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MP Marie Bittar to ST: Syrian Government Misses No Chance to Release Abductees Held by Terrorists

The Syrian Member of Parliament Marie Bittar has affirmed that the Syrian government does not miss any chance for negotiation with armed groups in order to stop the shedding of blood and to release abductees especially in Douma city in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.

In a statement to the Syriatime e-newspaper, the MP made it clear that there are around 6000 civilians and military abductees held by armed groups- affiliated to Turkey and Saudi Arabia- in the city of Douma, which has become under the fire of Syrian army.

Strategic Expert to ST: Fresh "Jaish al-Islam" Terror Attacks on Damascus Aim to Blackmail Syrian Government

The fresh terror attacks being carried out by the so-called ‘Jaish al-Islam’- positioned in Douma city in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus- against the capital aims to blackmail the Syrian government and to prevent the completion of Syrian army’s victory against terrorist groups around Damascus, the Military and Strategic expert, retired Brigadier-General Haitham Hassoun, told the Syriatimes e-newspaper on Saturday.

The retired officer made it clear that the so-called ‘‘Jaish al-Islam’ seeks to blackmail the Syrian government in order to change the terms of the evacuation deal including the evacuation destination- towards south or east- especially for the high-ranking leaders, and the amount of money which ‘Jaish al-Islam’ terrorists want to take with them and to make administrative gains inside Douma city.

Syrian MPs say Trump’s Syria withdrawal comment is either ‘clean exit’ or ‘blackmail attempt’

Although it is hard to foresee whether the US President Donald Trump has been serious or not about his unexpected announcement last Thursday that the US would ‘be coming out of Syria like very soon’, it is important to know what the US withdrawal from Syria will mean to Damascus and Washington.

From the viewpoint of the Secretary of the Syrian People’s Assembly [Parliament] Khalid Abboud, this move would be a ‘clean’ exit as it became the only choice for the United States.

 “The US president was talking truthfully, despite the fact that he was often a liar…The clean exit from Syria became the only choice for the US because of its failure to achieve its goals,” he said, asserting that the presence of the US troops in Syria became useless for the US.

Indonesian Diplomat to ST: Situation in Syria Getting Better After Syrian Army Liberated Wide Areas from Terrorism

The ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Damascus Djoko Harjanto has said that his country, which experienced the agony of terrorism, has supported Syria in its war against terrorism over the past seven years and it will take part in rebuilding infrastructures in the country.

In an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper, the Indonesian diplomat, who has been in Damascus over the past four years, gave details about how his country supported Syria and how he himself played a key role in explaining the reality of events in Syria before the public opinion in Indonesia.

Cultural Activities in Syria a Message of Peace and Love From Cradle of Civilization to the World

Culture activities in Syria aim to send a message of peace and love from Syria, the cradle of culture and civilization, to the entire world and to stress the intellectual and artistic steadfastness of the Syrians, Deputy Minister of Culture Tawfik Al-Imam told the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sidelines of the "Childhood and Innovation" festivity held last Thursday at Dar-Al-Assad for Culture in Lattakia province.

The cultural event, held by the Ministry of Culture's Child Culture Directorate, aimed to honor the winner children from Lattakia who had participated in the ministry's annual artistic and cultural competitions. Participants in the competitions were children aged 5-17 years representing all the Syrian provinces.

Among honored winners from Lattakia province were children of martyrs as well as some children with special needs.

Despite all the hard circumstances caused by the terrorist war imposed on Syria, the takfiri terrorists couldn’t extinguish the candle of culture in the country, said Mr. al-Imam.