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Enhancing Economic, Commercial Cooperation between Syria and Iran stressed

DAMASCUS, (ST) – Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi stressed the deep-rooted friendly relations between Syria and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Al-Halqi's  remarks came during his meeting with Hassan Kazemi Qomi adviser to Vice President of Iran in Damascus on Saturday.

Premier al-Halqi stressed the importance of enhancing economic cooperation to the level of the distinguished political relations between Syria and Iran.

"Syria is facing armed terrorist groups backed by the USA and some Arab and regional countries, lauding the achievements of the Syrian army who is clearing the country from the terrorists and restoring security and stability to it,"al-Halqi stressed.

He also hailed the stances of Iran, expressing thanks to Tehran for the efforts exerted to explain the reality of the events in Syria and for holding a national dialogue conference with the aim of solving the crisis in Syria through dialogue and national reconciliation.

During the meeting,both sides discussed the bilateral relations and means to bolster them in all fields, especially in the fields of economy, commerce, power, petroleum, exchanging goods and adopting measures to facilitates the flow of goods to the two countries' markets.

For his part, Kazemi Qomi hailed the steadfastness of Syria in the face of terrorism.

"Syria's steadfastness  has foiled the US- Israeli strategy which aims at undermining Syria and the resistance as well," underscored Qomi,adding that Syria will defeat its enemies and overcome the current crisis.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs, Minister of Local Administration Eng. Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji, Minister of Finance Dr. Mohammad al-Jleilati, Secretary- General of the Prime Ministry Tayseer al-Zoubi, Tehran Ambassador in Syria and the accompanying delegation.


Market of clean products in Swieda

 Every Saturday the Syrian governorate of Sweida witnesses a number of important activities ,including  a special market for clean agricultural products .

Many farmers from all the governorate`s villages exhibit their clean products in the market which hosts the citizens for six hours .

Clean agricultural products are completely natural .The farmers depend only on rain water for irrigation. The products  never come under any kind of chemical fertilizers or hormones .

The veterinarian Dr.othman Hamza, who is participating in the event said that the products are with international standards in the field of natural agriculture ,reiterating that they are clean from insecticides .  They remain fresh and new for many days after harvest.

The market also contains stands for special products that depend on recycling  environmental waste and food`s remainder including fruits peels  and wheat spikes . These products  are clean and cheap due to the abundance of its raw materials .

Another pavilion in the market is also specialized for manual industry including clothes and accessories.

The event is organized by the engineer Rima al –Taqi  and a number of the governorates` specialists in the field of clean agricultural products.

Nahla al -Maaz




Cabinet Approves Agricultural Fund Budget

DAMASCUS (ST)_ Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi reviewed yesterday the government's efforts to help overcome the negative impacts of the current economic situation on the life of the Syrians.

During a Cabinet meeting, Al-Halaqi asserted that the government is working hard to provide the Syrian citizens with their basic needs of food and oil derivatives.

Efforts to keep the (SYP) exchange rate stable and to fund local exports were also discussed.

Ministers of electricity, health and agriculture briefed the cabinet on their development plans for 2013.

Based on a memorandum, submitted by Subhi Al-Abdullah, Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the Cabinet approved the estimated budget of the Agricultural Production Fund and its work plan for 2013.

The Cabinet also decided to form a committee to be tasked with following up cooperation issues between Syria and Iran, and overcoming the administrative obstacles facing this cooperation.


Ibrahim Zaaboub

SP 3,612 Bln Loans Granted By SB

Damascus (ST)- The Saving Bank has announced that the number of granted loans to low income citizens reached at  “12338” loans since early  September to Dec.10th with total value at SP 3 bln, SP 612,103 mln.

"the granted loans widely welcomed by governmental employees in all Bank branches across Syria,"stated the bank.

" the Bank seeks to give loans to all who submitted their applications, but the delay concerning granted loans due to the pressure of various branches especially in Damascus,"concluded the statement.

Nada Haj Khidr

PM inspects youths’ housing projects in Damascus countryside

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister, Dr.Wael al-Halqi, was briefed on the stages of  carrying out a project including 26800 housing units for youths in the new Dimas suburb, in Damascus countryside.

SANA reported on Tuesday that a foundation stone for the housing project’s fifth stage, which would cost SP.20 billion, was laid under the patronage of the Premier.

The 750-housing block project would contain mini-malls, schools, infrastructure, gardens, and further services to meet subscribers 'needs.   

Addressing the projects’ supervisors, called on the Housing General Establishment to deliver the houses to subscribers on time to build trust between the two sides (subscribers and the establishment).

On the other hand, the PM visited another housing project in “Qudsaya” suburb where 515 housing blocks on an area of 240 hectors are to be built.

As many as 1819 housing units plus other services utilities are allocated in this project, according to SANA.

The PM stressed that ensuring suitable houses at acceptable prices for youths comes within the government’s priority.

During his inspection visit to the projects in Dimas and Qudsaya suburbs, said that process of building is going forward despite big challenges that face Syria at all levels.

He stressed that the government is exerting every possible effort to guarantee a good living standards  to the Syrian citizens and provide them with food items and oil derivatives, noting that Syria’s strategic reserves is sufficient.

Dr.Halqi also underlined the necessity of using alternative power in the housing projects.

Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs, Local Administration Minister, Housing Minister, Damascus Country side Governor, Director-General of the Housing General Establishment, and Director-General of Military Housing Establishment accompanied the premier in his inspection visit.

Basma Qaddour