Syria and Palestine discussed prospects of cooperation in agriculture, through supporting research and exchanging expertise.
This came during a meeting held between the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform in Syria, Eng Mohammad Hassan Qatana, and the Agriculture Minister of Palestine, Riyad al-Attari in Damascus on Thursday.
Qatana reviewed, during the meeting, the reality of the agricultural sector in Syria and the losses it has incurred due to the terrorist war against it, asserting the joint cooperation in the domains of agriculture and livestock, in addition to benefiting from the experiences of neighboring countries in the research and studies domains.
For his part, Attari pointed out the difficulties that the agricultural sector has suffered from in Palestine is due to the policies of the Israeli occupation and its aggression against Palestinian land.
The Palestinian Minister said that cooperation domains could include a number of developed types of crops, in addition to offering support in the field of agricultural guidance services, developing fish farms, and using alternative energies to operate wells.
Director-General of the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) , Dr. Naser al-Din al-Obaid, attending the meeting, said that the Center works on achieving integration among Arab countries as the agricultural development plans benefit from the programs and projects that the center is implementing.
Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Faisal al-Mekdad, also met with the Palestinian guest.
He condemned the settlement policies and annexation of lands, pointing out that food security, whether in Syria or Palestine, depends mainly on the agricultural sector, and struggle in the face of unilateral coercive measures is one of the important indicators of resilience.
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