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Al-Halqi meets GUP Executive Bureau

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "the popular organizations have a key role as regards  bolstering  the culture of dialogue and renouncing violence, "said Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remark was made  during a meeting held on Sunday between the ministerial committee ,entrusting with materializing  the political program to solve the crisis in Syria, and  the General Union of Peasants Executive Bureau.

The prime minister told his guests that the government spares no effort to upgrade  the agricultural sector through drawing out plans and programs .


Raising the Issue of Chemical Weapons Aims to Repeat the Iraqi Scenario in Syria - Al-Jaafari

NEWYORK ,(ST)_ Syria 's Permanent Representative to the UN stressed that raising the issue of chemical weapons in Syria  by Western Countries is an integral part of the pressure campaign  on the Syrian people , state and government for obtaining concessions.

In an  interview with the  Lebanese NBN TV yesterday al-Jaafari said that  Syria 's  enemies, since the beginning of the crisis, resorted  to  different methods to pressure Syria and get important political concessions, including the humanitarian aid ,the displaced and the missions of the  Arab  and UN observers , Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi. 

Thousands of al-Qaeda and extremist groups are still   entering Syria across the Turkish border 

In response to what was stated by  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on imposing a no-fly Zone or arming the opposition in the event of proven use of chemical weapons in Syria, Al-  Jaafari pointed out  that the imposition of no-fly zone can be done only through a UN  Security Council resolution , which  is  next to impossible, noting  that the threat of   arming the opposition, is a smokescreen in the eyes because financial and political support has been given continuously for the terrorist groups .

Al- Jaafari  indicated that Turkey has opened   all its borders with Syria for  training and funding thousands of terrorists coming  from all parts of the world , noting what  was stated by Brahimi 's recent briefing at the Security Council a week ago that there are 40 thousand armed foreign terrorists  fighting now in Syria, and  the report issued by a research center in London two weeks ago that 805 European terrorists  are fighting in Syria in with " al-Nusra Front".

He added that  Syria formally  requested  the UN Secretary-General  to assist investigations on  using chemical weapons in Khan al-Asal town in rural  Aleppo and committed  this crime and during the special session of the UN Security Council to discuss the matter the  ambassadors of France and Britain  claimed that chemical  weapon was  used in Homs, since  four months. 

Jaafari added that the  Russian envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin criticized the Franco-British move and considered it an attempt to undermine the Syrian official request  to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo.

Jaafari stressed that the goal of the Western powers is to repeat the Iraqi scenario by opening Syria's doors before  the so-called uncontrolled inspection for violating Syria 's sovereignty through raising allegations relating to the use of chemical weapons. 

Al-Jaafari continued that the  UN founded  two teams to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and after 18 years of inspection  the two committees concluded that there was no such weapons , but Iraq was occupied and destroyed  adding that the most  importantly, that when the inspection committee submitted its  report to the Security Council in 2008 saying it did not  find anything, Western countries rejected  to register the phrase "the Commission did not find anything in Iraq" , and the  work of the committee was terminated in secret and its documents were kept in UN bullet-proof boxes ,sealed with red wax that to be opened  after 60 years .

"The important question is why all this happened in an international organization is supposed to be the incubator of transparency in world diplomacy." Al-Jaafari said. 

Syria's enemies Use UN  Security Council mechanisms to repeat the Iraqi scenario 

Jaafari pointed out that Syria's enemies fabricated many files in order to pressure Syria, but they did not get anything, and therefore they are trying to invest the UN Security Council mechanisms in order to repeat the Iraqi scenario.

Jaafari stressed that the aim of supporting terrorists with money and weapons is to thwart a political solution to the crisis in Syria and that the call made by the Arab League AL Secretary General  to arming the opposition foiled Brahimi mission and refuted AL allegations  to that it  pursues a peaceful settlement.

Al-Jaafari  noted that Syria has formally informed  the UN Security Council documented  messages that there al-Qaeda  affiliated  al-Nusra Front   and other terrorist groups fighting in Syria , adding that  Brahimi spoke about this dimension and the risk of its possible expansion at  Arab and Western levels.


The so-called Arab League launched the Coup de grace on  Brahimi mission 

Al-Jaafari  indicated that the so-called Arab League launched  the coup de grace on Brahimi mission , the same it did for the missions of  Gen. al-Dabi , Koffi   Annan, Gen. Maude because those who manipulated the AL destiny , especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and  Turkey  do not want a peaceful solution that  stops the bloodshed of the Syrian people. 

"Lifting  Syria's hand  from all Arab national  files mean the end of the Palestinian and  the end of the possibility of a Palestinian state", Jaafari said, adding that  and Syria is only  a station and the next station will be Iran, Iraq again, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Algeria. 

"As  Syrians,  we  are all concerned  with  maintaining Syria as a strong and  solid state  and want and  to rebuild it,  being  able to  do that being  at home or abroad." Al-Jaafari emphasized.

Media war against Syria aimed at poisoning the Arab and  world public opinion 

Al-Jaafari emphasized that the  media war against Syria aimed at poisoning the world  and Arab public opinion through the promotion of  wrong images on  what is happening in Syria because no  government kill its  people as they alleged , rather Syria is facing armed terrorists , carrying  out suicide terrorist bombings in residential areas , killing students in schools and universities and destroying the national economy infrastructure .

Concerning the  situation in  the UN Security Council on Syria, al-Jaafari  added that  deliberations are  ongoing and there no clear lines about to the final  destination of  those deliberations, , noting that the Jordanian Foreign Ministry requested a closed session for the UN Security Council on Tuesday to raise the issue of what it calls "Syrian refugees" in Jordan , demanding  international assistance.

He continued that   when the Syrian people hosted  millions of Iraqis who fled the consequences of the U.S and British  invasion and also the  Lebanese and the Palestinians , the  Syrian government did not beg  at the doors of  the  UN Security Council rather carried out its  national responsibility  towards them with no  regret ,t because Syria  believes that helping Arab brothers  is a legitimate, moral and national duty.


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"Russia won't leave Syria alone" , Umakhanov tells al-Zou'bi

MOSCOW, (ST) –"we will not leave Syria alone in the ongoing ordeal .Moscow has a firm stance as regards the crisis in Syria, "said  Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov.

Umakhanov 's remark was made during a meeting held today (Saturday) in Moscow with Information Minister Omran al-Zou'bi.

"Russia and Syria have a deep-rooted history of cooperation  .We are very interested that the situation in Syria to be eventually settled peacefully. The Syrians  only have the right to settle the crisis through a negotiating table. 

In turn,al-Zou'bi underscored that the incessant US hysteria on using chemical weapons by the Syrian government is because of the Syrian Arab army's success in eliminating  terrorists who came from 29 countries with 5,000 gunmen from Yemen.

"the format of the armed opposition in Syria is basically consist of foreign mercenaries who infiltrated into Syria not only from neighboring countries but also from Britain,Australia,France and others, 'affirmed al-Zou'bi.

Syria is seeking to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the grouping of the emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) in the future, the  information minister said.

“We would like to become one day the member of such organizations as the SCO and BRICS,”

Al-Zou'bi  added that  Syria would also like Russia to participate in the country’s reconstruction after the settlement of the crisis in Syria.

In the March declaration at the end of the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, the leaders expressed “deep concern” over the ongoing crisis in Syria and warned against any further militarization of the conflict.

Founded in 2001, the SCO comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The organization consolidates efforts to counter terrorism and radicalization among member countries, and also works on other policy areas such as politics and trade.


Chemical weapons used in Khan al-Assal likely came from Turkey, says al-Zou'bi

MOSCOW,(ST)_Information Minister said the chemical weapon used by the terrorists outside Aleppo province, in Khan al-Assal area, is likely came from Turkey.

Omran al-Zou'bi  also clarified that  the US-western allegations about the Syrian Arab Army's use of chemical weapons in other locations are groundless.

The RT quoted al-Zou'bi as saying: "the rocket strike hit Khan al-Assal area was launched from a place in which terrorists do exists and it isn't far away from Turkish territories."

He cited Syria's support for Russian experts' participation in investigating the possible use of chemical weapons in the attack on Khan al-Assal, reminding that the Syrian government asked for an inquiry into the incident.

Al-Zou'bi, in addition, said that the US has been involved in terrorist operations all over the world. "Now, the US is involved in the terrorist acts in Syria because of its support and silence towards the armed terrorist groups' crimes and the Gulf-Qatari fund for terrorists."  

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Russia Stresses on Political Option in Syria ,Says Bogdanov

BEIRUT, (ST)- "Russia rejects military intervention, calling for intensifying  regional and international efforts to help in finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria, "said the Russian President's Special Representative to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, who is currently on a four-day official visit to Beirut.

Bogdanov's remark was made  during a meeting on Friday with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman where Bogdanov handed over to  President Michel Suleiman a letter from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

In the latter,Russia  voiced  support for stability in Lebanon and for Baabda Declaration which is based on non-interference in other countries' affairs, particularly Syria.

"the only way to solve the crisis in Syria is the political option through dialogue and on the basis of the Geneva Statement, "underscored Bogdanov .

The Russian diplomat made it clear that Moscow is exerting efforts to materialize  the Geneva Statement especially as regards starting dialogue between the Syrian government .

"there is an agreement between the Russian and Lebanese foreign ministries on the necessity of respecting the international principles and conventions when approaching urgent international issues,"noted Bogdanov.

Bogdanov also met Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon Nabih Berri.

"we agree with Berri that dialogue is the only solution to all problems and crisis in the region including Syria,"said Bogdanov.