Iran tries to settle crisis in Syria in a peaceful way,says Larijani

Tehran, (ST)-According to the report of Majlis News Agency (Nation House), Ali Larijani who is in Iraq upon an invitation of his Iraqi counterpart, affirmed  "Iran is trying to settle crisis in Syria in a peaceful way, but unfortunately interference of certain countries have created problems for Syrian people,according to IRNA.

"Achieving peace in Syria depends on holding dialogue between domestic sides and that the international statesmen should play an effective role in creation of stability and tranquility in Syria,'he added.

He went on to say that the opposite sides in Syria should consider national interests and think about their own people.


Government Approves New Bills on Combating Corruption, Stresses Need to Protect State’s Vital Institutions

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Cabinet weekly session on Tuesday was dedicated to discussing the latest political developments in the country, explaining the situation of the economic and services sectors and reviewing measures necessary to protect vital institutions from terrorist attacks.

The cabinet also discussed and then approved several bills on establishing an independent Commission for Combating Corruption, on fighting illicit profit and on establishing the Control and Inspection Department.

Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi underlined the challenges and difficulties facing the health, services and electricity sectors, reiterating the important role that can be played by civil society and government parties in all Syrian governorates to protect vital industrial institutions and highways so as to provide necessary services to the citizens.

Omar Ghalawanji, the Deputy Premier for Services Affairs and the Minister of Local Administration talked about the damages caused by the armed terrorist groups’ attacks against the services sector’s facilities, pointing out that branch committees are formed to enhance the protection of vital industrial and economic institutions.

Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Qadri Jamil reviewed the economic situation and the government’s procedures to ensure food stuff and oil derivates to citizens. He stressed the availability of enough reserves and storage for local needs, particularly wheat and flour.

Electricity Minister Imad Khamis pointed out that the ministry is implementing electricity rationing program because of the terrorist attacks which have been targeting power generating and transferring stations. He referred to the efforts being exerted by the ministry and its affiliated institutions to lessen the rationing hours and to maintain the electricity system and fixing its damages.

For his part, Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Saeed Hanidi reviewed the obstacles facing the oil and gas sector due to the incessant terrorist attacks on gas and oil pipelines. He underlined the measures adopted by the ministry to ensure necessary oil products, fixing damages caused to pipelines and resuming the pumping operation to refineries.

Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar also reviewed some follow up measures and steps to solve some issues related to the ministry’s tasks.

Transport Minister Mahmoud Said reviewed the ministry’s procedures to support air and maritime transport system, in addition to maintaining railway networks.

 For his part, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jasem Zakaraya briefed the cabinet on the stages implemented in the youth employment program.  In this respect, the Cabinet discussed the issue of ensuring job opportunities to martyrs families.

H. Moustafa  


PA, UNFPA discuss means to overcome crisis' negative effects on development

DAMASCUS, (S.T)_The Syrian people are now required to shoulder their responsibility in conveying the message of peace against the fierce war targeting their unity, history, present and future.

People's Assembly Speaker's remarks came in the opening ceremony of a workshop titled "Population and Development Under Current Circumstances" .The workshop has convened at al-Sham Hotel by the PA in cooperation with  the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

SANA quoted PA Speaker  Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham as saying:" I'm sure that the Syrian people will live up to expectations as regards  overcoming  the ongoing crisis in their homeland. They are able to cooperate with their state to halt this war and to beat  its negative impacts."

He noted that the Syrian society, over the past 7000 years, has been a living example of co-existence and tolerance in confronting seditions which the west tried and still trying  to foment in our society.    

Lahham asserted the necessity for  serious cooperation between civil and official institutions.

"encouraging individuals' capabilities to overcome the obstacles that face development process in Syria through restoring stability, constructing damaged areas and returning displaced people to their houses are a must," underlined Laham.

The government is cooperating with all parties concerned to notch up this goal," said the PA Speaker.

He added that reports on population and development indicate that Syria was making progress towards achieving the third millennium and the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) goals before the events.

"Negatively, all sectors were affected by the crisis and caused huge damage to the infrastructure, human resources and development basics," said the Speaker.

He clarified that the international community hasn't committed to the recommendations adopted by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) related to supporting Syria and alleviating the impact of current events on citizens.

"Some regional and western countries imposed economic sanctions against the Syrian people's livelihood ,and supplied the terrorist gangs with weapons as well as facilitated smuggling mercenaries and takfiris into Syria to kill the Syrian people and undermine the state components," said al-Lahham.

He called for finding appropriate means to overcome the economic and social consequences of the crisis, citing that the newly-formed committees in the PA and the executive authority are working together to reach solutions to citizens' cases.  

On the other hand, the Speaker stressed that the national reconciliation committee will continue its work across Syria in cooperation with civil organisations and the Ministry of State for the National Reconciliation Affairs, to restore communication among all spectrums of the Syrian society.

For his part, the UNFPA's  Assistant Representative in Syria, Omar Ballan, said that the Fund is coordinating with all governmental and non-governmental parties and the UN organizations to implement annual plans, including contributing  in meeting the people's needs, particularly those affected by the current crisis.

"The People's Assembly can play  a prominent role in defining the needs and facilitating access to affected areas, in addition to following up and evaluating relevant programs," said Ballan.

He noted that the plan prepared in coordination with the Syrian government according to the UN General Assembly aims at supporting the government's efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to the affected people.

According to the participants' speeches, the governmental financial aid amounted up to scores of SP millions submitted to the NOGs that offer direct services to the affected people.

A number of MPs in addition to representatives of the Planning and International Cooperation Commission and the ministries of Local Administration, Social Affairs and Labor, Health, Education and NGOs and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent attended the workshop.



Venezuela fully Supports Syria in its War against Terrorism

CARACAS, (ST)-Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad on Tuesday discussed with Venezuelan counterpart Temir Parras the political developments in the Middle East and Latin America.
During the meeting, the two sides described as deep the strategic relations between both countries and peoples, founded by Leaders of the two countries Presidents Bashar al-Assad and Hugo Chavez, expressing satisfaction over the implementation of agreements and programs which were signed in Damascus and Caracas.
Parras  expressed his country's full support to Syria as leadership and people in the face of foreign conspiracy which seeks to deviate Syria's attention from the main conflict in the region, the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He condemned the terrorist acts carried out by armed groups supported by external countries which pose a threat to the security, safety and stability of Syria, calling for stopping the support of terrorism.
For his part, Mikdad expressed Syria's appreciation for the true support of Venezuela to Syria in all fields, indicating to the targets and dimensions of the attack of the western countries, particularly the US, France and Britain in cooperation with Turkey, some Gulf states and Libya and their support to the terrorists, providing them with fatal equipment to weaken Syria and divide its national unity and foil its stances against the Israeli occupation.
The Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister affirmed inevitability of Syria's victory in its war against the terrorism and the foreign intervention in its affairs, this victory which will be considered as a victory for all powers which defend their countries'

Political Scene after Zionist Aggression on Gaza




Assessing the Israeli aggression against Gaza in terms of gains and losses, the number of the people killed and wounded or in terms of the caused destruction is nonobjective as this assessment serves the Zionist enemy's interest. The more logical assessment is that which takes into consideration the unequal balance of powers and the political and military achievements of both sides. The political observer sees that the result of this assessment comes in favor of the Palestinian resistance and its supporters topped by the people of Gaza themselves who confronted the Israeli war machine with great determination and faith.

 The victory, achieved by the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, can be noticed in two main points; the first is that the Zionist enemy and its allies are the parties who sought ceasefire following  a state of political emergency which had prevailed among them, particularly the US State’s Secretary Hillary Clinton who paid an urgent visit to the region to meet Zionist officials before leaving to Cairo to hold a crisis meeting aiming basically at controlling the situation, saving the Zionist entity from an inevitable defeat and trying to steal the victory of the resistance by talking about negotiations between the two conflicting sides so as to reach an agreement on ceasefire, and this is exactly what happened.

 The second point is that the enemy forces have refrained from carrying out a military operation the Israeli leaders had repeatedly threatened of and even prepared for by summoning the Israeli army reserve.

 Nevertheless, the main questions to be asked, from our viewpoint, are: has anything changed in the region's strategic environment after developments in the past two years and the talk about "Arab Spring"? Is there any change in resistance stances following the Syria events, the attempts to target Iran and the repercussions of regional developments on Lebanon?

 Analyzing stances away from political and ideological convulsion, we can say that the Zionist enemy and its American allies have reached some conclusions; the first is that nothing has been changed in the Egyptian stance in the strategic sense, as Egypt has played the role of the mediator between the Palestinians and the Israelis without being biased to resistance, and this was the same Egyptian stance adopted four years ago during Israel's aggression on Gaza. The only change in Egypt’s role as a mediator is  that in the past Egypt used to convey messages from Israel to resistance, but now, it is conveying them from resistance to Israel particularly in the presence of  Mrs. Clinton?!!

  The Second and more importantly conclusion is the cohesion of the whole resistance front and the support of freedom-loving forces to resistance. These forces have been adherent to their firm and principled stances on supporting the Palestinian resistance in Gaza with all financial, military and political means. This was what had been stressed by some key resistance leaders in the media during the war on Gaza and after reaching the ceasefire agreement.

 These firm stances have strongly shocked the Zionist entity leaders and their regional and international allies who thought that cracks and weaknesses will hit the resistance body after the region’s dramatic events and changes backed by Israel and its allies to serve their interests.

 The aggression on Gaza has uncovered the limited capabilities of the Zionist entity and its continuous need for foreign protection. It has also refuted Israel’s claims of having strategic deterrence abilities through which it used to threaten some countries in the region, since, possessing weapons is something and the ability to use them responsibly is something else.

 This is the most important lesson one can get from the results of the Israeli barbaric aggression on Gaza, and that is what must be taken into consideration by our region's policies maker and implementers who are still obsessed with the illusion that the Zionist entity is an undefeatable force.


Dr. Khalf al-Muftah


Translation: Hamda Moustafa