, voicing Iran’s readiness to satisfy the Arab country’s trade needs.

In a meeting with Syria’s Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Samer al-Khalil in Damascus on Thursday, deputy head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), Hossein Selahvarzi, called on the Syrian minister to assign a special envoy to arrange for the “thorough and full implementation of a free trade agreement” between the two countries, according to Tasnim news agency.

 Selahvarzi also pledged that ICCIMA would do its utmost to satisfy Syria’s demands if the Damascus government lists its urgent needs and determines the construction or reconstruction projects that require assistance from Iran.

For his part, Khalil expressed the hope that ICCIMA’s experience would contribute to stronger economic cooperation between Iran and Syria and strengthen interaction between the private sectors of the two countries.

He also unveiled plans for a visit to Iran with a big business delegation.

Iran is among the 43 countries that have attended the 59th edition of Damascus International Fair, which kicked off on Thursday after a 5-year hiatus.

The agency reported that Iran has the highest number of companies in the event, with 30 firms in a pavilion with an area of more than 1,000 square meters.