Prime Minister:Dialogue to Resolve the Crisis

DAMASCUS, (ST)-"the national economic stakeholders' role is very important as regards backing the national economy plus supporting Syria's struggle in a bid to overcome difficulties and challenges, "Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said.

Al-Halqi's remarks came during a meeting  held on Monday with Ghassan al-Qalaa, chairman of the Union for Chambers of Commerce and a number of businessmen and industrialists.

During the meeting, al-Halqi  briefed businessmen on the administrative procedures and security and judicial guarantees given to the internal opposition and other related issues.

"I invite the businessmen who were forced to leave Syria to back home to strongly participate in rebuilding the country, "affirmed al-Halqi.

"there is  a dire need to boost confidence among all parties only to make the dialogue a success," chairman of the Chambers of Commerce, representatives of the Chambers of Commerce and industry stressed .

Al-Halqi, members of the Ministerial committee agreed  that dialogue is the best choice to come out of the crisis, adding that the government is serious in inviting all social and political powers, including opposition abroad and the armed groups to take part in the dialogue process.



Government Invites All Political, Economic and Cultural Sides to Dialogue

DAMASCUS, (ST)– "the government is committed to dialogue with all political forces and social and economic bodies, including the opposition and coordination committees, "said al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remarks came during a meeting on Sunday between  the ministerial committee and the Damascus University Teaching staff.

Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, who is chairman of the ministerial committee, briefed his guests on the procedures and meetings held by the committee with political forces to forge  common views in a bid to make the   national dialogue a success .

"the government is committed to dialogue with all political forces and social and economic bodies, including the opposition and coordination committees, "underlined al-Halqi.

For their part, Damascus University representatives spoke about  the causes and repercussions of the crisis.

It is worth noting that the ministerial committee, is tasked with preparing for national dialogue.



RCP: Ongoing events in Syria new Type of Colonialist War

MOSCOW, (ST) – What is going on in Syria is a new type of colonialist war waged by foreign-backed armed gangs and mercenaries recruited in the entire Middle East, the Russian Communist Party said in statement on Sunday.

Terrorist Groups Seek Direct Foreign Intervention in Syria

 Earlier Gennadi Zyuganov, Chief of the Russian Communist Party (RCP) warned against foreign military intervention in other countries' internal affairs, pointing out the armed terrorist groups in Syria are perpetrating criminal acts and creating more chaos while waiting for a direct foreign intervention in the country's internal affairs.

In his political report at the party's 15th Conference in Moscow, Zyuganov said the so-called "Arab Spring" was accompanied by foreign intervention in previously prosperous countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya. Foreign-backed armed groups and mercenaries also keep trying to worsen the situation in Syria seeking military intervention.

He added Israel has been the source of tension and wars in the Middle East fore more than six decades. It continues to ignore UN resolutions on ending the Israeli occupation of Arab territories and on establishing an independent Palestinian state.

During the conference, Syria's Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad conveyed a message of greetings on behalf of the Baath Arab Socialist Party to members of the RCP conference.

"Our homeland is experiencing a crisis threatening its security, stability, unity and economy. It was created by armed terrorist groups backed by international, regional and Arab parties aiming to undermine the national stances of the Syrian state and the Baath Party on confronting hegemony, occupation, imperialist and Zionists designs and on supporting resistance to liberate the occupied Arab lands in Syria, Palestine and Lebanon," the message said.

It added that Syria is getting ready to launch national dialogue among all components of the Syrian society to work out a national charter and attain a democratic, secular and pluralist society based on the proposed political program to solve the crisis in Syria.

The message expressed the Baath Party's gratitude and appreciation for the RCP's support for Syria in the face of the global conspiracy hatched against the country and thanked the Russian leadership and people for their solidarity with Syria's struggle to attain justice and peace in the world.


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Erdogan policy on Syria grave mistake, Kilicdaroglu says

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party Kemal Kilicdaroglu has described as “grave mistake” the policy of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan toward Syria.

“Ankara’s government has committed a grave mistake in its positions on Syria,” Kilicdaroglu has told Turkey’s Sky TV .

Kilicdaroglu, who heads the Republican People's Party (CHP), said more Syrians are being killed as a result of Ankara’s financial and military support for the Syrian opposition.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government has said that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals.

Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.

 Kilicdaroglu expressed regret over Turkey’s current approach and called on the government to help resolve the crisis in Syria through inviting all sides to negotiations, rather than supporting the armed opposition.

He rejected any foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs and said any decision on ending the crisis in Syria should be made by Syrians themselves.

On February 15, the Syrian government sent a letter to the United Nations, blasting Turkey's "destructive" role in the conflict that has ravaged the country for the past 23 months.

In the letter, the Syrian Foreign Ministry accused Ankara of publicly supporting and financing militants fighting against the Syrian government and allowing Turkey’s soil to be used for training and housing anti-Damascus terrorist groups.

It also accused Turkey of taking "increasingly hostile stances towards Syria, by blocking measures taken by Damascus for a political solution to end the crisis"


US refusal to condemn Damascus terror act frustrating - Lavrov Russia,China Eye-To-Eye On Crisis In Syria


MOSCOW,(ST)-Moscow is frustrated with Washington's refusal to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning a terrorist attack staged in Damascus on Thursday.

"It leaves us frustrated because until recently all members of the [UN] Security Council with no exception were always committed to resolutely condemning any terrorist attacks, irrespective of who staged these terrorist attacks, where and his motives," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi,according to Voice of Russia.

Russia and China said on Friday they saw eye-to-eye on all the world's problems including the crisis in Syria, as the Chinese foreign minister was in Moscow to prepare a visit by new leader Xi Jinping later this year.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi confirmed after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Communist Party chief and president–in-waiting Xi would visit Russia after he is confirmed as head of state in March to succeed Hu Jintao.

Russia and China have stood shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the two-year crisis  in Syria

"Russia and China have united positions, and promote these united positions in negotiations, on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the crisis in Syrian, Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear programme and other crises," Lavrov said at a news conference alongside Yang.

"On all these cases, we and our Chinese friends are led by one and the same principle – the necessity to observe international law, respect UN procedures and not allow interference from outside in domestic conflicts and all the more the use of force," added Lavrov.

Yang, who held a closed-door meeting with Putin the day earlier, said that the two countries' bilateral relations were of huge importance for the world as a whole.

"We believe together that Russia-China relations do not just have major importance for our countries but have an influence on ensuring peace and development on the planet as a whole."

The 2013 BRICS summit will bring together the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa for the first time on the African continent, a region where Beijing's influence has greatly increased over the last years.