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Iran, China commend President Al-Assad's plan

Iranian and Chinese foreign ministry officials have  announced that the initiative set forth by President Bashar Al- Assad to settle Syria crisis is realistic.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affaires, Hossein Amir Abdollahian told IRNA after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi that both Iran and China commend the Syrian president for the peace initiative to end bloodshed,according to IRNA.

He said that during the talks and consultations with Chinese officials in Beijing there were discussions on the Middle East and Gulf developments, including Syria and Bahrain crises.

"We believe that the Syrian issue is on the road to progress and we should help people of the country, while supporting a political settlement offered by Bashar Al-Assad."

He referred to close stand of Tehran and Beijing on international developments and said, "Both countries are seriously calling for non-intervention of the foreign governments in Syria, and end to the terrorist measures and border control."

Abdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly supports people of Syria.

He said that military and security moves are doomed to failure and support of certain countries for terrorist groups have had no other outcome but heavy fatality and damage to infrastructure of Syria.

He added that in consultation with the Chinese officials there appeared consensus that should focus on further concentration on the political strategy.

"Iran and China also agreed that the peace plan presented by Bashar Al-Assad considered the political strategy, cessation of violence and border control as a realistic plan."

The official said that among other issues discussed with the Chinese officials were related to Bahrain.

Abdollahian said, "We are highly concerned that lethal chemical gases are used against people of Bahrain and human rights violations are growing."

"Necessary warnings have been issued to Bahrain rulers over recent months through international circles. We believe that alike Syria, the strategy in the country is merely political and must be directed toward national dialogue."


Mushaweh opens reading house in old Damascus

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Houses of Syrian prominent figures are to be reading houses to disseminate culture within a new project launched by the Ministry of Culture.

Dr.Lubana Mushaweh ,the  Culture Minister, on Wednesday opened the Hall of Scholar Mohammad Saeed al-Orfi (member of Arabic Language Academy in Damascus).

The Hall located in Qanawat alley would include rooms to show issues of the Syrian Writers General Commission to revive old cultural traditions such as "Katatib", "al-Hakawati" and magic box.

The scholar's family wanted to immortalize him through taking part in the national project that seeks to revive heritage and to spread culture in Damascus alleys.

The family would rehabilitate the hall, which includes unique antiques, to attract children to read books and learn simple handcrafts.

Moreover, the hall would include a shop for selling the Writers Commission's issues.

The Scholar Saeed al-Orfi was born in DeirEzzor city in 1896 and worked as Mufti of Euphrates Valley. He took part in the 1919 revolution against the British colonialist. 

In 1942, he was elected as a member f the Arab Scientific Academy in Damascus.

Al-Orfi spoke several languages fluently and wrote a number of books.

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Not condemning terrorist crimes in Syria 'immoral', says FM

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The blacklisted al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra  has perpetrated new terrorist crime against the Syrian citizens who staged protests to call for the departure of terrorists from their suburbs.

In two identical letters sent to the International Security Council and the UN Secretary General, the Syrian Expatriates and Foreign Ministry said: "al-Qaeda organization is continuing its criminal terrorist acts in Syria through Jabhat al-Nusra (terrorist tools of al-Qaeeda organization)."

The organization detonated two booby-trap cars on January,16th, 2013 in Idleb province (Northwestern Syria, near Syria-Turkey borders) killing at least 22 citizens, injuring another 30 ones, causing heavy material damages .

According to SANA, the letters noted that the two explosions come after the tragedy of shelling Aleppo University by the armed terrorist groups where 87 students and citizens were martyred.

The ministry also cited that, over the last weeks, the Syria law-enforcement units have succeeded to save life of hundreds of Syrian citizens through foiling dozens of suicide operations targeting cities ad villages.

It clarified that the suicide operations recently took place in Idleb province aimed to take revenge of the citizens, who took part in protest marches two days ago against the presence of terrorists In their area.

"The terrorist operations mainly seek to silence the voices that call for halting terrorism and violence in Syria," the ministry said, stressing that those voices appealed to the international and regional powers to stop backing terrorism.

Syria restated its determination to implement the UN resolutions related to combatting terrorism, including the UN resolution No.1373 stipulates for stop funding and supporting terrorist acts.

It underscored need for combatting terrorism whose catastrophe excludes neither countries nor individuals.

"Preventing the UNSC from condemning the terrorist acts could be only described as an 'immoral' stance and encouragement to the terrorist groups to go ahead in killing and destruction," the ministry said.

It added that the Syrian government has outlined its political plan based on national dialogue to resolve the crisis n the Syrian Arab Republic.

The national dialogue to be launched among the Syrians and under Syria's leadership is the only way to achieve stability and security in Syria, region and the world, according to the ministry's letters.

Syria hopes that countries, which practice double- standard policy and bias towards criminals under false pretexts, would reconsider their stances and join principle of right, justice, combatting terrorism, slamming it, and adopting necessary steps to prevent it.

Yesterday, the ministry addressed two letters to the UNSC about the terrorist groups' crime in Aleppo University. It called on the UNSC members to condemn the savage crime.


Lavrov: Statements Blaming Syrian Government for Aleppo blast "blasphemous"




Dushanbe, Tajikistan, (ST) – Russia's Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov on Thursday strongly criticized US statements blaming the Syrian government for the terrorist act which targeted Aleppo University on Tuesday claiming the lives of more than 80 people.

 He described the statements as "blasphemous".

 In a news conference in the Tajik Capital ,Dushanbe, Lavrov said he yesterday watched a report on the CNN claiming that the Syrian government forces are responsible for Aleppo criminal blast.

 "I can't imagine any thing more blasphemous," Lavrov told reporters.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian foreign ministry blamed the armed terrorist groups for the explosion.

 Replying a question on whether the difference in interpreting Aleppo events may affect the Russian-US relations, Lavrov pointed out "I can't understand how a terrorist act be a pretext for differences," stressing that presidents of many countries as well as the United Nations have described what happened in Aleppo as a terrorist act.

 The Russian top diplomat reiterated that Moscow was against the Swiss initiative on referring the "Syrian file" to the International Criminal Court.

 "We should answer the question: What is more important for us?" If the most important for us is to condemn someone, then it's one logic," Lavrov said, stressing that the most important issue is to focus on halting violence.


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Retired British spies recruited to hack into Syrian governments's communication network

British intelligence chiefs are recruiting retired spies to help terrorists in Syria beat the Syrian government forces by hacking into their communication systems.

Dozens of former ­technicians, expert signals analysts and code-breakers have been approached,according to Daily mail.

An intelligence source said: “Britain has had an arm’s-length policy towards helping the rebellion in Syria but aiding the rebellion in listening into regime force plans will be a huge help.

“The battles being fought in Syria are localised, therefore the communications between local commanders are fairly basic.”

The former spies will set up base in Turkey and teach Syrian rebels how to crack the systems, which the Russians helped to set up.