PM urges turning words to actions, benefiting both Jordan and Syria

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Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh meets with the Syrian ministerial delegation on September 28, 2021. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN  — Prime Minster Bisher Khasawneh on Tuesday stressed that recent meetings between Jordanian and Syrian officials in Amman and Damascus should be “translated into projects that benefit the two brotherly peoples and cement a historical brotherhood bonding the two countries,” according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The prime minister made the remarks as he welcomed a Syrian ministerial delegation comprising the ministers of economy and foreign trade, water resources, agriculture, and electricity, who held a series of meetings with their Jordanian counterparts over the course of two days.

Khasawneh and the Syrian officials explored prospects for expediting the supply of Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria after rehabilitating the decrepit electricity grid in Syria.

The Syrian delegation reviewed the outcome of discussions with the Jordanian ministers in the areas of transport, trade, water, agriculture, and energy, noting that the Syrian people are satisfied over the return of visits and restoration of relations between the two brotherly countries.

Two-days’ worth of meetings between Jordanian and Syrian officials in Amman ended on Tuesday with a number of agreements reached in transport, energy, trade, and other areas.

The meetings aimed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, according to Al-Ghad News, and they included a number of Syrian ministers and Jordanian officials.

In the field of energy and electricity, the two parties discussed possibly restarting an electricity sharing program and the need to develop a clear road map to repair Syria’s damaged electrical grid.

The two sides agreed to form a joint Jordanian-Syrian technical committee through the Jordanian Energy Ministry and the Syrian Ministry of Electricity to complete their work, which originally began in August, after a visit by the Syrian minister of oil and electricity in June 2021.

The two countries also agreed to work together to develop scientific, technical, and agricultural cooperation in all fields of research, including plant and animal health.

The two sides also agreed to exchange lists of agricultural commodities and agricultural calendars, in preparation for regulating trade.

Furthermore, the two countries agreed to exchange lists of priority goods in a bid to improve trade, as well as a list of executive procedures that need to be completed in order to restore work at the Jordanian-Syrian free zone.

In the field of water, Jordan and Syria said they would work to form a joint water committee to follow up the implementation of an agreement signed between the two countries in 1987 and cooperate to maximize the utilization of the Yarmouk Basin waters.

In the field of transportation, the two sides discussed ways of facilitating the movement of freight and passengers between the two countries, and the fees for trucks were studied.

On Monday, Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraya announced the reopening of the Jaber border crossing with Syria. The border is set to officially relaunch operations on Wednesday. 

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