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Premier Appreciates True Media Coverage of Events in Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST) _Prime Minister Dr. Wael Halqi stressed the need that various  media  should demonstrate transparency, objectivity and credibility while covering  events in Syria, considering that  misinformation is one of the key levers of the global  war against the Syrian people.

During his meeting  with the delegation representing the German  "Jul A G" media  establishment, al- Halqi  expressed appreciation for the European and world  media which  conveys the true  events  happening in Syria to the  world honestly and sincerely in order to unmask the  reality of the war, hatched against Syria by  Arab and Western countries through sending  , takfiris and "al-Nusra Front " terrorists  to Syria to undermine her steadfastness and implementing  divisive schemes in the Arab region.


 He pointed to the  unjust western economic  siege against the Syrian people and held western governments responsible  for its consequences.

He stressed  that the democratic process is deeply rooted  in Syria , noting the  continuous strive to meet  the requirements of the Syrian people to judicial, administrative, social, economic and legislative reforms , reflected in  the political program  to  resolve the crisis and the government's bid to implement it  in collaboration with all  Syrians  who are keen  to maintain the  unity of Syria's land and people.

" In parallel , the government seeks to secure citizens living needs , including foodstuffs ,oil derivatives, electricity and medicines,  besides  working on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of what was destroyed by the  armed terrorist  Takfiri groups in various  country 's provinces." The Prime minister said.

For his part, the German media delegation indicated the   distorted image of what is happening in Syria as a result of misinformation and what they have seen  of firm solidarity between the Syrian army, people and leadership in confronting terrorist groups.

Dr al-Halqi  expressed hope that the visiting delegation will  convey the reality of what they have seen in Syria to the world, stressing that the Syrian people will emerge victorious,  thanks to cohesion between the  army , people and leadership in addressing this global war ,  drying the sources of terrorism and restoring  security and stability to Syria.


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Giving Syria's Arab League seat to"opposition", dangerous precedent: Iran

Iran has criticized the Arab League (AL) for giving Syria's seat to the foreign-backed opposition, warning that the move will set a “dangerous” precedence in the Arab world.

This hasty decision can turn into a new procedure and be applied to other Arab League member states in the future, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday,according to the Press TV.

    “This measure taken by the Arab League will be taken to mean the end of the [Arab] League’s role in the region,” he noted.

The Iranian official also advised Arab leaders to end their silence toward Israel's aggression and crimes and focus their efforts on supporting the Palestinian people.

Damascus has censured the decision and condemned the Arab League for giving the country's "stolen seat to bandits and thugs," Syrian government daily al-Thawra said in a report published on Monday.

Iraq and Algeria are the only countries that have expressed reservations about the decision, while Lebanon has opposed the move.


Iran Urges Int'l Community to React to Terrorists' Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Iran called on the UN to adopt proper measures to prevent terrorists from using chemical weapons against the Syrian people again.

Iranian top diplomat Ali Akbar Salehi urged the United Nations to condemn the use of chemical weapons by the terrorists against the Syrian nation.

In a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, he condemned the terrorist act of the terrorists in Syria in using chemical weapons against the nation, and called on the international body to adopt preventive measures to stop repetition of such accidents.

The letter, a copy of which was also sent to president of the UN Security Council, pointed to the massacre of a number of defenseless Syrian civilians in the city of Alepo by terrorist groups, and stressed that the act was a serious threat to the international peace and security.

Salehi said it also clearly negated the international legal norms, including the convention on banning the use of chemical weapons.

Salehi reiterated that Iran as the biggest victim of chemical weapons has always condemned the terrorist approach of the terrorists in  Syria and expected all governments and international organizations, including the UN to strongly condemn such behavior and spare no efforts to prevent its recurrence.

He also urged them to carry out an impartial investigation to find out supporters and sponsors of the inhuman act.

Noting that the crime was committed on the threshold of the third conference to revise regulations relating to the chemical weapons, Salehi emphasized the need for the thorough, effective and indiscriminate implementation of the convention by signatory countries, especially the absolute elimination of destructive weapons by their owners.

The letter concluded by stressing that use of chemical weapons by governments and dissident groups under any conditions was unacceptable.

Last Tuesday, terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo and reports indicated that around 25 people were killed, most of them civilians.

On Wednesday, Syria asked for an independent investigation into the use of chemical weapons by militants in Aleppo.

Later, Ban Ki-moon announced the decision for conducting an independent investigation into the terrorist chemical attack.


Brics nations meet to cement relationships

The humidity and sub-tropical rain in South Africa's port city of Durban is doing little to dampen the enthusiasm for the fifth Brics summit, the first time the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have met in Africa.

The grouping has come a long way since 2001, when the acronym was first coined by the then head of global economics for Goldman Sachs, Jim O'Neill.

The largest emerging economies represent 25.9% of the world's land mass, 43% of the population and 17% of global trade. The group also accounts for a quarter of the world's gross domestic product (GDP) in terms of purchasing power parity,according to the BBC.

Indeed, a recent report from the United Nations Development Programme states that "by 2020, the combined economic output of three leading developing countries alone - Brazil, China and India - will surpass the aggregate production of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the United States".

Enthusiasts will spend this week pointing to the latest woes of the Eurozone and the crisis in Cyprus, to give force to their argument that the fulcrum of world economics is changing and the Brics are at the center of that change.

"We've never seen the total realignment of global politics and economics the way we've seen in the last two to three years," says Abdullah Verachia from the consultants Frontier Advisory. "That's why this Brics grouping has become so influential."

Ruchir Sharma, the head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley, points out that the Brics are split over commodity prices. China and India, which import vast amounts of commodities, want lower prices. The exporters of Brazil, Russia and South Africa want higher prices.

There are also several other sources of tension between the Brics on trade issues.

Cheap imports from China into South Africa have been blamed for at least part of the decline in the country's manufacturing sector. South Africa itself has been taken to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a row over the import of Brazilian chickens. Regulations and bureaucratic red tape in India have also troubled its Brics partners.

"Making it easy to do business is certainly something that will assist in the growth of trade between the Brics countries," says Sunil Joshi, chief executive of Neotel, a South African telecoms company largely owned by the Indian conglomerate Tata.

"I think intellectually stimulating conversations will happen at the Brics Summit to enable that.

"We look forward to some of the progress being made in that space."

Location and cost

BRICS leaders at the 2012 BRICS Summit Brics leaders hope to build on progress made at last year's summit

One of the biggest conversations that is due to happen at the summit is about the possible foundation of a Brics bank.

There is a tremendous desire to set up a development bank that would aim to improve infrastructure within the Brics nations.

Part of this desire stems from a feeling of mistrust that the Brics, particularly China, have towards established structures such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.


Syrian National Dialogue Forum Concluded

DAMASCUS, (ST) – The Syrian National Dialogue Forum has stressed that the only way out of the crisis in Syria is unconditional dialogue.

Concluding its meeting on Monday, the two-day Forum affirmed the need to halt all forms of violence and called on all concerned parties  to join dialogue as soon as possible.

The conferees held the West responsible for the outcomes of the unjust economic siege which claimed the lives of many Syrians, pointing out that participants in the forum will prepare files to put those responsible for the siege to international trail and to assess the material losses caused by direct and indirect foreign intervention so as to ask for legitimate compensation.

The forum condemned in its final communique the Arab League's (AL) decision to offer the "armed Syrian opposition" Syria's AL seat.

"The Syrian Arab Army is the only legitimate party which has the right to carry weapon and the Syrians depend on this army to stop civil war possibilities.", the statement said.

It urged the government to accelerate efforts so as to improve the living standards of citizens and the logistic conditions of the Syrian Arab Army.

It also called on the government to pay compensations for the victims of terrorist acts, to deal positively with the issues of detention, kidnapping, refugees and displaced family and to punish corruptors.

The statement noted that the conferees agreed on main points relating to the Charter, the constitution, the state's authorities and the national unity government. More discussions are to be held within specialized committees meetings with the purpose of reaching specific formulas that is to be presented at coming dialogue forums and conferences.

They stressed the importance of organizing visits to some key capitals so as to explain the current situation and dangers as well as the basic humanitarian needs of citizens.

The forum warned of the ongoing developments at the borders with the Zionist enemy and of the Turkish direct interferences particularly at the Syrian-Turkish borders, stressing that these provocations necessitate launching popular resistance and action to liberate the occupied Syrian Golan and Iskenderun province which is still being occupied by Turkey.

H. Mustafa