Al-Attar Opens 29th Book Fair in Damascus

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Under the patronage of President Bashar al-Assad, Vice-President Dr. Najah al-Attar opened Wednesday the 29th Book Fair at al-Assad Library in Damascus, the Syria Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

The opening ceremony of the fair, which will last till August 12th , was  attended by several officials and ambassadors.

It was followed by a statement given by Dr. Attar to journalists.

"In your names and in my own name, I salute President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Arab army and the martyrs' souls. It is a great event to celebrate the foundation of our army under the leadership of its brave commander," she said, asserting that holding the book fair would not have been possible without the sacrifices of Syrian Arb army which is fighting terrorists nationwide.

 "Syria is inching closer to achieve victory," the Vice-President added, pointing out that the book fair is one of the indicators of this victory.

She thanked writers, scientists, journalists and Ministry of Culture for their key role in disseminating culture during the current circumstances the country is going through.

Around 150 publishing houses from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Jordan, Iran, Denmark and Russia are taking part in the fair.

Basma Qaddour