Armenian premier, Syrian trade minister discuss cooperation

Armenian premier, Syrian trade minister discuss cooperation

Noyan Tapan news agency
5 Aug 04


Stimulating multilateral Armenian-Syrian relations plays an important
role in Armenia’s Middle East policy, Armenian Prime Minister Andranik
Markaryan has said at a meeting with a Syrian delegation led by the
trade minister and co-chairman of the Syrian-Armenian intergovernment
economic commission, Ghassan al-Rifa’i. Markaryan added that although
over the period of establishing diplomatic relations the sides have
made efforts to develop trade, economic, scientific and cultural
relations and bring economic relations in line with political
relations, the economic relations between the two countries, however,
could not have been regarded as satisfactory up till now.

Ghassan al-Rifa’i informed Markaryan about the second sitting of the
intergovernment economic commission. He said that a number of
important agreements on healthcare, communications,
telecommunications, tourism etc. had been signed as a result of the
sitting. He spoke about Syria’s plans to establish a special working
group to monitor the fulfilment of these agreements.

Noyan Tapan learnt from the government’s press service that the sides
hoped that the forthcoming visit to Armenia by Syrian Prime Minister
Muhammad Naji al-Itri would give an extra impetus to the development
of the bilateral relations.