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07-01-2002

The tax exemption agreement between Syria and the United Arab Emirates takes effect from this day after the two countries exchanged the ratified documents.

07-01-2002
Syria's revenues from tourism exceeded USD1 billion in 2001 and tourists arrivals reached 3.015 million according to the World Tourism Organisation.
07-01-2002
Syria on Saturday announced a plan to boost its tourist sector, focusing on promoting its historical heritage, and improving its image abroad.
01-01-2002

In his speech, last December, before the newly-sworn in cabinet, Bashar al Assad felt necessary to mention, among the general policy guidelines he laid down for his government, one specific sector he thought his newly nominated team had to address urgently, the water crisis his country is facing.

31-12-2001
Starting January 1, Electricite du Liban (EDL), the Lebanese electric authority, will reduce its supply of electricity to 16 hours a day in the whole country, excluding the Greater Beirut area.
31-12-2001
According to Ibrahim Haddad, the new oil minister, the priority of his ministry will be to lift all the bureaucratic and administrative hurdles that foreign oil companies complain of in their dealings with Syria.
10-12-2001
President Bouteflika of Algeria is due in Brussels on Wednesday, December 19th, to sign the association agreement linking his country to the European Union. With Lebanon signing its own agreement on January 10th, after having postponed it from December 20th, Syria remains the last of the twelve Mediterranean partners of the EU not to have signed an association agreement.

03-12-2001
Syria and Lebanon are signing today an agreement for the sale and transport of Syrian gas to a Lebanese power station, said Al Mustaqbal.
03-12-2001
Lebanon's parliament passed a law on Wednesday for the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), which is expected to significantly raise government revenues.
30-11-2001

The leading French rail and urban transport engineering and consulting company is projecting to achieve a study on a Damascus-Aleppo fast track link that would put the two cities within two hours of each other.

26-11-2001
According to figures released by The Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council, trade between the two countries grew by 28% in the first 6 months of 2001 to reach US$175 million, reported Al Baath.
26-11-2001
Lebanese goods are sometimes blocked at the Syrian borders for more than six months because of doubts on their certificate of origin, said Teshreen.
26-11-2001
Syria and Jordan are currently carrying out negotiations to modernise and enhance the railway track linking their two capital cities, said Al Sharq al Awsat.
26-11-2001

Marc Pierini, head of the European Union delegation in Syria, blamed the lack of substantive economic reforms in Syria for delays in negotiating an association agreement with the EU, reported Al Quds.

19-11-2001
Issam al-Zaim, the Minister of Planning, said that Syria had no intention of privatising and had made the strategic choice of holding on to state assets in order to face a potential threat from Israel, reported Al Hayat.
19-11-2001

Issam al-Zaim, the Minister of Planning, said that Syria had no intention of privatising and had made the strategic choice of holding on to state assets in order to face a potential threat from Israel, reported Al-Hayat.

14-11-2001

The French Centre for External Trade (CFCE), in co-operation with the French Senate, organised on November 14th a seminar on trade and investment in the Levant (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria).

05-11-2001
Jacques Sarraf, the president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association is heading a delegation to Damascus to congratulate the newly elected Board of Directors of the Damascus Chamber of Industry, said L'Orient-Le Jour.
01-11-2001

The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reshuffled eight government portfolios early October.

29-10-2001
The Iraqi General Railway Company announced the beginning of the construction of the railway link between Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, reported Al Sharq al Awsat.
29-10-2001

Syria and its close ally Lebanon are to end their boycott of a 27-nation European Union Mediterranean conference next week despite Israel's presence at a ministerial meeting in Brussels, reported Zawya.

22-10-2001
Spacetel Syria, the GSM 900 network operator in Syria, has announced the launch of International Roaming Service starting from October 4th, 2001.
15-10-2001

In light of the messages conveyed on behalf of Syria by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E.Mr. Hosni Mubarak and by the Iranian Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Kamal Kharrazi on behalf of the Iranian President H.E. Mr. Seyid Mohammed Khatemi and by the Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt H.E. Mr. Amr Moussa, the Turkish and Syrian delegations whose names are in the attached list (annex 1) have met in Adana on 19 and 20 October 1998 to discuss the issue of cooperation in combating terrorism.

15-10-2001

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on the occasion of the visit of Pope John Paul the Second on May 05, 2001.

15-10-2001

The edited English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Arab Summit in Amman on March 27, 2001.

15-10-2001

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the 9th Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on November 13, 2000.

15-10-2001

The edited English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Arab Summit in Cairo on October 21, 2000.

15-10-2001

The text of Bashar Al-Assad inauguration speech in 2000. The transcript is by SANA, the state news agency.

15-10-2001
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi is expected in Damascus Sunday for talks with his Syrian counterpart, Mohammad Mustafa Miro, reported Zawya.
09-07-2001

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Der Spiegel on July 09, 2001.

16-06-2001

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad French media on June 16, 2001.

01-02-2001

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.