The Chinese ambassador to Syria: Syria is a close friend and we are keen to bolster the distinguished cooperation between the two countries

Chinese Ambassador to Syria Feng Biao considered that Syria is a close friend, dear partner and good brother to China in the process of establishing  a community of common future and establishing international relations between the two countries.

In his special  speech to  Al-Watan newspaper, Biao indicated that next year will coincide with the 65th  anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Syria and China, saying: “My country is keen to continue distinguished cooperation with Syria in bilateral and multilateral fields, and to respect the social systems and development ways that the Syrian people have been established with their  independent will. China works to further deepen cooperation in all fields, to strengthen friendship between the two peoples, to refuse intervention in the internal affairs of other countries, to confront unilateralism, hegemony and power politics. China seeks to be an example in establishing international relations of a new type and establishing a common future for mankind”.

French Colonel (Retired.) expects new positive international relations

French Colonel (Ret.) Alain Corvez reckons a positive shift in international relations if the current US president Donald Trump is re-elected in the forthcoming US elections.

In an interview with Syria Times e-newspaper, Mr. Corvez said that he does not contemplate improvement in Syria and EU relations in general and Syria and France in particular before the American elections.

"You know the whole world is frozen waiting for the new US president because no important decisions will be made by the US before this election .

He expects that Mr. Trump will be re-elected because he is a 'strong man' and at this specific moment in the US the Americans need a strong man to lead them because they have many different views and many turmoils inside US and there is an important risk of civil war in the US.

Moualem: The so-called (Caesar Act) aims at pressuring the Syrian people.. Syria will spare no effort to end the American and Turkish occupation

In Syria’s speech before the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Walid al-Muallem, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, said that the political agendas in the world still take precedence over  the humanitarian agendas. Instead of lifting the unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people and the people of a number of other countries amid the spread of "Covid 19" pandemic, we witnessed a renewal of these measures and the imposition of more sanctions under flimsy pretexts, including the so-called "Caesar Act" which aims to pressure the Syrian people in their livelihood and daily life.

In the speech broadcast via video on Saturday, Al-Muallem stressed that terrorism still represents a constant threat to stability and prosperity in the world and constitutes one of the most important threats to international peace and security, noting that there are those who invest and support terrorism to achieve their doubtful agendas, mainly the Turkish occupation- one of the main sponsors of terrorists in Syria and the region. He pointed out that the continued illegal presence of the American and Turkish forces on Syrian lands is an occupation, and that Syria will spare no effort to terminate this occupation by means guaranteed by international law.

"Your voice is life" ... an initiative of the Junior Chamber International in Homs

"Due to the current conditions in the countries of the world because of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to adhere to quarantine at home, we have recently launched the "Your Voice is Life" initiative"to accommodate to our current situation incase we have to stay at home, we can travel and visit anywhere in the world through books," Miss. Sherine Faressaid in an interview with the Syria times e-newspaper.

She went on to say: "There is a large number of those who cannot enjoy this pleasure, such as the blind, illiterate, or even those who do not want to read, in addition to children who are unable to read.So the idea of audio recording books and novels, both for adults and children, has emerged.Thus, a number of volunteers began recording a variety of books and novels, which were later posted on the Facebook  to make them available to everyone.

Talking about the main goal of  the initiative, Miss. Rouba Alsharidi, Director of Curriculum Department at the initiative, said: "Among the most important goals of the initiative is motivating the young generation towards intellectual and cultural development by reading books in order to record them so the time they are at home is optimally used.

Contributing to empowering the Arabic language, is also an important goal we are working on this year in the community sector.

As for the third goal, and the most important one, is to provide  community service to contribute to the development and education of the blind and the illiterate, and even ordinary people who do not want to read on the one hand, as well as providing community service to mothers by providing them with a set of targeted audio stories for their children on the other hand".

To know more about the nature of the selected books and novels, and the conditions for choosing these books, Miss. Rozanna al tarazi, director of the books and novels department at the initiative, explained: “The books and the recorded novels and stories were selected according to ethical, educational and developmental standards. In the first stage, a variety of books were selected and listed to be compared with all the lists provided by the rest of the provinces, so that the book is not recorded more than once.

Starting a Project to Rehabilitate Watercourse of the Historic Afqa spring in Palmyra

Palmyra, (ST)- With the participation of the local community, Homs Governorate, Palmyra City Council and the Antiquities Directorate , a voluntary project to clean and rehabilitate the stream of the historic Afqa Spring and remove the dust and stones left by the terrorists from the entrance and inside the tunnel was started.

The project aims to restore the flow of spring water that flowed last April for the first time after a drought that lasted for about 25 years and to revive this archaeological tourist facility, which was one of the reasons for the existence of Palmyra and the gathering of mankind in this region for more than six thousand years.

Member of the Executive Office for the Water and Irrigation Sector in Homs Governorate, Kamal Al -Hallaq, stated in a statement to SANA that this project which is being carried out with the initiative of the people of the region who work manually to avoid damaging this archaeological site .Their work involves isolating and cleaning the stairs and the course of the cave. This is important because it contributes to the revival of the spring's water and the continuation of its flow towards the thirsty orchards of Palmyra oasis .He indicated that a technical schedule has been set for this important project until the Afqa spring returns as it was before.