Syria and Greece signed a deal on Monday, May 28, aimed at promoting cooperation in marine cargo and passenger transport, officials said.
The accord, signed by visiting Greek Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis and Syrian Transport Minister Makram Obied, called for cooperation between coast guards to combat illegal shipping such as trafficking in drugs and migrants.
Officials also agreed to reopen shipping routes between Syrian and Greek ports, which fell out of use in recent years due to a slowdown in commerce. They aim to expand the volume of cargo between the two states to one million tons per year from an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 tons currently, they said.
The two sides said they would work together to reduce marine pollution in the eastern Mediterranean and planned to exchange information and data.
In separate talks on Monday, Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa Mero and Papoutsis agreed to expand economic and commercial cooperation generally, the officials said. ― (Reuters, Damascus)
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