Syrian president calls for establishing regional economic bloc

19:49, April 29, 2010      

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday called for establishing a regional economic bloc to achieve prosperity and realize security and stability in the Middle East.

He made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, the Syrian official SANA news agency reported.

The Syria president said the economic bloc will include all countries in the region, according to the report, without giving any further details about the economic bloc proposal.

During their meeting, the two sides reviewed the rapidly developing bilateral relations, particularly in the economic and political domains in addition to the agenda of the 12th Session of the Syrian-Iranian Higher Joint Committee, the report said.

The two leaders also voiced their mutual desire of consolidating cooperation between Damascus and Tehran, increasing trade exchange and removing all obstacles that hinder the bilateral economic cooperation.

Rahimi expressed appreciation of Syria's stance in support of Iran's rights to possess nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, SANA said.

Rashimi arrived in Damascus on Thursday on the invitation of Syrian Prime Minister Naji Otri to co-chair the session of the Syrian-Iranian Higher Joint Committee, which kicked off in Damascus on Wednesday.

The year 2009 witnessed a number of mutual visits between high- level Syrian and Iranian officials within the framework of boosting the bilateral corporation.

The commercial exchange between Syria and Iran reached 240 million U.S. dollars yearly, according official statistics.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Damascus in February, during which the two counties signed a agreement on annulling entry visas between Syria and Iran.



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