Rumanian Prime Minister Manea Manescu arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday (27 January) to begin a six-day official visit.
Rumanian Prime Minister Manea Manescu arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday (27 January) to begin a six-day official visit. He was greeted at the airport by his Syrian counterpart, Mr. Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi, and the Syrian Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdel Halim Kaddam.
According to official Syrian sources, Mr. Manescu's talks with Syrian leaders would cover closer political, economic and cultural relations between their two countries.
Over one-third of all Syria's imports come from eastern European countries, although in recent years, the country has made considerable efforts to diversify its sources of supply.
Although a major oil-producer itself, Rumania imports a certain amount of oil from the Middle East, but its principal import is raw cotton. This represents Syria's most valuable source of export earnings.
In the recent conflict in the Middle East, Rumania joined with other eastern European countries in expressing support for the Arab states, while maintaining diplomatic relations with Israel. At a dinner given by the Syrian Prime Minister in Damascus on Tuesday, Mr. Manescu said that his country believed that a just and lasting peace in the Middle East required the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territory occupied since 1967.