Greek-Syrian event

Presidents Bashar Al Assad of Syria (photo right) and Costis Stephanopoulos (center) in yesterday’s event on tourism cooperation between the two countries in Athens, which included an exhibition of traditional Syrian crafts. Speaking later, Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos said the multicultural heritage of Greece and Syria provides a good basis for joint tourist packages, possibly also involving other countries in the region, to attract foreign visitors, especially from China and Japan. A protocol for cooperation in investment, promotion and training in tourism is due to be signed today. A Greek delegation of tourism entrepreneurs is projected to visit Syria in the next three months.