On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Muallem held official talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ri Yong-ho, at the Supreme People’s Assembly in Pyongyang.
During the talks, the two sides discussed enhancing bilateral relations in all fields, particularly the economic fields, emphasizing the importance of cooperation and coordination, to face all challenges, mainly the economic terrorism and sanctions imposed by the US and its allies.
They stressed the need to activate commercial, economic and cultural cooperation agreements and to continue exchanging visits on various levels.
The two sides discussed the situation in the Middle East, east Asia and regional and international issues, expressing matching viewpoints on all issues.
Muallem pointed to the friendship between the two countries that dates back over 50 years, expressing Syria’s admiration of the steadfastness of the DPRK’s people and its support for the DPRK in confronting hostile US policies and for its calls for lifting the economic embargo.
He also reviewed the developments in Syria and their efforts to combat terrorism and the sanctions that target the country, thanking the leadership and people of the DPRK for their support of Syria.
For his part, Yong-ho affirmed his country’s firm support for Syria and its sovereignty and territorial integrity, offering congratulations for the achievements that have been made under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad in confronting terrorism and sanctions.
The Minister said his country is confident that Syria will emerge victorious, noting that the DPRK will always support Syria, including its positions on the occupied Syrian Golan.
He said the DPRK wishes to enhance their strategic relations with Syria and support the country during the reconstruction process, noting that bilateral cooperation and self-reliance will help the two countries confront sanctions and embargoes.
Yong-ho also reviewed his country’s positions regarding developments in the Korean Peninsula and east Asia, and the dialogue between the DPRK and the US.
After the talks, the two ministers signed a memo of understanding on the establishment of a committee for political consultation between the two countries in order to enhance communication and coordination regarding all issues of mutual interest.
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