Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel met with his Syrian counterpart on the sidelines of the second General Assembly meeting of the Asian Parliaments Assembly (APA) here in Tehran on Tuesday. During the meeting, the Iranian speaker noted the good relations between Tehran and Damascus, and praised the two countries’ common views about such issues as Iraq, Palestine and Tehran’s nuclear case as well as confrontation with the US pressures.
He further voiced pleasure in the developing trend of economic relations between Iran and Syria, and expressed the hope that a trilateral cooperation project between Iran, Syria and Venezuela for the establishment of an oil refinery in Syria would soon yield fruits as a result of efforts made by the parliaments, governments and presidents of the said three states.
For his part, the Syrian parliament speaker viewed the two countries’ political, economic and cultural ties as excellent, and voiced pleasure with the two sides’ high level of economic cooperation in such areas as the establishment of a cement-production plant, auto-manufacturing and irrigation.
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with his deep enthusiasm in Iran, supports expansion of all-out cooperation between the two countries,” he underlined.
The Syrian top legislator further praised Tehran’s efforts for the establishment of the APA, lauding Iran’s progressive stances on the establishment of APA’s permanent secretariat in Tehran, formation of APA’s general assembly and review of the Asian nations’ affairs.