Syria, Iraq discuss means to consolidate bilateral relations

Baghdad, SANA- Iraqi Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Salar Abdul Sattar, has discussed with Syrian Ambassador in Baghdad, Sattam Jadaan al-Dandah, ways to enhance cooperation and coordination between the two countries and develop brotherly relations to serve the interests of the two brotherly countries and peoples.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the issue of Syrian workers in Iraq, adapting their legal status, and the importance of establishing a detailed database on all Syrian workers in Iraq.

The Iraqi Minister of Labor said that “He highlighted the importance of organizing Syrian workforce entering Iraq and discussing this file in future meetings to reach effective solutions.”

In turn, Ambassador al-Dandah stressed in a statement to SANA correspondent in Baghdad that “the meeting dealt with providing facilities to the Syrian community as they are among the qualified and reducing financial fees imposed on them.

He spotlighted the necessity to discuss the working conditions for Syrians and their non-exploitation by employers with wages and working hours.

Ambassador al-Dandah called for addressing the status of Syrians who violate the residency law and the need to settle their status and grant them regular residency permits.

He stressed the need to grant entry visas to Syrians from the Iraqi embassy in Damascus or the airport in application of the principle of reciprocity.

Nisreen Othman/ Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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