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Time ripe for Syria’s reconstruction: Official

Tehran, Deputy head of Iran's Chamber of Cooperatives, said that the elimination of the enemies of Syria was carried out with the help of the Syrian people and the Iran's cooperation and now the time is ripe for reconstruction, with pace and the least time.

In a meeting between the Syrian business delegation and the members of the Iran's Chamber of Cooperatives, Mohammad Ali Zeyqami said, 'The expansion of economic relations between the two countries can be done using the capacity of associations and companies, and governments are also required to provide the necessary facilities.

He added that with Syria's passing through the harsh conditions of the war and the elimination of the enemies, it is time of beginning to strengthen the economic ties between Tehran and Damascus so that to use the capabilities to rebuild Syria.

The deputy head of Iran's Chamber of Cooperatives for International Affairs emphasized the need to increase the level of economic exchanges between Iran and Syria and noted, To achieve this goal, it is necessary to collect accurate information from two countries, and no doubt the exchange of business commerce can be the best way to become familiar with the economic capacities of the two sides.

According to IRNA, in 2010, the volume of Iran's export to Syria was $516 million, which was gradually reduced as a result of the unrest and conflicts in the country due to the activity of the Takfiri terrorist group of ISIS, as Iran's export to Syria fell to $172 million.

According to the statistics of the Organization for Trade Promotion of Iran, Iran exported $63.9 million worth of exports to Syria over the first 9 months of the current Iranian year (will end on March 21) and imports 3.1 million dollars.

In other development, Syrian Charge d'affaires in Iran Ali Seyyed Ahmad said Monday the proposal of tariff reduction to zero for commodity exchanges between Iran and Syria are under examination in the joint economic commissions of the two countries, and Iran and Russia are prioritizing Syria's reconstruction.

He strongly denied the reconstruction of this country with the participation of the countries that fought against Syria.

The Syrian diplomat added, 'The experience of the terrorist war against Syria, which major powers were partner in Syria, has led Syria to have a great economic rebound.'

The Syrian Charge d'affaires in Tehran, arguing that economic cooperation between Iran and Syria is very important, but not desirable, said that there are a number of rational and illogical reasons for the low level of Iran's economic exchanges, and the experience of the war conditions in Syria is a logical reason for the low level of economic exchanges between Iran and Syria.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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