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.

An interview with Rafik Lotf Political analyst on the sidelines of the international conference on the return of refugees

Syria Times team held an interview with the journalist Rafik Lotf on the sidelines of the conference.He explains the importance of participation in the conference.

Lotf stressed that there are many decisions in the coming stage, and the conference comes as a positive and important step for the Syrian state and the issue of Syrian refugees.

America and its allies state that the Syrian refugees refuse to return to their homeland due to the Syrian government, but the truth is otherwise. Syrians have been forcibly displaced from their country due to the conditions of war and for fear of the terrorists were controlling their areas. The reason for their departure wasn’t the Syrian government.

To the end of life’ Feature Movie is filming in Damascus

Syrian-Palestinian filmmaker Basil al-Khatib, along with a number of Syrian movie stars, continue to film the events of the feature film of ‘To the end of life’ in Jober district, eastern Damascus.

Director Basil al-Khatib with dozens of actresses, actors and technical staff are working hard to produce the film among the demolished buildings and roads to show the Syrian war affects through human and emotional stories of Syrian war reporters and soldiers.

The government run Organization for Arab Radio and TV  production  is making this film which is written by writer Samer Muhammad Ismail.

“The film depicts the  true story of a group of war reporters, journalists, soldiers and officers who have dreams and emotional stories to tell.Their destinies come together and unify to face the series of kidnapping by terrorist groups. This united fate shows the Syrian national unity,” famous filmmaker Basil al-Khatib said to Syria Times in the film location. 

“The film tells the story of a war reporter whose name is Lara. She is kidnapped by a terrorist group while covering the military operations. The Syrian Arab Army liberates Lara and returns her to her family,” the film’s writer Samer Muhammad Ismail said to Syria Times.

 “The film sheds light on the Syrian war correspondents’ suffering when covering the war against Syria,” Ismail added.

The Syrian actress Rana Shimess,  the film heroine who plays the role of Lara, said that the film tells the real story of the kidnapping of Syrian war reporter Yara Saleh.

The terroirist armed groups kidnapped Yara Saleh  and  other staff who were working for the state-run Damascus -based Al-EkhbariyahSyria, Syrian News Channel in August 2012, in Tal Manin village, north Damascus. 

“ Lara is a war reporter who covers the news of the Syrian war and her kidnapping and liberation process also show the other face of Syrian war.”  Rana Shimess, a Syrian young actress, said to Syria Times.

Deputy FM speaks to Syria Times:

On the sideline of the November 11 International Conference on the Return of Syrian Refugees, Syria Times asked Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Dr. Faisal al-Meqdad on the American and European negative attitude toward the conference and their rejection of even  discussing the issue of Syrian refugees before the political solution of the Syrian crisis. Dr. Faisal al-Meqdad said:

“Let the West say what it wants to say. The Conference is held with big participation of the friendly states and this proves that the western states have inhuman and immoral stances. They say something and do something else. The Syrian leadership and I believe that this ongoing war on Syria is related to the Syrian attitudes from the regional and world issues and Syria’s ties with friendly states.

Syrian Diplomatic Club hails social work in Syria

Chairman of the Syrian Diplomatic Club Reneva Fourie and a number of club members yesterday visited the Social Care Association “Al Tamayoz for Orphan Sponsorship” in Damascus to be briefed on the association’s various activities and to discuss ways to support its social work.

 Director of Social Affairs and Labor in Damascus, Mr. Mahmoud Damrani , and Head of the Board of Social Care Association “Al Tamayoz for Orphan Sponsorship , Mr. Erfan Darkal received Mrs. Fourie and the club’s members .

Mr. Darkal briefed the diplomatic club members about Al Tamyoz  association and its activities, saying : “the association was established in 1959. It is one of the oldest and most famous organizations in Syria that takes care of orphan children and their families.”

“Our work has expanded during the crisis in Syria. Before the crisis we sponsored 3000 orphans but by 2020 the number of sponsored orphans reached 27 thousand, 120 of them are staying in the orphanage” he added.

Mrs. Reneva Fourie said in a statement to Syria Times (e-newspaper): “We came here to give a donation which is part of our job and has been during the last three months. But when we came and witnessed the scale of support that the institution is giving to a large number of orphans and the highly efficient work here we felt surprised and impressed. We felt that the amount of money we are donating is very humble. We also realized from the institution that local Syrians, who suffer from difficulties during the crisis, are still able to give and support such institutions”.