Syrian Assad, Greek FM holds talks

Syrian President Bashar Assad met with visiting Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis for talks on bilateral issues and latest political developments in the Middle East, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

Syrian Assad, Greek FM holds talks
Syrian President Bashar Assad met Tuesday with visiting Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis for talks on bilateral issues and latest political developments in the Middle East, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

SANA said that Assad and Bakoyannis discussed the future of bilateral tiess and ways of enhancing these relations on all levels.

On the Palestinian issue, SANA said that Assad ‘stressed the necessity of lifting the siege imposed on the Palestinian people and supporting dialogue among Palestinian factions as the only way to ensure the Palestinian national unity.’

Assad expressed Syria’s support for the ‘political process’ and the necessity to achieve stability and security of Iraq and ensure its territorial unity, SANA said.

The Greek foreign minister stressed Syria’s ‘key role’ in the Middle East and hailed Damascus efforts to take responsibility in hosting refugees, SANA said.

Both Assad and Bakoyannis agreed on the necessity of ‘joint efforts and increasing cooperation among states of the region with the EU to find fair solutions’ for crisis in the Middle East, SANA added.

Bakoyannis is expected to travel to Beirut late Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials and leaders on the current political stalemate in the country.

Bakoyannis also held talks separately with Syrian Vice-President Farouk Al Sharaa, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Dardari.

Dardari briefed Bakoyannis on the economic opportunities in Syria and called on Greek businessmen to make joint ventures in Syria, SANA said.
Last Mod: 13 Haziran 2007, 12:44
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