Syria badly needs to boost relations with oil-rich countries as its economy is being strangled by crippling Western sanctions and it faces the task of post-war reconstruction.
The Syrian pound has been hit hard by war, corruption, Western sanctions and, more recently, a financial and economic collapse in neighboring Lebanon.
Rifaat Assad, 83, was sentenced last year for illegally using Syrian state funds to build a French real estate empire and faces jail term in France.
The call comes amid efforts aimed at boosting cooperation between Syria and Jordan, both of which are facing challenging economic conditions.
The fighting, which has killed half a million people, has subsided at this point, leaving Assad’s forces in control of large parts of Syria, mainly thanks to his main backers, Russia and Iran.
The Syrian currency is in a free fall and basic services and resources have become scarce or are offered at exorbitant parallel market prices.
Assad's win was not in doubt, in an election where officials said 18 million were eligible to vote.
The elections would be the second held during the course of the country's 10-year conflict and the second following a constitutional change that allows for multiple candidates to run for the top job.
Syrian authorities have so far registered more than 18,000 cases of the coronavirus and 1,247 deaths in government-held parts of the country, where the first case was reported in March last year.