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Middle East

Syria / ซีเรีย

สาธารณรัฐอาหรับซีเรีย
Syrian Arab Republic

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General Profile

Syria / ซีเรีย

  • Close relationship with France (independent from France on April 17, 1946)
  • Attempt to play important roles in the Arab world (currently, Syria as the head of the League of Arab States and the chairman of OIC in the 36th OIC CFM Meeting in May 2009)
General Information

   Area                             185,180 square kilometers (3 times smaller than Thailand)
   Capital                          Damascus
   Population                    20.6 million people (2010)
   Languages                    Arabic, English, French
   Religions                       Muslim (Sunni) 74%, other Muslim 16%, Christian 10%
   President                      Dr. Bashar al-Asad
   Prime Minister              Muhammad Naji-UTRI
   Foreign Minister           Walid Al-Mualem
   Independence Day        April 17
   Thai-Syrian Diplomatic Relation Foundation Day      January 10, 1956

Economy Information (2010)

   GDP                                 $59.33 billion (Thailand: $317.8 billion)
   GDP per Capita               $2,877.3 (Thailand: $4,719.8 )
   Real GDP Growth            4.5% (Thailand: 7.8%)
   Exchange rate                 Syrian pound (1 THB = 1.5 SYP) (Apr 2011)
   Reserves                          $17.784 billion (Thailand: $185.6 billion)
   Inflation rate                   4.3 % (Thailand: 3.3%)
   Natural resources            Petroleum, phosphate, chromium, manganese, iron ore,
                                            limestone, marble, gypsum
   Industries                        Oil (producing 390,000 barrels/day)
   Imports - commodities    Machinery, equipment and parts, food, iron and iron products
   Imports - partners           Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Italy, Egypt,
                                            the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Iran
   Exports - commodities    Crude oil, petroleum, vegetable and fruit, fiber
   Exports - partners           Iraq, Germany, Lebanon, Italy, Egypt, Saudi Arabia

Statistics of Thailand-Syria (2010)

   Trade value of Thailand-Syria   $287.64 million (increasing 56.58%) (Thailand:
                                                      export value $287.32 million, import value $0.32 million,
                                                      overbalance value $287.01 million)
   Export products of Thailand      Canned and processing seafood, cars, equipment and
                                                      parts, rice, wood and wood products, rubber products,
                                                      plastic products, iron, steel and products
   Import products from Syria       Coffee, rubber, clothing, printed matter, machinery and
                                                      parts, glass mirror and products
   Investment                  N/A
   Tourism                       About 5,651 Syrian tourists to Thailand
   Thai people in Syria    About 80-100 Thai students mostly from the southern Thailand
                                        studying in religion and Arabic language
   Visa                              Need to apply for visa
   Office of Thailand accredited to Syria      The Royal Thai Embassy in Riyadh,
                                                                      the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
   Office of Syria accredited to Thailand      The Consulate of the Syrian Arab Republic
                                                                      in Bangkok/ The Embassy in Indonesia

Middle East Division, March 2010

Political Profile

Economical Profile

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Agreements and Cooperation

  • AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
    Date Signed 18 January 1992