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Information Ministry condemns Blast in Tripoli

DAMASCUS,(ST)-The information Ministry strongly denounced  the terrorist  blast that hit  the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday afternoon, martyring over 20 and injuring over 50 people.

"Syria strongly slams the cowardly terrorist acts of our people in Tripoli,"reads the statemen released by he ministry.

The ministry called for conducting  "necessary investigations to reveal the culprits behind this filthy act."

The ministry's statement made it clear that   those  who committed the blasphemous crime in Tripoli are the same who committed the explosions in the Southern Suburbs of Beirut.

"these crimes aim at sowing strife and secession, and striking civil peace in Lebanon, reeling it to mayhem and chaos,"underlined the statement.

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UNSC Resolutions, Some Countries' Stances depend on Media Fabrications, Underlines al-Zou'bi

DAMASCUS, (ST)- " the media dimension has a basic role as regards the war against Syria which seeks to distort, harm Syria's image and its government inside and outside Syria. However, the UN Security Council resolutions and stances of some countries have adopted such media fabrications  "underscored Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi.

Al-Zou'bi's remark was made during a meeting he held Thursday with  Russian NGOs  delegation currently visiting Syria.

In this regard, al-Zou'bi informed his quests that banning  the Syrian TV channels from airing itsprograms on Arab Satellite comes within that war to hide the reality from reaching the world public opinion.

The minister branded the ties that binding  the  two peoples in Syria and Russia as deep-rooted and strong.

He appreciates Russia's stances  towards Syria, particularly during the ongoing crisis .

"the Syrian media is carrying on a difficult war, taking into consideration the capabilities it possesses comparing with those of media, the partners in shedding the Syrian blood, "underlined the minister.

Members of the Russian delegation, for their part, expressed the Russian people's support to the Syrian people in confronting terrorism.

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Syrian "opposition" must guarantee safe access for UN mission to suspected chemical attack site - Russia

The Syrian "opposition "ought to allow the visiting UN inspectors to safely access the site of this week's alleged chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The ball is now in the court of the "opposition", which should ensure the [UN] mission's safe access to the presumed site of the incident," the ministry said in a statement on Friday following a telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Lavrov and Kerry "expressed their mutual interest in the UN expert mission currently visiting the country, as well as the need for an impartial investigation into the latest reports claiming the possible use of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus," it said.

"The [Russian] minister stressed that as soon as this information appeared, the Russian side called on the government of Syria to cooperate with the UN chemical weapons experts," the ministry said.

Sources:Voice of Russia, Interfax, Reuters

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Media reports on chemical weapons use untrue, says Mikdad

DAMASCUS, (ST)_Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad dismissed as completely baseless the allegations circulated by some media outlets that the Syrian army has used chemical weapons.

"they{allegations} aim primarily at diverting the  UN mission  in Syria, "underscored Mikdad.

Mikakd's remark was  made  during a meeting he held on Thursday with the Russian NGOs delegation currently visiting Syria.

During the meeting, Mikdad highlighted the Syrian-Russian deep- rooted ties.And highly  appreciated Russia's stances on the ongoing events in Syria at international forums .

"Russia's policy is ethical and  based on the respect for the UN Charter, the international law and combating terrorism, "stressed Mikdad.

Mikdad made it clear that  the events unfolding in Syria have been provoked by terrorism funded by the US, some European states and Saudi Arabia that adopt double-standard policies in dealing with terrorism.

"Syria is interested in making the UN mission in Syria a success, "said Mikdad.

For her part, Chairwoman of the Russian delegation, Lantseva Valentina Alexeeva, Head of the St. Paul the Apostle Foundation voiced  Russian people's support to the Syrian people against terrorism.

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HRD Minister lauds deep-rooted ties between Syria and India

NEW DELHI, (ST)- Indian Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) M. M. Pallam Raju has hailed the deep-rooted ties between Syria and India in all the fields.

"I do hope that  prosperity and stability  will soon  back on the track in Syria", underscored Raju.

Raju's remark was made during a meeting with Syria's Ambassador to India Riyad Abbas.

During the meeting, Raju voiced his concern over the armed terrorist groups' vicious acts in Syria , including the destruction of public and private facilities and targeting of national cadres.

"the HRD is ready to bolster  cooperation with the Syrian government in the field of education," added Raju .

The Indian diplomat here refers to the growing  number of scholarships offered to the Syrian students.

Furthermore ,Raju affirmed  his country's need for benefiting from  the Syrian expertise as regards consolidating  the Arabic language in India.

The Syrian Ambassador, for his part, expressed Syria's appreciation of India for the opportunities it has been offering the Syrian students in the field of education and scholarships.

"hopefully, the already inked agreements between Syria and India will be renewed," stressed Abbas

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