Syria, Russia boost bilateral cooperation by signing four agreements

08:08, May 12, 2010      

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Syrian and Russian officials signed here on Tuesday four agreements to boost bilateral cooperation, the official SANA news agency reported.

Two agreements on civil aviation and communication technology were signed at the presence of the Syrian top leader Bashar al- Assad and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

The official of the two countries also signed another two agreements at the Syrian Foreign Ministry office including the scientific-technological cooperation and the joint work program for tourist cooperation 2010-2012 between Syria and Russia.

The economic exchange between the two countries quadrupled from 2005 to 2008 to almost two billion U.S. dollars, or 20 percent of Russia's total trade volume with Arab countries.

In a joint press conference held on Tuesday between the two countries, President Assad said that Medvedev's visit is "historic and exceptional", which shows the deepness of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Medvedev's visit comes within a three-day Asian tour Monday to visit Syria and Turkey on the first visit by a Russian head of state to Damascus.



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