Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the complementary role the Iranian and Syrian nations play has established the best type of brotherly ties between the two countries beyond cordial relations or common interests. According to a report released by the Presidential Press Office, Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Utri in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad Friday night.
During the meeting, the Iranian president pointed to the successful meeting of the two countries’ joint cooperation commission, and said that Iran and Syria benefit from each other’s achievements in different areas.
He voiced pleasure in the increasing cooperation of Tehran and Damascus in technical and industrial areas.
Ahmadinejad also reiterated that boosting of cooperation with Syria in all grounds, including industries, agriculture, science and technology, health and treatment and energy sets a definite policy for the Islamic Republic.
He said the launch of operation of the assembly line of the Iranian passenger car ‘Samand’ in Syria illustrates further progress and advancement in the two countries’ ties, and continued, “Although Iran-Syria political relations stand at the best levels, there is still room for further boost of the two countries’ economic ties and trade exchanges.”
The president said that the abundant potentials existing on both sides could lay the required ground for the expansion of the two states’ economic and trade ties in case they are seriously followed up by the Iranian and Syrian officials.
He also viewed introduction of the two countries’ trade and economic potentials by the two sides’ chambers of commerce and ministries of commerce as an effective measure in the deepening of bilateral economic relations.
Ahmadinejad further expressed the hope that with the speedy completion of developmental projects in Syria, including the cement production factory and power plant, an appropriate paradigm of friendly ties in economic and trade areas could be presented to Muslim states.
He also noted the influential and significant role of Iran and Syria in regional developments, specially in the world of Islam, and reminding the two countries’ common enemies, he called for the further deepening of the two states’ relations in a bid to establish full coordination in confronting enemies’ plots.
For his part, Syrian prime minister briefed the Iranian president about the agreements concluded and contracts signed in the 9th meeting of the two countries’ high commission for cooperation, and viewed the results of the meeting as much fruitful and successful.
He said that both states are striving to introduce a leap in their ties in an effort to accelerate the trend of mutual development.
Muhammad Naji al-Utri voiced his country’s enthusiasm for using Iran’s unique experiences in the different spheres, and said that during his visit to Iran, the two sides have explored new avenues for bolstering cooperation.
He expressed hope that with the inauguration of the Iranian auto-manufacturing factory in Syria, which, he said, has received a wide welcome from the public in that country, and the start of operation of other developmental plans, including the cement production factor, the power plant and the irrigation network in Syria, the effects of Tehran-Damascus consolidated ties would grow more evident.
The Syrian premier also pointed to an oil refinery which will be constructed in his country through tripartite participation of Iran, Venezuela and Syria as well as export of Iran’s gas to Syria, cooperation in health and treatment grounds, training of Syrian human forces and establishment of new power plants in his country as among the new areas of economic cooperation between Tehran and Damascus.
He voiced pleasure in his visit to the holy city of Mashhad, in northeastern Iran, and praised the courage and follow-ups by the Iranian president in defending Iranians’ national right to access and use of civilian nuclear technology.
“You are a prominent character in the international arena known as a combatant individual who defends the inalienable rights of his nation,” Naji al-Utri underlined.
He also stressed Syria’s approval of Iran’s indisputable and inalienable right to use nuclear technology, and said Damascus wishes victory and success for the Iranian nation and government.