Jordan and Lebanon ink accords to boost economies

Trade suffering from Syrian war

13 August, 12:13

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, AUGUST 13 - Jordan and Lebanon have signed several agreements to boost cooperation in trade, energy, media and other fields as they looked to overcome repercussions of the Syrian crisis on their countries, officials said today.

    Agreements signed included deals between ministries of Industry, Trade and Supply.

    They included accords on energy planning and renewable energy, social development. The two countries also hope to boost ties in tourism, one of the fields that has suffered deeply in the aftermath of the Syrian crisis. The two countries signed an executive programme on tourism cooperation that extends between 2015 and 2020.

    Both sides also agreed to cooperate in the youth, radio and television fields.

    The accords come following extensive meetings of top officials that ended with a joint meeting of prime ministers of both countries heading talks.

    Lebanese prime minister Tammam Salam arrived in Jordan on Wednesday to co-chair top level meeting with Jordanian counterpart Abdullah Nesour to tackle impact of the Syrian crisis on both countries. Figures show that trade exchange has dropped by at least 10 percent during the past year, which stood at $252.2 million in 2014 compared to $287.6 million in 2013 Syrian rebels are currently trying to take over Deraa city and shot down road leading to Damascus, the usual transit point for goods between the two countries. (ANSAmed).

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