1217 GMT May 21, 2022
Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf arrived in Damascus on Tuesday at the head of a high-ranking delegation for talks on economic and trade cooperation between the two allies.
Upon arrival, Qalibaf was welcomed by his Syrian counterpart Hammouda Sabbagh, according to Tasnim News Agency.
During the official visit, Qalibaf is to hold meetings with senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, to discuss political issues and, particularly, the strategic cooperation between the two countries.
The speaker will pursue implementation of the agreements pertaining to Iran’s economic activities in Syria that fulfill the two nations’ interests, discuss the potential for the enhancement of economic collaborations and explore new grounds for the presence of Iranian industries and businessmen in the Arab country.
Earlier, in a meeting with members of Iran-Syria Parliamentary Friendship Group in Damascus, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said his country has gotten rid of the crises and is ready to promote economic and trade cooperation with friendly states, including Iran, in the reconstruction era.
In comments in February, Chairman of Iran-Syria Chamber of Commerce Keyvan Kashefi said Iranian firms are prioritized over others for implementing projects in the reconstruction process of Syria in the post-war era.
In November 2019, Iran and Syria signed an MoU to establish three joint companies to accelerate the reconstruction of the Arab country, which has been stricken by years of foreign-backed war.