DAMASCUS, Syria, July 2 (UPI) -- Syria and Iran wrapped up meetings in Damascus to move forward with plans to develop bilateral economic ties further, officials say.
Engineering companies active in Syria have set up 11 different economic projects that have generated more than $1.3 billion in the decade since they were established.
Trade between both countries, meanwhile, stands at $350 million per year.
Mohammad Saeidikia, the Iranian housing and urban development minister, met with Syrian Trade Minister Amer Husni Lutfi for two days in Damascus to further develop those economic trends, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting agency reports.
Saeidikia called for expansion in bilateral trade and pushed for stronger regional relations, including the establishment of free-trade agreements between Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey.
Damascus recently announced the opening of a rail-traffic line from Syrian ports on the Mediterranean to Basra on the Persian Gulf as part of a broader Syrian effort to increase its regional trade performance.