Telegraf (Belarus) | 27.07.2010
Syria Intends to Join Free Trade Zone of the Customs Union
Syrian President expressed his interest in joining the Free Trade Zone within the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. It was declared by the head of Syrian State, Bashar Assad, in Minsk on July 26, at a meeting with Belarus’ Prime Minister, Sergei Sidorsky.
According to the president of Syria, the question of his country’s joining free trade zone between Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan is the main topic, supposed to be discussed by the two countries’ presidents during this meeting. "We want to find support from Belarus in this issue", Bashar Assad said.
"It would help to strengthen and expand Syria’s trade and economic relations as with Belarus so and with the Customs Union in whole", the president of Syria noted. Furthermore, he said that such kind of partnership will help Belarus and Syria enter the markets of other countries, BelTA informs.
In his turn, Prime Minister of Belarus said that for Minsk Damascus was "a reliable friend and partner in the Middle East". The countries have already developed considerable legal framework, and current visit of the Syrian delegation will allow to expand it, Sergei Sidorsky assures.
The head of Belarusian government also noted that each meeting of delegations of the two countries was an impetus for further development of trade and economic cooperation, search for new approaches to simplify trade and economic relations and increase trade turnover.