Note: this statement of 13 August 2001 was originally carried on the website of the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) at:
With the reorganisation of that website, the report disappeared. A reproduced version was added to the CASI website on 27 November 2001.

Syrian-Iraqi Talks concluded

Baghdad, 13-8-2001

Syria condemned Monday the continued sanctions and aggressions against Iraq and voiced full support for lifting the unjust sanctions ending the continued aggressions against Iraq and against the Iraqi civilians.

At the end of the Syrian-Iraqi talks here today chaired by Syrian Premier, Dr. Mohammad Mostafa Miro, and the Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan, both sides reiterated full support to the ongoing Palestinian intifada as to liberate the occupied territories and establish the waiting for Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.

Iraq, in turn, voiced full support for the Syrian struggle as to liberate the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and unequivocal support for the Syrian and Lebanese stances in the face of the Israeli threats and provocation.

Iraq supported the Lebanese rejection of the Israeli threats and demands for the Israeli withdrawal from Chebaa Farms and for the release of its prisoners.

Several agreements were signed at the end of the meetings including those for health and medicine cooperation, memorandum of understanding between the foreign ministries of both countries, executive program for transport and communication, an agreement on the bylaw of a naval transport company and land transport company, and an agreement for industrial cooperation.

Syrian Premier, Mohammad Mostafa Miro blasted here today the Israeli anti-peace and aggressive policy against Palestinians asserting that Syria, however, '' remains sincere to her national principles in working for the realization of just and comprehensive peace on the basis of related UN resolutions 242 and 338.

In a word at the start of the Syrian-Iraqi Higher Committee meetings, Miro noted that the Syrian Iraqi relations are being boosted at the directives of President Bashar Assad and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq as to promote the basics of Arab solidarity, common market and economic integration.

For his part, Taha Yassin Ramadan, the Iraqi Vice-president reiterated Iraq's support for Syria against threats and aggressions thanking Syria's efforts in the international fora as to get the unjust sanctions imposed on Iraq lifted Premier Miro arrived in Baghdad in an official visit to chair the meetings of the Higher Syrian-Iraqi joint Committee.

Premier Miro toured Sunday scores of Iraqi economic installations and facilities near Baghdad and abroad including several industrial factories at Al-Taji City, Electric Industry Company. A meeting between businessmen delegations in both countries were also held.

In arrival statements yesterday, Miro reiterated condemnation and rejection of the unjust sanctions imposed on Iraq asserting Syria's position to the sanctions.

Miro noted that the meetings and talks held during the visit would focus at economic, industrial, agricultural, investment and service cooperation between Syria and Iraq.

Miro chairs a high ranking Syrian delegation comprising Deputy Premier Mohammad Naji Attri, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Al-Imadi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Naser Qaddour, Minister of Construction Mohamad Nihad Moshantit, Minister of Industry Ahmad Hamou, and a delegation of businessmen. Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan received the Syrian delegation at the airport.

Miro was later on received by Iraqi President where president Bashar Assad's regards to Saddam Hussein were conveyed and reciprocated. The meeting touched upon the deliberations of the Syrian-Iraqi Committee as well as on developments in the region.

Miro earlier met with Vice-president Ramadan on issues bilateral relations cementing as well as on the agenda of the joint higher committee.


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