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Abkhazia and Syria agreed on economic cooperation

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23.08.2017 15:15
Abkhazia and Syria agreed on economic cooperation
Minister of Economy of Abkhazia Adgur Ardzinba met with Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade of Syria Mohammed Samer Khalil within the framework of the visit of Abkhazian delegation to Syria.

Sukhum. August 23. Apsnypress. Minister of Economy of Abkhazia Adgur Ardzinba at a meeting with  Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade of Syria Mohammed Samer Khalil discussed the prospects for cooperation between Abkhazia and Syria. The official website of the Ministry reported.

 According to the report, the parties also agreed on the possibility of creating trading houses and trade missions of the two countries. Adgur Ardzinba said that in the near future the departments will exchange their opinions on cooperation. "We intend to sign a memorandum of cooperation between the two ministries. For my part, I voiced the possibility of working out mechanisms that would allow duty-free trade between our countries. This will allow us to supply our products to the Syrian market. There is a certain deficit in some positions in the Syrian market, " - Ardzinba explained.

 RA Minister of Economy added that it is possible to supply goods to Syria not only produced in Abkhazia, but also transit goods from the nearby regions of Russia and CIS countries. "We indicated that we have an agreement with the Russian Federation on duty-free trade regime. In this regard, great attention was paid to the prospect of localization of production based on Syrian raw materials in Abkhazia, " - noted the Minister. At the same time, on the issue of logistics, Ardzinba explained that  there is 1,400 nautical miles distance between Sukhum seaport and the main seaport of Syria, Latakia, which the ship with cargo overcomes in 5 days.

 Adgur Ardzinba noted: "The Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade of Syria welcomed us very warmly. We have identified responsible persons who will be engaged in a more detailed study of the program of interaction, " - he concluded.

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