Government endorses zero customs duty on imported Iranian fuel

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The cabinet convened on Tuesday and tackled economic, services and political situation in the country.

Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, urged ministers to closely observe works in all state establishments and to ensure citizens' basic requirements across Syria, highly appreciating the Syrian Arab Army's efforts to hunt down terrorists everyplace in order to re-transport basic needs to all provinces.

He also underscored need for combating corruption in public sector through reactivating the role of ministerial committees.

The ministers reviewed difficulties that face services and economic sectors as a result of armed terrorist groups' acts, noting what has been achieved so far to deal with this matter.  

On the other hand, the cabinet endorsed a bill for exempting fuel, gas and gasoline imported from Iran from all customs duties until June, 30th, 2013.

As for political situation, the PM briefed ministers on results of talks held with different political and social parties to launch comprehensive national dialogue, citing President Bashar al-Assad's directives in this regard.  

Basma Qaddour