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Syriatel has purchased a stake in Yemen’s third GSM operator, UNITEL.


The Higher Education Council has approved the opening of new departments at Syrian state universities and faculties starting from 2006.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Al-Hayat on June 26, 2006.

Syrian exports of textile products to the European Union fell sharply in 2005.

Petro-Canada is taking over Marathon Oil’s share over its contract to develop gas fields in the region of Palmyra according to diplomatic sources in Damascus.

The UN Security Council adopted on May 17 resolution 1680 that calls on Syria to establish diplomatic relations with Lebanon and to delineate the common border.

Text of Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad’s interview with Asharq al-Awsat on May 14, 2006.


Returning from a trip to Washington where he met US President George Bush Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, an interview with LBC on April 29, denied he had sought “international support against Syria," but had rather called on the US to "exert pressure on Israel to withdraw from Sheba'a Farms."


Himalaya Energy (Syria) B.V. is the new Amsterdam-registered 50:50 Joint Venture Company that acquired the entire shares of Petro-Canada in Al Furat Petroleum Company.


The United States has voiced strong opposition to India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) purchase of the stake of Petro-Canada in Al Furat Petroleum Company (AFPC).


The Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources has received 23 bids from thirteen different companies for exploration works on the nine blocks offered for tender in the round held last December in Damascus.


Syria is planning to double its oil refining capacity in the coming five years and switch its exports towards refined products, according to Ibrahim Haddad, Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources.


The leading oil companies of China and India have finally agreed to jointly acquire a Canadian firm's petroleum interests in Syria in their first collaborative venture.

Syria's Transport Ministry signed a contract with the Chinese Zijan Timis Company whereby 600 buses will be imported to the country.

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Turkish TV on December 28, 2005.


The UN Security Council unanimously passed resolution 1644 on December 15 that extends the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s for another six months, until June 15, 2006, but compromised over a resolution to extend the terms of the investigation.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Russian TV on December 12, 2005.


Petro-Canada is expected to finalize the sale of its stake in Al-Furat Petroleum Company (AFPC), after reports have emerged that a number of companies are finalizing their bids.


Saudi and Syrian investors announced plans to build a USD 32.7 millions petrochemical plant in Syria to manufacture Caustic Soda and chloride. The new plant will be named the Saudi-Syrian Petrochemical Company and will be located in Aleppo (North West ...
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on October 31 threatening Damascus with “further action” unless it arrests suspects in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.




Resolution 1636 (2005), Adopted at Ministerial Level, Decides

On Assets Freeze for Suspects, Warns of ‘Further Action’ for Non-Compliance

Formally endorsing the Report of the United Nations Independent Investigation Commission that found evidence of Syrian involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Security Council this morning, in a ministerial meeting, called for Syria to cooperate fully and unconditionally with the Commission and insisted it not interfere in Lebanese affairs.


A State-owned Chinese company agreed with Farzat, a Syrian construction company to build a black cement factory in Adra near Damascus.


The text of the resolution on the delineation of the borders between Syria and Lebanon and the establishment of full diplomatic relations.

Arrangement for the establishment of a Chinese business city in the free zone in Adra, north Damascus were finalised during the visit of a delegation of Chinese businessmen and women to Syria, Sheikh Hashel Bin Zayed al-Mubarak, who is supervising the ...

The first Syrian Tourism Investment Market set out a range of incentives for foreign investors to spend money developing tourism in the country. The Syria Report highlights the key issues at stake.

Exports have stagnated in the last few years, although, according to most analysts the Syrian production is competitive both in terms of quality and price. Marketing remains weak and product diversification limited.
The Syria Report is publishing, with support from the Syrian European Business Centre, a special report on Syria's textile industry, Textile in Syria 2005.

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Parliament on March 05, 2005.

Fields redevelopment works are yielding positive results. Long-term prospects for the Syrian oil industry, however, are a source of debate.
The historic visit of the Syrian President aims at bolstering ties between the two countries following the US sanctions.

By Mouaffaq Nyrabia*

No one, whether in the opposition or in power, in the country or abroad, can deny that there is a problem today in Syria; that it is crucial for the country to proceed with reforms and yet, that until now, it has been incapable of implementing them on a genuine and significant scale.

What is then the problem?


The Syrian President is trying to gather support after the US sanctions. Developing economic and political relations with China will be a long-term objective for Syria.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with China People’s Daily on June 21, 2004.


More than ten years following the beginning of the works, Syrian Prime Minister, Naji al-Otri inaugurated on April 22, the Teshreen Dam built on the Euphrates River close to the city of Manbej (Aleppo Governorate).


By Samir Aïta*

Everybody had praised the gesture. A decision made by the Regional Command of the Baath Party, pushed by President Bashar Assad, allowed the opening of private banks in Syria. More than 3 years have passed since then, until the first private banks opened their doors earlier this year.

The Ministry of Petroleum has announced a new round of bidding for the development of oil and gas fields. Meanwhile, two contracts with foreign oil companies were finalised this month.
Syria was elected Chairman of the Middle East Committee of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) for the coming two years, during the WTO's 15th General Assembly meeting held in October in China.

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anbaa on May 26, 2003.

The Tanganyika Oil Company (TOC), which was recently awarded, through its affiliate Dublin Oil, the redevelopment contract of the Oud block, in the northeastern part of the country, is finalising its agreement with the Syrian Petroleum Company.
The Syrian Petroleum Company (SPC) has finalised a production-sharing deal with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for the development of the Kebibe field in the north-eastern part of the country.
On January 11, Haddad announced the award of five new oil exploration rights licenses.
The Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), the monopolistic fixed telephone network operator, has recorded profits of SYP7 billion (USD134 million) in 2002, according to Bashir al-Munajid, Minister of Communications.
Syria held in mid-December the largest oil and gas seminar it has organised in years.
Al Sham, one the largest shipping companies in Syria, announced the launch of its second multipurpose container (MPC) vessel, Ramitha, during the meeting of its newly elected Board of Directors on November 16.

Syria on Friday denied British accusations that it is importing smuggled Iraqi oil in contravention of U.N. sanctions, U.N. diplomats said.


Syria on Friday denied British accusations that it is importing smuggled Iraqi oil in contravention of U.N. sanctions, U.N. diplomats said.


Syria on Friday denied British accusations that it is importing smuggled Iraqi oil in contravention of U.N. sanctions, U.N. diplomats said.


Starting January 1, Syria will hold a seat in the United Nations security council for a two year period. The last time Syria was member of the council goes back to 1970-71.


The English transcript of the speech of Bashar Al-Assad at the 9th Conference of the Regional Command of the Baath Party on June 21, 2000.


By Mouaffaq Nyrabia *

Within the scope of the program of the Danish Foreign Ministry (DFM) to promote reform in the Middle East, the Danish Cultural Institute in Syria organized recently a seminar in Damascus. A number of Danish scholars and representatives from the DFM participated in the event, as did scholars from Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Egypt. No official representative from any Arab government was present.