Tehran, Damascus to enhance cooperation on free zones

Cooperation between the free trade and special economic zones of Iran and Syria will be expanded, announced Hojatollah Abdolmaleki, the secretary of Iran’s Free Zones High Council.

“Regarding the cooperation of the free zones, technical and specialized arrangements between the two countries has already been carried out and the agreements are nearing finalization,” Abdolmaleki said on Wednesday in a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Shafiq Dayoub, IRNA reported.

According to Abdolmaleki, Iran is currently focused on the expansion of cooperation with Syria’s Hassia Free Zone and the two sides are working together to implement a signed memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The Syrian ambassador welcomed the idea of signing MoUs with Iranian free zones and said: “The officials of the two countries are unanimous in this regard.”

In December 2022, Dayoub said his country is determined for the expansion of economic cooperation with Iran.

“The Syrian government is ready and determined to strengthen bilateral relations in all areas,” the envoy said in a meeting with Mohammad Hosseini, the Iranian vice president for parliamentary affairs.