Foreign Ministry: Terrorist Bombings, Random Shelling against Civilians Characterize Armed Groups Activities



DAMASCUS, (ST) - The repeated suicide bombings and the random targeting of civilian districts in Damascus and many Syrian provinces with mortar shells have characterized the activities of the foreign and regional-backed armed terrorist groups in Syria, the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Tuesday, citing as an example the latest terrorist suicide explosion which rocked the Sabe' Bahrat and al-Shahbandar areas in Damascus and which claimed the lives of innocent Syrians and caused huge material damage.

In  two identical letters to President of the UN Security Council and the United Nation Chief, the Ministry said that these terrorist attacks have been targeting civil institutions including education, media, cultural, medical, religious and humanitarian facilities. The political and financial support being provided by foreign and regional countries to the armed groups and mercenaries in Syria allows perpetrators to give no heed to laws and makes them think that they will keep away from any kind of accountability in the light of the double standard policies of some countries as regards their commitment to fighting international terrorism.

The Ministry pointed out that the Arab League's (AL)  latest decision, which was adopted in March 26th, 2013 and which called for arming and financing terrorists, has evidently proved the AL's carelessness about countries' legal obligations concerning terrorism fighting and it turned the AL to be a tool for destabilizing the region.

The Ministry's letter stressed that making the political settlement efforts to solve the crisis in Syria based on national dialogue a success, necessitates from the countries which provide funding, training, arming and sheltering to terrorist groups to halt such a policy as it violates their international obligations as well as UN resolutions.

"Syria reiterates its call on the Security Council to adopt a firm and clear stance that confirms its keenness to fight terrorism  and sends a message to the terrorists and the countries backing them stressing that the international community is serious about fighting this plague wherever it is and whenever it happens," the Ministry said.

It concluded by affirming Syria's determination to combat terrorism and chase the terrorists through carrying out the Syrian Arab Army's duty to defend the integrity of the homeland and its national institutions and to preserve the state's sovereignty.


H. Mustafa


Syrian Youths' Role in Enhancing Dialogue, Abandoning Violence Stressed

DAMASCUS, (ST) - The Syrian youths have a very important role in building renewable Syria as they are the hope of the nation in achieving an all-out development. They represent the open-minded, tolerant and moderate generation vis a vis the criminal Takfiri thinking, said Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

The remarks were made during the meeting of the ministerial Committee tasked with following up the implementation of the political program to solve the crisis in Syria with a group of promising Syrian youths.

The Premier focused on the young Syrians role in enhancing the culture of dialogue, tolerance and amity and in abandoning violence in order to create a suitable environment to accelerate the process of holding a comprehensive national dialogue conference which is the only way out of the crisis.

Al-Halqi reviewed the economic situation in Syria under the economic challenges and the global war Syria is facing, stressing the national economy's ability to overcome these challenges and meet citizens' needs. He appreciated the Syrian Arab Army's efforts aiming to rid the country from terrorists and affirmed that the government insists on attaining security and stability nationwide.

For their part, the Syrian youths renewed their support for the political program to solve the crisis, appreciating the government's efforts to enhance the national economy and help the Syrian people withstand the conspiracy.

They presented their views and suggestions to enrich the forthcoming dialogue conference and concentrated on promoting confidence and tolerance among the people of the homeland, tackling the kidnapped and detainees issue, fighting administrative and financial corruption and attaining a balanced and sustainable development, improving socio-economic conditions of rural areas and creating job opportunities for the youths.

Following the meeting, some of the young participants talked to the press about the importance of the meeting as being an opportunity for the youths to contribute to solving the crisis. They stressed that the current circumstances necessitate from all to contribute to saving Syria by making the political solution a success.


H. Mustafa       

Hand-in Hand

Reactions in strong terms to the Arab League's latest decision concerning Syria received and are still receiving worldwide condemnations.

Actually, the problem is not only confined to the decision's repercussions but also to the unprecedented AL's move that will definitely undermine the basis of work at regional and international organizations.

  It is obvious that the said decision was thoroughly discussed by the vicious powers spearheaded by the US and the western-backed puppet states (Qatar and Saudi Arabia).

President Obama's recent visit to the region has strongly contributed in supporting efforts in a bid to topple the Syrian government.

When the Syrians inched forward concerning attaining the peaceful solution to the two-year long crisis, the global conspiracy intensified.

However, it is to no avail the France ignored its previous decision to arm the terrorists in Syria while Britain gave no ear to the terrorists' demands. No one can deny that the moves of the said powers are grave and they must totally halt support to mercenaries simply because only the Syrian are able to peacefully and through dialogue attain security and stability to the cradle of civilization, thanks to unlimited sacrifices of the Army and first and foremost backing the legitimate and the elected leader of Syria H.E President Bashar Al-Assad.  


By:Ahmad Orabi Baaj


Translated and edited by:Maysa Wassouf

Al-Halqi hopes to expand development relations with Iran

DAMASCUS (ST)-Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has asserted the deeply rooted relations between Syria and Iran and the role played by it in promoting economic and trade relations.

During the meeting held with Iranian Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Rida Shibani, al-Halqi underlined the importance of expanding economic, trade and development between the two countries through easing measures, eradicating administrative bureaucracy, reactivating the signed agreements and signing new ones.

The talks also dealt with means of enhancing cooperation in the field oil, medicine, finance, banking, food supplies  and consumption.

Al-Halqi thanked the Iranian government and people for their firm stances towards the Syrian leadership and people in the face of the conspiracy targeting them and in enhancing steadfastness of the Syrian people.

The Premier outlined victories of our brave army achieved in eliminating the armed terrorists groups, referring that the government seeks to consolidate the culture of dialogue, tolerance and abandoning violence for launching the comprehensive national dialogue conference.

“The government also works to ensure citizens’ daily life needs and to support potentials of the national economy which is still strong and able to confront challenges as a step to realize a financial and economic stability in the Syrian market”, al-Haqi added.

From his part, the Ambassador Shibani expressed his country’s support to Syria, voicing his trust in the two countries’ capability as regards confronting the challenges, defeating aggression forces and foiling US-Zionist schemes in the region.   

O. Al-Mohammad   

Syria rejects expanding UN probes into chemical weapons

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Foreign and Expatriates Ministry  has rejected the UN Secretary General's demand to expand tasks of the specialized technical mission formed to investigate the use of the terrorist groups of chemical weapons against civilians in Khan al-Asal in Aleppo province.

An official source at the ministry said the extra tasks demanded by Ban Ki-moon contradict the Syrian demand and indicate plotted intentions of the states, which have sought to add them, as they mean to allow the mission to spread across Syria.

This, the source added, is a breach of the Syrian sovereignty.

It regreted that the UN Secretary General had yielded to pressures of the states which back bloodshed in Syria.


"Syria can't accept such maneuvers from the UN General Secretariat, taking into consideration the negative role it played in Iraq to pave the way for the US invasion," the source said.

It underscored that Syria was and still ready to cooperate with the General secretariat as regards sending the mission, immediately, to Khan al-Asal according to the latter sent by Foreign and Expatriates Ministry to Ki-moon on April 5th.

Last month, Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, asked Ki-moon to form a "specialized , independent and neutral technical mission to investigate the use of the terrorist groups of chemical weapons against civilians.

The letters exchanged by the two sides in this regard till April 3rd, indicated positive progress, but it was stopped after Ban Ki-moon's demand made during his existence in the  Hague.

Basma Qaddour