Iran to play vital role in reconstructing Syria: Minister

Damascus, May17, IRNA – Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said on Thursday that the reconstruction era in Syria will see a significant participation by Iran.

'After seven years of crisis and conflicts, now Syria is entering a new stage and Iran is expected to play a very important and influential role in reconstruction of the country,' Akhoundi told the correspondent of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in the Syrian capital.

The Iranian minister stressed that the security situation in Syria is favorable now and the country could start reconstructing itself.

'Iran and Syria are taking preliminary measures for the formation of a high-profile joint commission to devise a document for future long-term strategic cooperation between the two nations,' Akhoundi said.

The joint commission will be attended by the Syrian prime minister and Iran's first deputy president, he said.

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