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Syria's cabinet meets on economic situation

(Xinhua)

08:25, February 01, 2012

DAMASCUS, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) - The Syrian cabinet met on Tuesday to discuss the economic woes resulted from the ten-month-old crisis, the state-run SANA news agency reported.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Adel Safar and focused on the mounting foreign pressure and its impact on the Syrian economy.

In a statement after the meeting, Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud said the cabinet affirmed the government's commitment to providing goods and services and reducing the burdens caused by the unrest.

He added that the cabinet instructed authorities to take steps to control the markets and prices, support local industries, increase production and ensure basic goods, facilities and infrastructure.

The minister said the government is working on the issues related to people's everyday needs and has instructed the economy ministry to prevent businesses from taking advantage of the crisis for personal gains.

He added that the government will oversee the transportation of goods to areas where terrorists are active, particularly the Damascus suburbs, where terrorists have attacked transport, electricity grids, communication networks and public utilities.

Mahmoud pointed out that after the arrest of some terrorists, things have improved in these areas and authorities have been working to restore the public services.

He also said the foreign pressure is part of the psychological warfare waged on Syria to beat the Syrians' morale.

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