Iran ready to help rebuild Syria: Minister

This file photo shows the destruction from foreign-backed militancy in Aleppo’s Ard al-Hamra neighborhood. (file photo)

The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to help reconstruct crisis-stricken Syria, the Iranian minister of labor, cooperatives and welfare says.

“Iranian companies have proper capabilities to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria” Ali Rabiei said Thursday.

He made the comment in a Thursday meeting with Syrian Labor Minister Hassan Hijazi on the sidelines of the 103rd Session of the International Labor Conference, which was held in the Swiss city of Geneva from May 28 to June 12.

He said that Iran is ready to help Syria promote social welfare, adding that the Islamic Republic can also provide the Arab country with vocational training.

The Iranian minister also congratulated Syria on the country’s recent presidential election which resulted in the re-election of Bashar al-Assad. He also pledged Iran’s support for the Syrian nation and government.

The Syrian minister, for his part, underlined the need to draw on Iran’s wealth of experience in the fields of training and employment.

In March, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said that Syria had suffered an estimated 31 billion dollars worth of damage as a result of foreign-sponsored conflicts in the Arab country.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the militants.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

By Press TV


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