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Participants in the International Conference on the Return of Syrian Refugees say to Syria Times:

On November 11,  the International Conference on the Return of Syrian Refugees kicked off  at the Umayyad Palace for Conferences in Damascus.It was hosted by the Syrian government.

The two-day Conference discussed ways of putting an end to the suffering of the refugees and to facilitating their return home.

27 states including Russia, Iran, Lebanon, Oman, Belorussia, Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan and others with 12 international NOGs and agencies including International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) participated in the Conference.

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affair and Expatriates Dr. Ayman Sousan said that Syria has invited all countries to the conference except Turkey because the Erdogan’s regime is the main supporter of terrorist organizations in Syria.

 “The United Nations is participating in the Conference but the Europeans and Americans boycotted the Conference because it comes against their plots and policies in Syria,” Dr. Sousan said to Syria Times on the sideline of the Conference.

 “The American and European unfair unilateral sanctions on Syria hinder the return of Syrian refugees. A Syrian refugee who  wants to return to his home and to find a job will be hindered by  these sanctions . Russia is a key ally to Syria in the war against terrorism and in the rebuilding process and in achiving  stability and security in Syria, Dr. Sousan added.

Dr. Sousan welcomed  Iran’s Senior Assistant to the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Asghar Khaji’s call to establish a fund to sponsor the rebuilding process in Syria.

 “The Iranian idea is a very good one. The international community and the states which participate in demolishing Syria through supporting the terrorist groups in Syria should participate in rebuilding what they destroyed,” Dr. Sousan said.

A Member of the Russian State Duma Demetri Sableen said that the Russian participation in the Conference is the largest participation in any international conference out of Russia.

 “This Conference is very important for Syria. The end of war in Syria is not only a ceasefire but it needs the return of Syria's economic life and refugees,” Demetri Sableen said to Syria Times.

 “I expected good results from this Conference especially in boosting the Syrian -Russian relations,” Sableen added.

Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) Shevtsov Pavel said that his organization has a policy of cooperating with all world’s states including Syria on giving scholarships for students to study in Russia.

 “Every year we give  about 500 scholarships to Syrian students in Russia’s universities in the faculties of medicine, engineering, and letters,” Shevtsov Pavel said to Syria Times.

 “ President Vladimir Putin and we  believe that the people should live on their lands not as refugees in other countries. Syrians were forced to leave their country. This conference is very important to ease the return of Syrian refugees,” Pavel said.

 “ We believe that it is good to work on both  the political solution of the Syrian Crisis with the return of refugees to their country,” Pavel added.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus Yruy Sluka said that he represents his country in the Conference and supports the Syrian government.

 “Belarus presented humanitarian aid to Syria. In the years of 2016, 2017 and 2018, we invited more than one thousand Syrian children to spend summer time in Belarus to recover and present medical help for them if they needed. After the Corona pandemic, we will again invite more children,” Ambassador Yruy Sluka said to Syria Times on the sideline of the Conference.

 “The Syrian -Belarus Joint Commission held a meeting in Damascus in August 2019 and boths sides, Syria and Belarus, signed a road map for rebuilding projects in different fields such as industry, electricity, and others,” Ambassador Yruy Sluka added.

About 120 Syrian reporters and journalists in addition to 80 Russian reporters and tv crews participated in covering the Conference’s activities and sessions.


Reported by: Obaida Hamad