Syria, Iraq discuss enhancing economic and trade relations

Baghdad, SANA- Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammad Hashem al-Ani  discussed with Syrian Ambassador in Baghdad Satam Jadaan al-Dandah prospects of developing and enhancing economic and trade cooperation between the two countries in light of the victories achieved by their armies against terrorism.

During the meeting, al-Ani described the relations between the two countries as “historic and rapidly developing, particularly on the social and geographic levels which bind the two brotherly countries.”

He indicated that the trade exchange between Iraq and Syria has reached significant levels as it has been estimated at USD 4 billion over the past years.

The Iraqi minister affirmed that his country exerts relentless efforts to push its relations with Syria forwards and to strengthen trade exchange between the two countries.

He noted that the Iraqi-Syrian Committee for Mutual Cooperation will reactivate its work in light of the agreement of economic cooperation and organizing the trade exchange which was signed between the two countries .

For his part, Ambassador al-Dandah expressed Syria’s desire to bolster trade relations between the two countries through opening the border crossings and increasing the volume of trade exchange, in addition to resolving all the outstanding issues.

Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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