Letter to President al-Assad from Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Writer/Source: Sana (8/3/2011)
Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri on Tuesday received a letter from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to President Bashar al-Assad.
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The letter was conveyed by Iranian Vice President for Development Management and Human Resources Lotfollah Foruzandeh during his meeting with Otri.
Premier Otri and Foruzandeh discussed relations of cooperation between Syria and Iran and prospects of developing and upgrading them in a way that accords with the two countries' potentials and achieves their common interests in all fields.
The talks also dealt with administrative cooperation, exchanging experiences in the field of administrative development, training of human resources and building education and job skills to meet the market needs.
Carrying out developmental plans and using technologies widely in the framework of e-government services were also reviewed.
President al-Assad paid a visit to Iran in October 2010 and met President Ahmadinejad, with the two sides affirming commitment to continuing to bolster the standing cooperation between the two countries, opening new prospects in carious developmental and investment sectors, and increasing trade exchange.
In September 2010, the two Presidents held talk in Damascus on several bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.
Syria, Iran discuss cooperation in administrative planning and development
Later, Chairman of the Planning and International Cooperation Commission Amer Housni Lutfi discussed with Forouzandeh cooperation in the fields of economy, trade and planning.
The two sides discussed prospects of cooperation in the fields of e-government, supporting public establishments and administrative development, training staff and increasing productivity.
They also reviewed the signed memos of understanding on developing cooperation and exchanging expertise.
Lutfi underlined the growing relations between the two countries and the importance of establishing joint projects between the region's countries including Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey.
He affirmed that the government is planning for the next 15 years through a national vision for the Syrian society, which is why the 11th five-year plan focuses on human development and creating balanced development across the country, in addition to focusing on industry, agriculture and tourism.
Lutfi stressed the importance of administrative reform and the steps taken by the government to develop the public sector.
For his part, Forouzandeh pointed out to the two countries' mutual background, calling for exchanging expertise and ideas and implementing plans to facilitate increasing economic and commercial cooperation
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