Syria Eyes Iran For More Aid

Syria’s beleaguered government is once again leaning on Iran for more financial support and assistance to keep it afloat.

Syrian Prime Minister Wail al-Halqi this week met in Damascus with Rostam Qasemi, Iran’s former oil minister and the country’s key representative to the Iran-Syria Economic Relations Committee.

Mr Halqi, who has just formed a new cabinet, said that discussions between the two countries dealt with increasing Iranian credit facilities to Syria. This would help to facilitate the import of Iranian goods, such as foodstuffs, electrical equipment, medicines and petroleum products (especially fuel oil) to ensure sufficient supplies during the winter season. (CONTINUED - 756 WORDS)