Tourism Minister Meets Western Media Delegation, Says Terrorism Targeting Syria's History, Culture

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Tourism Minister Bisher Yazigi has stressed that the foreign-backed terrorist organizations have targeted the Syrian heritage by systematic attacks and looting in an attempt to destroy the Syrian civilization and history.

 During his meeting on Tuesday with a western media delegation comprising journalists from the United States, Australia and eight European countries, Yazigi talked about the huge damage caused to the tourism sector in Syria because of the terrorist war imposed on Syria, clarifying that many tourist and services facilities have stopped working and many others have been destroyed.

He pointed out that the terrorists targeted several key archeological sites in Syria, some of which are on the world heritage list.

 The minister said that 800 tourist facilities (restaurants and hotels) have resumed work over the past two years. Besides, the ministry proposed several projects and programs in the areas of tourism promotion, planning and investment.

He added that Syria welcomes visitors from all over the world, pointing out that repeated visits by delegations to Syria indicate the loyalty of Syria's lovers around the world and affirm their hoped-for role in conveying the truth about what is going on in the country.

He affirmed that the strong will of the Syrians will triumph over the terrorism which has been targeting  Syria's history, civilization and cultural heritage.  

On her part, head of the delegation Janice Kortkamp, said the delegation visited Syria  to get knowledge about what is really happening in the country, which completely contradicts what has been circulated in the western media and" to play our role, as activists who believe in international law and justice, in telling the truth about events in Syria to the western people.  

Kortkamp hailed the bravery of the Syrian Arab army who is defending civilians wherever they are in the country, and urged fighting terrorism and confronting the economic war imposed on Syria.

Haidar Stresses Key Role of Visiting Political and Media Delegations in Conveying Real Image about Syria Events

In the same context,  State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar said on Tuesday that a large part of the war on Syria was carried out by media outlets in order to spread chaos and support the extremist ideology and terrorist groups to achieve the agendas and policies of the states that are hostile towards Syria.

During a meeting with a Western media delegation sponsored by the Social Justice Network of Australia, Haidar noted the important role that can be played by the media and political delegations who want to know the truth of what is happening in Syria and to convey the real image to the Western public opinion, according to SANA.

 He said that the main objective of the local reconciliation project is to restore normal life to the areas where such reconciliations are being realized, pointing out that the State Ministry has accomplished local reconciliation in more than 100 areas in Syria within the framework of its work map.

Haidar added that main obstacle that hinders achieving some reconciliation is the armed terrorist groups that fulfill the goals of the countries that support them and try to escalate the crisis in Syria.

For his part, Jamal Daoud the head of the delegation said that the visit of the delegation is part of the efforts organized by the Social Justice Network in Australia with the participation of media figures from 10 countries from Europe, America, and Australia to learn about the truth of what is happening in Syria and convey it away from the fabrications of Western media.

He noted that the members of the delegation heard from the people of Aleppo and Homs about the crimes committed by armed terrorist organizations, adding that the terrorist bombing that targeted the buses which were transporting locals from the towns of Kefraya and al-Foua’a in al-Rashideen area west of Aleppo is a crime and that the international silence about this bombing is expected because it’s something that has been happening for more than 6 years.

Other members of the delegation expressed their solidarity with the Syrian people and the local reconciliation project.

Hamda Mustafa