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Larijani, Syrian PM Review Regional Developments

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TEHRAN, March 10 (ICANA) – Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and visiting Syrian Premier Mohammed Naji Otri met here on Thursday and exchanged views on the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 7:03:11 PM
Larijani, Syrian PM Review Regional Developments

Larijani said the current developments in the Middle East region should be regarded a suitable opportunity for those resisting the Zionists and their arrogant supporters. He added that the equations of power in the region would change to the benefit of resistance forces.

Strategic cooperation between Iran, Syria, Turkey and Iraq can help create a suitable situation in the region, he said.

Foreign powers seek to misuse the current developments in the region, he said and advised all nations to exercise vigilance to thwart plots of the enemies who seek to dominate the region.

The current crisis in the region has roots in corrupt regimes and their dependency on foreign powers, he said.

Welcoming expansion of relations and cooperation between the two countries, Larijani said that new avenues for expansion of such ties should be explored mainly in economic field.

The Iranian Majlis seek to deepen brotherly ties between the two nations, he said.

The Syrian premier, for his part, expressed satisfaction with his visit to Iran and described his meetings with senior Iranian officials as positive and constructive.

Ties between Iran and Syria are regarded as an exemplary model for others, he said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria have common enemies as both sides are now engaged in struggles with the US and Zionist regime, he said.

Arrogant powers try to take advantage of current developments in their own interests, said the Syrian prime minister.

The US has adopted a double-standard policy in dealing with regional developments but the Resistance Front will be the winner of this struggle, Naji Otri said.

The Syrian prime minister leading a high ranking delegation arrived here Wednesday to attend the 13th Session of Iran-Syria Joint Economic Commission.

Iran-Syria trade stands at 1.6 billion dollars.

Iran's Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Shamseddin Hosseini has announced the planned establishment of a joint Iran-Syria bank.

The bank, named al-Aman, will have a branch inside Iran and work without restrictions, Hosseini said.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Economy and Trade Minister Lamia Assi in Tehran on Tuesday.

Describing the meeting as an occasion to boost ties between the two states, the Iranian minister said the 13th joint commission between Tehran and Damascus will be held soon.

According to an agreement by the joint commission, the joint bank committee would be launched within three months, Hosseini said.

The Iranian official also noted that the building of the bank in Syria has been purchased.

Iran signed a draft agreement on free trade with Syria in August last year in a move to boost the Islamic Republic's economy.

The 23-article document applied to a wide variety of commodities in the fields of industry and agriculture, and is applicable to any product as long as 50 percent of it is produced in either country.

Under the agreement, all existing tariffs would be reduced to four percent within a five-year period, Iranian officials said.

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