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Syria Lost £1,000,000 Palestine Trade by Opening Bases to Nazis, London Asserts

A French-language broadcast on the British radio said today an economic agreement between Syria and Palestine, providing for exchange of commodities valued at about one million pounds annually, had been concluded two weeks ago when the British learned that Syrian airdromes had been handed over to the Germans.

The broadcast said: “The departure of French consuls from Palestine, following upon the departure of British consuls from Syria, brings to an end difficult negotiations which had been conducted to restore the commercial relations between Syria and Palestine, that is to say between Syria and a great part of the outside world,

“An agreement had been concluded two weeks ago which was to go into force as soon as it had been put on paper. The agreement provided for an exchange of commodities to the value of about one million pounds annually. At the moment when this agreement was to go into force, the Syrian airdromes were handed over to the Germans. Consequently the frontier between Syria and Palestine is now closed.”

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