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The reopening of a border crossing with Iraq is likely to be delayed again despite an acceleration of the preparations by the Syrian government.


Two years after it began production a Syrian brewery is considering closing down.


The 61st edition of the Damascus International Trade Fair closed its doors last week with mixed results for the Syrian government and economy.


The government has awarded two Russian companies three contracts for the exploration and production of oil and gas in various parts of the country, the first such deals for onshore blocks since 2011.


Iraq appears to have maintained its rank as Syria’s first export market in past years, although the shortage of precise data makes it difficult to assess the exact size of this trade.


Medical tourism services


According to the head of the Syrian Civil Aviation Authority, only three international civilian airlines currently fly over Syrian territory.


The capture in Greece of a huge shipment of Captagon pills from Syria has highlighted the size of the drug trade in the country’s economy.


The Ministry of Tourism announced that the number of foreign arrivals increased 76 percent in the first five months of this year compared with the same period of 2018.


The list below includes all the Syrian individuals, entities, aircrafts and vessels that have been put under sanctions by the U.S. Administration since 2005.


The decision by Iraqi Airways to reverse a decision to resume flights to Damascus highlights the obstacles to normalization with the Syrian authorities.

The text of Donald Trump's decision renewing for one year sanctions on Syria.


Oil shortages in Syria have eased somewhat as the government receives a shipment from Iran and seeks alternative solutions.


Delegations from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, on 25 and 26 April 2019. At the end of their meeting they released the following statement.


Syria and Iran held on May 1st the sixth edition of a joint business forum as Tehran seeks to capitalize on its support to the regime to gain more benefits for its companies.


The Ministry of Tourism has said that the number of foreign visitors to Syria last year increased by some 40 percent, although this was very largely a result of growing numbers of one-day visitors from Lebanon.


As energy shortages get more acute the Syrian government has announced plans for a more severe rationing of petrol and blamed Egypt for preventing Iranian oil supplies through the Suez Canal.


A selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria including a special section this week on Trump's Golan decision.


A press briefing by James Jeffrey after the Brussels conference on Syria on March 12-14, 2019.


The annual Brussels conference on aid to Syria ended last week with a significant increase in amounts pledged by various countries.

The text of the declaration by the co-chairs of the Brussels III Conference held on March 12-14, 2019.


This table lists the participants at the Brussels meeting on March 12-14, 2019 (Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region - Brussels III Conference).


Import and trade of equipment for electricity and oil derivatives production, waste recycling and other industrial sectors 


In this article The Syria Report addresses key issues raised in the debate over western sanctions on Syria and makes a number of policy recommendations.