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Al-Halqi speaks about imminent positive results on the ground

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The ministerial committee entrusted with implementation of the endorsed three-stage political plan exchanged with members of the Arab Socialists Movement's politburo view points to make national dialogue a success.

Prime Minister, Wael al-Halqi, who chairs the committee, spoke about positive outcomes of the meetings held with different Syrian spectrums including opposition inside the country and abroad and the armed groups that determine to lay down weapons.

He underscored that a group of gunmen, who laid down their weapons, determine to take part in restoring stability and security to the homeland.

On the other hand, al-Halqi briefed the movement's members on economic situation and measures being adopted by the government in all sectors to pave the ground for holding the comprehensive national dialogue.

The gathering ended in bringing about common view points to back dialogue process.

On January, 9th, the cabinet endorsed the political plan outlined in President Bashar al-Assad's January 6th – speech.

The ministerial committee includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

Basma Qaddour

Maysaloun: Landmark of Evacuation

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ As it is very common with colonialists, the French and British betrayed the Arabs and plotted against them  during the  First World War between 1914 and 1917 and  the betrayal was crystal clear  in  Sykes-Picot and San Remo  agreements  and later in Balfour Declaration.

The French were in a hurry to occupy Syria after the war,  feeling the  insistence of the Syrians to establish their  modern state. This was manifested in the fact that just months after  getting  rid of the Ottoman colonialism,  preparations started  for the Syrian National Conference  and a foundation conference to draw a  constitution for the country was held on  July 13 , 1920, when the French armies  moved towards  Damascus-through Lebanon led by Gen. Guru  who thought he  will enter Damascus without a fight.
As the  French troops moved  towards Damascus , Syrian defence Minister  Youssef al-Azmeh  made up his mind to go out to Maysaloun and fight  the French army with a few  number of soldiers who were  the nucleus of the recently founded  Arab army besides  hundreds of volunteers who decided to defend national honor and dignity.

The battle Maysaloun in July 24, 1920 was but a  declaration of the beginning  of the battle for independence as with the  occupation of the  first meters of the Syrian territory , the first Syrian  martyr in the battle of evacuation sacrificed himself so that  Maysaloun became  a  vivid example that embodies man 's belongingness to his land  .
The Syrians will always remember last words of martyr Youssef al-Azmeh to  King Faisal after asking him to take care of his daughter Laila .. Sublime honor will be  unharmed just  through sacrificing oneself.


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Amity,Tolerence Best Way to Solve Crisis, Locals Tell Premier

DAMASCUS, (ST) –The Ministerial Committee tasked with following up on materializing  of the political program to solve the crisis in Syria on Sunday  received a number of Wadi Barada locals who are interested in dialogue and lay down their weapons.

Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, voiced satisfactory over  the  meeting with people who experienced the laying down of  arms and who suffered its repercussions only to come to a conclusion that  amity and tolerance  are the Syrians' sole hope .

" the plans and programs have been set by the government to support agriculture in Damascus countryside, activate tourism and create job opportunities, in addition to restoring security and stability to all Syrian provinces, "underscored al-Halqi.

Wadi Barada locals positively respond to the government's sincere invitation to dialogue through the administrative and judicial procedures the government has made to enhance credibility.

Furthermore, They made it clear  that such a  meeting  has relay tackled appropriate ways   for solving the ongoing crisis  and restoring security  and stability to the homeland.



Aussies fighting in Syria pose 'threat', says foreign minister Bob Carr

FOREIGN Minister Bob Carr has said an increase in the number of Australians believed to be fighting in Syria marks a significant potential threat to national security and confirmed the Gillard government is currently looking at banning new terrorist organizations.

The Weekend Australian revealed that Australia's spy agency ASIO holds fears at least half of the now 200 Australians believed to be in fighting in Syria are fighting for radical al-Qa'ida offshoot, the al-Nusra Front.

It was also reported the Gillard government was preparing to ban al-Nusra, which has emerged as one of the most formidable brigades in the disparate coalition of groups that makes up the Syrian 'opposition".

Speaking on Sky News' Australian Agenda this morning, Senator Carr said it was a "big" concern that Australians were fighting in Syria, which had "without a doubt" become a magnet for jihadists.

"We are all aware of it and I probably can't go further because I can't comment of matters of security and intelligence but the relevant agencies are fully appraised of this," he said.

"There is a big investment of time and resources going into it, it is clearly a potential threat to Australia," he told the program.

Senator Carr said Australia had to "be deeply concerned" with the influence of al-Qa'ida affiliates within the Syrian "Opposition".

He said Australia was currently having discussions with international allies about whether it would be necessary to proscribe new groups as terror organizations.


Al-Zou'bi opens exhibition of damaged sanctuaries in Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Information Minister Omran al-Zou'bi has underscored the need for documenting terrorists' crimes in Syria, saying that what is going on in the country is a large-scale systematic aggressive war.

Al-Zou'bi's  remark came during the opening ceremony of the 1st documentary exhibition mounted by Dam Post Establishment in al-Baath Newspaper's headquarters in Damascus under the title: "Minarets and church bells in hard  times"

The exhibition included photos of destructive acts that had targeted mosques, churches and holy shrines in Syria over the past six months, and a documentary about terrorist groups' crimes and media role in this regard.

A reporter for Dam Post establishment, Iyad al-Jajeh, said: "the photos show peaceful life in Syria before the arrival of Wahhabis, who came to spread corruption and terrorism in the country."

He clarified that photos of the sanctuaries damaged by terrorists, especially the Great Omayyad Mosque in Aleppo and Saidnaya monastery as well as Sayeda Zainab shrine, were selected to address a message to all spectrums of society.

Representatives from Iranian, Korean, and Chinese embassies , Arab and foreign establishments attended the opening ceremony .

Basma Qaddour