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Syria says no dialogue with U.S.-backed Kurdish forces who 'betrayed' their country

11 Oct 2019

DAMASCUS Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Maqdad on Thursday attacked U.S.-backed Kurdish led forces saying they had betrayed their country and accused them of a separatist agenda that gave Turkey a pretext to violate his country's sovereignty.

Syria says no dialogue with U.S.-backed Kurdish forces who 'betrayed' their country

11 Oct 2019

DAMASCUS Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Maqdad on Thursday attacked U.S.-backed Kurdish led forces saying they had betrayed their country and accused them of a separatist agenda that gave Turkey a pretext to violate his country's sovereignty.

UAE firms scout trade at Syria fair, defying U.S. pressure

31 Aug 2019

DAMASCUS A delegation of at least 40 businessmen from the United Arab Emirates attended a state-backed trade fair in Syria's capital, defying U.S. warnings against doing business with the government and associates of President Bashar al-Assad.

No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island

20 Aug 2019

ARWAD, Syria In the years before Syria's war the boatmakers of Arwad used to sell their wooden vessels along the Mediterranean coast down to Lebanon and up to Turkey, but the trade has withered. | Video

Film cameras start to roll again in Damascus studios

30 Mar 2019

DAMASCUS On a long-disused film set outside Damascus featuring mud houses, palm trees, alleyways and camels, actors in flowing robes are making a television series that the producers say is part of a gradual revival of their industry. | Video

Palmyra priest statue among haul of recovered Syrian relics

05 Oct 2018

DAMASCUS A stone image of an ancient priest is one of hundreds of stolen antiquities recovered by the Syrian government and put on display in Damascus this week, a reminder of the mass looting of Syria's heritage during seven years of war. | Video

Syrian trade fair shows road to recovery still strewn with debris of war

07 Sep 2018

DAMASCUS Syria's government is showcasing its ambitions for economic recovery and engagement with foreign business at a trade fair, but glimpses of devastated districts nearby show how far off full-scale reconstruction remains.

Exclusive: As Syria looks to rebuild, Finance Minister sees trade boost from forex deposits

16 Aug 2018

DAMASCUS Syria will use new foreign currency certificates of deposit to help fund trade operations, its finance minister said, as the government takes tentative steps towards reconstruction following seven years of war.

French aid to Syrian government-controlled eastern Ghouta arrives

26 Jul 2018

DAMASCUS Syrian aid workers began distributing 50 tonnes of French aid to eastern Ghouta on Thursday after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery in what is the first Western humanitarian effort into a government-controlled area during the seven-year civil war.

Exclusive: Syria to import 1.5 million tons wheat - minister

25 Jun 2018

DAMASCUS Syria is planning to import around 1.5 million tons of mostly Russian wheat this year, as local wheat procurement is expected at around half a million tons, the country's internal trade minister said.

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