Gained but never missed opportunity

The 11th round of talks on the crisis in Syria is concluded in the Kazakh capital, Astana today with a final statement, exactly up to the expectations and demands of the majority of Syrians. However, the wording of the statement is never enough as to meet the badly needed for deeds and measures on the ground, particularly regarding the presence of occupation troops on the sacred territories of Syria, not to mention the undiminished backing for terrorists on the ground by some countries, including USA, Britain, France, Turkey and some Gulf ewes!

The majority of the Syrians are indeed happy and satisfied regarding the wording of the statement, particularly as regards  commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter," ''rejecting all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighbouring countries''.

The final statement by the guarantors of Astana Framework underscored determination to fully implement the Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Area of 17 September 2018, stressed the importance of a lasting ceasefire while underlining the necessity to continue effective fight against terrorism, emphasized that under no circumstances the creation of the above-mentioned de-escalation area should undermine the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic".

"first and foremost is the citizen"


On July 17, 2000, H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad said in his landmark historic speech ''as we are talking about everything that concerns our people at the domestic as well as external fronts we should not forget that there are the unknown soldiers who do not exert efforts only but who pay with their souls without any price. They are the sons of our military forces, the guardians of our country, the source of our pride and the symbol of bravery and heroism who were and will remain to be ready to defend our country and support our brothers. Our military forces shall remain an example of honor, and perfect national and responsible behavior and shall always remain the focus of our great attention in order to remain able to carry out their duties whenever they are called upon.''

'' All our love and appreciation to the members of our glorious army and our high respect and loyalty to the innocent martyrs who fell in battles of honor and duty. I shall not forget to mention our brave people on the Golan who cling tenaciously to their country and their Arab nationality rejecting Zionist existence in all its forms and we say to them we are with you and our steadfastness together is the guarantee that our land will be liberated.

"Dear people, My trust in you is infinite and so is my love to you. I hope you will allow me to emphasize to you a fact I feel that the man you have known and loved some of his merits and exchanged trust and love with him will not change at all once he assumes his post. He came out of the people and lived with them and shall remain one of them. You may expect to see him everywhere whether in the work place or on the streets or in your picnics in order to learn from you and sharpen his determination by his contact with you and shall work for you as he has always done. The man who has become a president is the same man who was a doctor and an officer and first and foremost is the citizen."

The Strategic Role of Syria

The opening of Syria's crossing points with Jordan, the occupied part of the Israeli occupied Golan, and the ongoing measures as to cleanse what remains of terrorists and their backers as to reopen all crossing points with Iraq and Turkey is but the restoration of right, justice, peace and stability to Syria. It is a clear sign of victory against terrorism and its  supporters.

According to many analyses, one of the main reasons for such a terrorist large-scale aggression, supported by tens of the ewes, new colonialists and greedy powers,  was to dismember Syria into tiny parts and to isolate her.

Syria is indeed the cradle for geography, history and for civilization. Syria, thanks for the brave Martyrs, wounded heroes, for her Army, People, President, allies and anti-terrorism forces, was able to keep its unity, integrity and independence.

October Liberation 2018


DAMASCUS, (ST)_ On the 45th   Anniversary of October Liberation War, the Syria Times is honored to publish the historic speech of the late President Hafez Al-Assad on this occasion:

Brotherly citizens,

Our brave soldiers and army officers,

Our great people,

I salute each and every one of you. I address in you, today, the true Arabian spirit, the spirit of courage and heroism, the spirit of sacrifice and giving.

I address in you, your love to the homeland, and your faith in the cause you have decided to defend. For more than a week, the enemy has been mobilizing  and premeditating its forces, thinking it will deal a treacherous blow to us. But we were vigilant enough to monitor its movements and cantonments, and to repel its new potential aggression.  We did not allow the enemy to take us by surprise. So, our armed forces respond appropriately  to it  . Our brothers in Egypt did  not allow  the aggression  to take them by surprise. The great army of Egypt rushed to defend the dignity of Egypt and the dignity of the Arab Nation. Greetings to our army and  to our people, and a tribute to the army of Egypt and the great Arab people of Egypt.

THE Most Gratifying Human Talk

Sheihk Sabah Al-Mohamad, the Kuwaiti Al-Dar Media Group Chairman, met during his recent visit to Damascus with H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad. Sheihk Sabah published, in Arabic, some of President Assad's quotes, his own observations and impressions about his meeting with President Assad, according to

 I have had the honour to meet H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad at his home in Damascus and to have a one and half hour talk with him. It has indeed been the most gratifying human talk with the distinguished Arab Leader. H.E. President Assad was in person receiving me at the entrance of his house smiling with pride, self-confidence and elegance. It has indeed been a cordial social meeting in a magical setting in a white salon, wall, white chairs and white marble overlooking from a wooden Damascene window a green garden, and with a refreshing drink of flowers conducive to the setting whiteness.