Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: U.S. Positioned Itself outside the Law and on the Side of Occupation

Member of the PLO Executive Committee Dr.Hanan Ashrawi has underscored that the American use of the veto against the UNSC resolution on al-Quds means that the U.S. has positioned itself alongside Israel, outside the law and on the side of illegality and occupation.

In an email sent by the PLO Department of Culture and Information to the Syriatimes e-newspaper, Dr. Ashrawi said: “By using the veto, the U.S. has positioned itself alongside Israel, outside the law and on the side of illegality and occupation.  It has also become complicit in Israel’s illegal annexation of al-Quds.  As a result, it is facing international isolation and condemnation while attacking the very organization that is globally entrusted with maintaining the rule of law and peace and security throughout the world.”

Ibrahim Alloush to ST: France, Saudi Arabia Share with US Its Goal of Seeing Syria Destabilized, Fragmented

France is acting like a second fiddle to the US Administration, which seeks to continue destabilizing Syria through establishing the so-called ‘New Syrian Army’ and blocking any earnest effort to end the proxy war on Syria, An Arab political intellectual has affirmed.

In an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper, Dr. Ibrahim Alloush said: “France seems to share the same goal of seeing Syria destabilized and fragmented, along with the US government and “Israel”.  Evidently, it is vying for a “share of the pie” as it keeps trying to reserve for itself a place at the table.  In the case of the Geneva 8 conference, France is acting like a second fiddle to the US while seeking in vain to establish itself as some kind of reference point on Syria.  It is really an exercise in vanity and colonial arrogance by a defunct empire pretending that it is still a “major player” in what it calls the “Near East”.”

Syria's Tourism Sector Is on the Mend

Syria's rich history and culture, its natural diversity as well as its historical, touristic and archaeological attractions have made the country an important tourist destination.

The tourism sector in Syria, which has been targeted by systematic terrorist attacks during the ongoing terrorist war on Syria, is now on the mend as many damaged tourism facilities have lately kicked into gear and started to work again.

Within this framework, the National Association for Tourism Development in Syria, which was established in 2013 with the approval of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, exerts major efforts to revitalize the country's tourism and encourage national investment in this sector as Syria has many charming natural landscapes and a unique historical heritage.

President Putin's Visit to Syria Aims to Activate Political Process

 Russia that has helped Syria in driving ISIS terrorists out of the country will now focus on the political process in order to end the war that started in 2011.

The Russian forces have started to withdraw from Syria upon the orders of President Vladimir Putin, who visited Syria yesterday and held talks with President Bashar al-Assad at Hmeimim airbase in Lattakia province.

The visit paid by President Putin to the airbase was very important and it raised the morale of the Russian troops in Syria, according to Deputy Director of the CIS Countries Institute in Moscow, Dr. Vladimir Yevseyev, who told Syriatimes e-newspaper that the Russian Federation will press ahead with supporting Syria to reach a peaceful solution and end the ongoing war in the country.

Archbishop Atallah Hanna to ST: If Arab Leaders Cut Relations with US, They will Lose Nothing

 Archbishop of Sebastia of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of al-Quds [Jerusalem] Atallah Hanna has underscored that boycotting US products and expelling US ambassadors from Arab countries are the reactions wanted from Palestinians and Arab countries after the US president Donald Trump’s recognition of al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that a campaign for boycotting US products has been launched in Palestine following the worst and the most dangerous decision adopted by president Trump, who has been biased towards the occupation ‘state’