Ministers of Syria, Turkey discuss bilateral cooperation
The ministers of Syria and Turkey hold talks in northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday to discuss the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
The ministerial meeting will discuss agreements, memos of understanding and cooperation protocols which are scheduled to be signed during the upcoming meeting of the Syrian-Turkish Higher Council for Strategic Cooperation co-chaired by the prime ministers of the two countries in Damascus next November, SANA said, Xinhua reported.
Participants in the meeting include Syrian Foreign Minister and Ministers of Defense, Agriculture, Irrigation, Economy and Trade, Higher Education, Oil and Mineral Resources, Housing and Construction, Electricity, Interior Affairs and Health and their Turkish counterparts.
At the end of the meeting, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu will officially sign the agreement to abolish visa requirements between the two countries.
Last month, Syria and Turkey announced that the two countries have decided to cancel entry visa requirements for their passport- holding citizens.
After signing the visa agreement, the ministers will cross the borders to the Turkish city of Gaziantep to complete the first ministerial meeting of the Higher Council, according to the report.
Damascus and Ankara find themselves in an ever closer integrated relationship with economic, political and even military ties being strengthened in recent years.
Turkey, which has a long-standing relationship with Israel, also helped broker several meetings last year between Syria and Israel.