Turk Minister in Syria: 'Let's remove borders'

A Turkey-Syria partnership council protocol was signed in Damascus by Turkish Foreign Trade Minister Kürşad Tüzmen and Syrian Economy and Trade Minister Amir Husni Lutfi.

Turk Minister in Syria: 'Let's remove borders'

A Turkey-Syria partnership council protocol was signed in Damascus on Saturday by Turkish Foreign Trade Minister Kürşad Tüzmen and Syrian Economy and Trade Minister Amir Husni Lutfi.

The protocol foresees many economic initiatives such as the removal of problems faced in the implementation of a free trade agreement between the two countries, reduction of bureaucracy in trade, increase of cooperation in the field of energy, and the launching of talks about a joint free zone. The protocol also adds Syrian agricultural products to the framework of the existing free trade agreement.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Tüzmen said: "Let's remove the borders. A richer Syria is Turkey's wealth and a richer Turkey is Syria's wealth," he said adding that the removal of bureaucracy in trade between the countries was essential.

Tüzmen said the foreign trade volume between Turkey and Syria had increased by 70 percent in the initial months of 2008 over the same period last year and added that the trade relations would increase further in near future.

He added that they had agreed to provide training for Syrian officials on trade in Turkey. Lutfi said they were determined to increase relations with Turkey in every field.

After the signing ceremony, Tüzmen met with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah al-Dardari, Syrian Transportation Minister Yarub Suleiman Badr and Finance Minister Mohammad Hussein. Together they discussed problems between the two countries and the expectations of Turkish firms.

Tüzmen also attended an international furniture fair in Damascus, where he visited Turkish stands.


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Last Mod: 28 Nisan 2008, 14:10
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