Iran, Syria to Boost Maritime Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- The fourth meeting of the Iran-Syria Maritime Transport Commission will be held in Damascus on December 23, the Iranian economic counselor in Syria, Seyed Mortaza Mortazavi, announced on Sunday.

Deputy Road and Transportation Minister Ali Taheri and his Syrian counterpart will co-chair the two-day meeting, Tehran Times quoted him as telling the Iranian tv in Damascus.

Taheri is also director of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization.

The members will discuss the ways to develop cooperation in shipping and ports construction, Mortazavi said.

The commission holds biannual meetings rotationally in Tehran and Damascus.

In the current Iranian calendar year (to end on March 20) Iran and Syria have signed agreements in various fields such as banking, insurance, telecommunications, and house construction.

Iran’s Minister of Industries and Mines Ali-Akbar Mehrabian, in his return from Syria on September 14, 2007, marked Iran-Syria relations as “strategic.”

He also said that the sides currently cooperate in 16 projects valued at some one billion dollars, predicting the figure will reach 10 billion dollars by 2012. On December 12, 2007, Iran inaugurated a cement factory and automobile manufacturing plant in Syria.

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