Syrian-Iraqi Joint Committee discusses in Baghdad enhancing bilateral cooperation

Baghdad, SANA- Activities of the tenth session of the Syrian-Iraqi Joint Committee started in Baghdad on Thursday to discuss means of developing cooperation between the two countries in various domains.

The meeting was co-chaired by Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Samer al-Khalil and Iraqi Minister of Trade Alaa Ahmed al-Jubouri.

During the meeting, al-Jubouri stressed that the historical, geographical, cultural and social ties between the two countries constitute motivating factors for enhancing mutual cooperation, pointing out that the government of his country aspires that the activities of the committee constitute a turning point on the level of the bilateral relations in various domains, particularly the economic, trade, cultural and scientific.

There are large understanding points between the two sides, he said, adding that there are other issues which need consultation and coordination in all domains to serve the interests of the two countries.

For his part, al-Khalil stressed the importance of those meetings in strengthening bilateral relations and developing bilateral economic, trade, artistic, cultural and scientific cooperation in addition to signing new agreements.

In a statement to SANA correspondent in Baghdad, al-Khalil expressed the Syrian government keenness to enhance cooperation with Iraq.

He pointed out that the meeting aims at enhancing communication and cooperation between the two countries in various domains, asserting that the two sides have the will and desire to strengthen mutual cooperation.

In a similar statement, Syria’s Ambassador to Iraq, Sattam Ghadaan al-Dandah said that the agenda of the meeting of the committee includes discussing what have been achieved in the past period, and inking a number memos and protocols in the fields of public works and housing, higher education, health, culture, media, sports and tourism

Minister al-Khalil arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday heading an official delegation to take part in the meetings of the Syrian Iraq joint committee.

Hala Zain

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