PRESIDENTS AL-ASSAD/ BASESCU STATEMENTS

 

Bucharest, (SANA)- President Bashar Al-Assad on Wednesday held talks with President Traian Basescu of Romania at the Presidential Palace in Bucharest.

In press statements following the talks, President Al-Assad said he is happy to be in Romania, adding that the visit of the Romanian President to Syria two years ago was important as it improved bilateral relations after a long pause.

''The trade exchange between the two countries is still weak...We seek today to give a strong push to the economic relations,'' President Al-Assad added.

''The talks dealt with political issues, mainly cooperation with the EU and peace in the Middle East. We affirmed to President Basescu that Romania is an important country which can play an important role in pushing the peace process, especially in light of the latest US moves,'' President Al-Assad said.

President Al-Assad went on to say, ''We stressed Syria's traditional stance seeking to achieve peace in the Middle East.''

''There will be a meeting today for Syrian and Romanian businessmen, especially after establishing a joint businessmen council,'' President Al-Assad said, wishing the council success in promoting bilateral relations.

For his part, President Basescu said, ''We held a first round of talks with President Al-Assad on the bilateral relations, the situation in the Middle East and the future prospects of bilateral cooperation. We discussed the prospects of the Syrian-EU relations in general.''

Earlier, President Al-Assad and Mrs. Asma Al-Assad started an official visit to Romania.

 

PRESIDENT AL-ASSAD/ PRESS CONFERENCE WITH ROMANIAN PRESIDENT  (October 20, 2008)