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Syrian-Iranian Talks to Enhance Industrial and Commercial Cooperation

Tehran - The head of the Damascus Chamber of Industry, Dr. Samer Al-Debs, and the Iranian Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance, Dr. Mir Ashrafi, discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the private sector in Syria and Iran in industrial and commercial fields.

During the talks, Mr. al -Debs said: "We seek to upgrade the economic relations to the level of political relations, pointing to the existence of many fields for mutual cooperation in the transport of goods and increasing the volume of trade exchange, stressing the importance of enhancing cooperation in the industrial and commercial fields to facilitate the flow of goods to both countries."

He pointed to the importance of joint investments in the industrial sector and cooperation between the two countries in the field of remittances to face the unjustified unilateral coercive economic measures facing both countries.

He indicated to the importance of reducing the indicative prices on Syrian goods and allowing all goods to enter the Iranian market and speed up the release of Syrian goods upon arrival at Iranian ports or airports.

"We discussed how to facilitate the flow of Syrian exports to Iran and Iranian exports to Syria. We have to upgrade the size of the economic relationship between the two countries," Mr. Al Debs said.

For his part, the head of the Syrian-Iranian Economic Relations Development Committee, Danny Farr, confirmed the full readiness to cooperate with the Syrian side to facilitate the flow of goods to the two countries, proposing to establish a workshop between the customs of Syria and Iran and focus attention on the problems of traders, industrialists, export and import.,

Dr. Ashrafi also proposed the formation of a customs union between Iran, Iraq and Syria to enhance the volume of trade exchange between the three countries and to enhance the process of shipping goods better and thus rapid and easy transport of goods through those countries.

The two sides agreed to appoint a liaison officer between the two sides to resolve and follow up all the problems related to customs, including lowering the indicative prices on Syrian goods and allowing Syrian goods to enter Iranian markets.

Mr. Al -Debs and the accompanying delegation also discussed with Iranian Deputy Minister of Industry, Rashad Muqaimi ways of developing bilateral cooperation between the two countries, in which the private and government sectors are involved. He stressed the importance of cooperation between Syria and Iran, especially in the current circumstances, especially the two countries face the same pressures, difficulties and obstacles.

He said that Iran has advanced industries and could benefit from the Syrian industry. The Syrian and Iranian sides agreed that Mr. Fahd Darwish, Chairman of the Committee of Investors in Free Zones, would be responsible for the flow of Syrian goods to Iran in accordance with Iranian standards and measures.

For his part, MR. Al -Debs stressed the need to carry out work on the ground through the formation of joint committees between the parties to facilitate the work of the Syrian-Iranian industry and the establishment of joint companies in all industries common between the two countries.

The head of the Damascus and Damascus Countryside Chamber of Industry and the accompanying delegation also discussed with the head of Standards and Measures Organization, Nierra Peroz, ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides.

"The standards organization has its own specificity and importance in Iran, referring to the importance of cooperation with the Syrian side in forming joint committees," said Peroz Bakht. 

During the talks, the Syrian ambassador in Tehran clarified that the visit of the head of the Damascus Chamber of Industry and its accompanying delegation reflects the importance of cooperation with the Iranian side and affirmed the unlimited support of the Syrian government to build the industrial partnership and improve economic integration, adding that this meeting will contribute to removing obstacles to partnership between the two countries.


Sh. Kh.