TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said the private and public sectors of the Islamic Republic are prepared to participate in the reconstruction process of Syria.  

“After seven years of struggling with a crisis and war, Syria has entered a new phase and Iran will play an influential role in the country's reconstruction era,” Akhoundi said during a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis in Damascus on Thursday.

“Syria is returning to a favorable security situation and can start rebuilding its country,” he added.

The private and public sectors of Iran are ready to massively participate in the reconstruction process of the Arab country, he went on to say.

Khamis, for his part, stressed the need to boost bilateral relations between Tehran and Damascus in various fields and to develop joint projects that serve the interests of the two friendly countries.

The Syrian premier said Damascus is ready to facilitate the Iranian participation in the reconstruction process of the war-hit country.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), fighting against its central government.

In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supported its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.