Damascus, 4 November 2022 (TDI): The Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training of Pakistan, Rana Tanveer Hussain visited Syria. He met with the Syrian Prime Minister, Hussain Arnous.

During the meeting with the Prime Minister of Syria, Rana Tanveer Hussain’s counterpart, the Education Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic Dr. Darem Tabba was also present.

Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training expressed his pleasure in meeting the Syrian Prime Minister.

The two sides decided to take special steps for the promotion of education in both countries. Likewise, the two acquiesced to cooperate in scholarships, training, exchange visits as well as agri-research.

Bilateral Ties between Syria and Pakistan 

Syria and Pakistan enjoy historic, international, and bilateral relations. Areas of modern Pakistan were part of the silk route with Syria through ancient civilization exchange.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries thrived in the 1960s when a contingent of Pakistan Armed Forces was sent to Syria, specifically fighter pilots to fly the Syrian Air Force’s Mig fighter jets.

Syrian President Hafez al-Assad visited Pakistan in the 1970s to attend the international Organization of Islamic Conference, becoming the first Syrian President to do so.

Likewise, Former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was said to be close to Assad. Following the death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Syrian President Hafez al-Assad granted Benazir, Murtaza, and Shahnavaz Bhutto asylum in 1979.

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Syria is willing to have bilateral ties along with taking the necessary steps and measures to push them forward for the common interests of both sides.

The two countries will develop cooperation in the cultural and scientific fields, increase scholarships offered by the Pakistani side, and increase tourism trips to Syria.

The distinguished relations between the two countries for seventy years have morphed into the continuation of work to develop and strengthen trade and economic cooperation, especially after the resumption of flights between the two countries.