Syria's Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Qadri Jamil said unjust economic sanctions imposed on Syria are the main cause of rising prices of food and basic goods, along with lack of bank transfers and rising transportation costs.
In a seminar on economic policies held on Sunday in Damascus, Jamil said that the government has taken many steps to alleviate the effects of the crisis on citizens, with many efforts being exerted with friendly countries to prevent foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs.
He emphasized that resolving the economic crisis requires a comprehensive political solution and clear policies instead of urgent measures, and that the current stage requires exceptional steps based on a "war government and war economy."
Jamil reviewed some of the steps taken by the government to reduce and control prices, noting that the government holds "one third" of the responsibility for the current economic crisis. The responsibility for the two remaining thirds are held equally shared by the security conditions and the economic sanctions.
Jamil also stressed the need to curb corruption and help national media play its role in this, calling for a rallying of resources to support the Syrian Army.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer