DAMASCUS, (ST)_ H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad received here Tuesday morning a Russian delegation, chaired by Dmitry Rogozin, the Deputy Premier of the Russian Federation.
The visiting Russian delegation comprises the deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Economic Development, Energy and Agriculture.
Talks during the meeting dealt with the close bilateral historic relations between Syria and Russia in light of the standing coordination in the field of fighting terrorism and the economic and trade fields.
The stances and policies taken by Russia at the international level and as regards the war of terrorism against Syria have indeed proved the natural position of Russia as a great power based on principles, values , commitment to international law and the respect for states' sovereignty and right to self-determination.
President Assad cited the importance of the Russian support for Syria in all fields, particularly in the economic field which concretely contributed to reduce the Syrians' sufferings, caused by the war of terrorism and the for years unjust imposed economic sanction.
Mr. Rogozin underscored that the main goal for the political, economic and military assistance provided by the Russian Federation to Syria, government and people, is but to bolster the steadfastness factors against terrorism, which perpetrates heinous crimes against Syrians where the dangers of such terrorism extended to many worldwide spots.
Both sides agreed as to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, trade exchange, investment, oil, gas and transport.
The Russian visiting delegation met with the Syrian Premier, Engineer Imad Khami, and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Minister of Finance, Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, State Planning and International Cooperation Commission Chairman, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, and in attendance of the Russian Ambassador to Syria.
Engineer Khamis voiced appreciations and gratitude to Russia, Government and people, for their support and stance by the Syrians, stressing that the Syrian Government is working on a two-fold level: to support Armed Forces to defeat terrorism and encounter its consequences, and to encounter the economic reality inflicted by the war of terrorism.
Premier Khamis asserted that the Syrian Government is keen on bolstering economic relations with Russia upgrading them to the level of the standing political relations and would spare no efforts as to bolster this cooperation.
Mr. Rogozin underlined that the aim behind the visit is not only to discuss economic, trade, scientific cooperation, but is further to hold complementary talks regarding all fields.
Mr. Rogozin pointed out that the success of the military operation in Syria necessitates the support for economic life conditions as to persist in work and achieve victory.
Three protocols for Customs , information and assistance exchange were signed in their initial letters.
The Deputy Premier and the Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minster, Mr. Walid Al-Moallem, underscored the pivotal role of the Russian support as to enable Syria to encounter the terrorist war imposed on it.
Minster Al-Moallem pointed out that the war of terrorism imposed on Syrians caused the dire need for wheats and fuel as alleviate their sufferings.
Minister Al-Moallem declared that the priority will be accorded to the friends, among them the Russians, when it comes to rebuilding projects, citing the importance for increasing bilateral trade exchange volume and for enabling the Syrian goods in the Russian markets as to achieve an economic bilateral strategic partnership.
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim