Damascus, SANA-Members of Damascus Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a number of Syrian businessmen discussed on Wednesday with former French MP Thierry Mariani and the accompanying delegation means of reinvigorating trade and economic relations between Syria and France.
Head of Damascus Chamber of Commerce Ghassan al-Qalaa said France has to rectify its path towards Syria, pointing out the role of French businessmen in this as to reinvigorate economic and trade relations through forging partnerships between businessmen in both countries.
Secretary of Damascus Chamber of Commerce Mohammad Hamsho said numerous European companies have a desire to work in Syria, indicating that the French government has backed terrorism in Syria and is now called on to show the bona fides to bring back relations at the level of companies and contribute to lifting unilateral coercive measures against Syria.
Mariani, for his part, said the majority of French people want to restore bilateral relations with Syria, calling for establishing a French-Syrian association to revive economic ties.
Mariani said Syria has jump-started the reconstruction stage as security and stability had returned to many areas, adding France aspires to establish cultural ties involving Syria’s heritage.
Commenting on the unilateral economic measures against the Syrian people imposed by some Western states and the EU, including France, Mariani said the stances regarding them in the Parliament and the international public opinion and media “are not the same.”