Jul 10, 2018 08:09 Asia/Tehran
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The Speaker of Syrian People's Assembly, Hammoudeh Sabbagh, has said the steadfastness of Damascus and Baghdad has thwarted Western and Zionist schemes in the region.

Speaker of People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh during a meeting on Monday with Iraq's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Syria, Saad Mohammed Ridha, said the Syrian and Iraqi peoples are bound by deep-rooted relations and that the steadfastness of the two countries has thwarted Western and Zionist schemes and plots in the region.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iraq to Syria, for his part, said "The strategic cooperation agreement between Iraq and Syria, due to be signed soon, will contribute to the promotion and development of all aspects of bilateral political, economic, trade and security relations."

On the reopening of the border crossings between the two countries, the Iraqi ambassador stressed in a press statement following the meeting the importance of reopening these crossings to enhance trade exchange.

“We are going to open these crossings, especially Al-Boukamal-al-Qaim,” Saad Mohammed Ridha added.

The Iraqi ambassador noted that the opening of the crossings will lead to the recovery of the economies and boosting of trade between the two countries. He said Iraqi businessmen are very keen to enter the Syrian market.

In another context, Saad Mohammed Ridha said "It is possible to conclude a parliamentary cooperation agreement later to strengthen parliamentary relations between Baghdad and Damascus".

ISIS started a campaign of terror against Syria and Iraq in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

It, however, lost all of its strongholds in both countries last year thanks to counter-terrorism offensives of the Iraqi and Syrian national armies, backed by their allies.