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President Al-Assad Holds ‘constructive ’ Talks with UN Envoy

 DAMASCUS,(ST)_President Bashar Al-Assad held on Monday ‘constructive and cordial’ talks with the UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

The meeting revolved around the latest developments in Syria,  outcomes of the Envoy’s talks recently held to help solve the crisis in Syria, and cooperation between the Syrian Government and the UN Envoy, SANA reported.

President Al-Assad underscored the Syrian Government’s keenness on success of every effort serving the Syrian people’s interest and preserving sovereignty and independence of Syria.

The meeting was attended by Foreign and Expatriate Minister, Presidency’s  Press Advisor, Deputy FM, and FM’s  Assistant.

The UN Envoy’s today-visit is the third since the assumption of his post.

 Brahimi, following the talks with President Al-Assad, pointed out that the talks tackled  the steps that could be taken in the future as to help the Syrian people to exit from this crisis,"

Brahimi blasted the news fabricated About postponed meeting with President Al-Assad and Russian mediations with the President as to meet him as ''groundless.''

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Ahmed Baaj appointed as Director General of al Wihdah Foundation

Prime Minister, Dr. Wa’il Al Halaqi, yesterday issued a decision in which he assigned the position of Director General of al Wihdah Foundation for Press Printing, Publishing and Distribution to Ahmed Baaj.

The former director, Dr. Khalaf al Meftah, was appointed a deputy Information Minister.


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Citizens Demonstrate for the Expulsion of Terrorists from Aleppo, New Terrorists Crime in Halfaya

GOVERNORATES,(ST)_ Several civilians  were  wounded  when armed  terrorists opened their machineguns fire randomly  against people  marching in al-Jalloum quarters in the city of Aleppo demanding the expulsion  of the terrorists from the city.

Meantime, scores of terrorists were killed or wounded in Aleppo city and countryside. 6 cars, fitted with ammunition in Rasm al-Abboud area, were destroyed.

In Hayyan village of rural Aleppo several terrorists were killed following confrontation over sharing thefts stolen from public and private property.  Leader of Bani Zeid terrorist group Khaled Oso, nicknamed as Sarraj was killed.

In the city of Aleppo the armed forces attacked terrorists' shelters in Bustan al-Bacha, Hanano Barrack, Bani Zeid, al-Naqqarin and Allirmoun areas and inflected heavy losses among the terrorists.

In Damascus countryside the armed forces discovered several tunnels extending between Saad Bin Maaz mosque, al-Didwan hospital and al-Ibn al-Arabi private school where medical equipment, stolen from public health centers and hospitals, were confiscated.

The armed forces also foiled the detonation of a 50 Kg explosive inside al-Nahda hospital in Daraya, where several terrorists were eliminated including Khaled Harkal, Talal Abu sara, Abd al-Imam, Muhammad Kukash, Omar Taleb and Zuheir Othman.

Moreover, more terrorists were killed in Aqraba, Beit Suhom towns, Douma farms and Harasta. They were Sami Shammameh, Mahmoud al-Sayyed, Fareed al-Smadi, Mazin Hasabullah , Husam Dalla, Wisam al-Mdallal, Abdul Rahman Nasrullah, Salah al-Kouki and Ala Safaya.

In another development, one armed terrorist group attacked Halfaya town in Hama countryside during which several women and children were assassinated. The bloody scene was filmed by the terrorists to accuse the Syrian army of committing the crime, in coincidence with the visit of the UN envoy to Syria Elakhdar al-Ibrahimi.

Furthermore, scored of terrorists were killed or wounded and their weapons were confiscated in several areas in rural Homs, Idleb and Hama.

Syria Times

Syria Soon to surpass the crisis, Achieve Victory over Foreign Aggression

 DAMASCUS,(ST)_  Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi  underscored that Syria , Homeland , State and People  are soon to surpass the crisis, and achieve victory against foreign aggression .

In a press conference held at the Ministry of Information headquarters on Sunday,  Minister al-Zou'bi said that " the victory is but against the enemies of Syria  who tried to link the future of Syria and its role to the Israeli agendas through Arab and regional tools."

Minister al-Zou'bi blasted the news disseminated by different media outlets about the situation on the ground, as " not  precise" and as " not correct", pointing out that there are armed terrorists groups on the ground including al-Qaeda affiliated  al-Nusra front .

In reply to a question, Minister al-Zou'bi asserted that there was no change in the Russian stand, nor in the Russian political speech.

" Any bet on a change – in the Russian stance- is but a day dreaming. Russia has a firm political stance: Russia does not interfere in any matter pertaining to the Syrian national sovereignty , and that Russia stands for  a political solution through a political dialogue and a national pure Syrian process and dialogue."

Minister al-Zou'bi underlined that those who reject dialogue are afraid of its outcomes;  that is they are afraid of ballot boxes in fear of popular defeat .

" Had those in the so-called Doha coalition or others had enough  courage  to get  an open national political process, they would not have rejected the dialogue."Minister al-Zou'bi declared.

" All foreign elements and al-Nusra front members who committed acts of killing, sabotage  will be held accountable," said minister al-Zou'bi , declaring that every Syrian  who drops his arm and surrenders  himself to the State under  the authority of law, will be dealt with accordingly.

Minister al-Zou'bi asserted that the Syrian Arab Army is in operation all over the country according to the constitutional, national and political authorization  against terrorism and the armed terrorist groups,  in accordance to the international law, especially UN resolution No. 1373.  

In reply to another question, Minister al-Zou'bi said that the minimum  level of nationality by national opposition is to reject foreign intervention in the Syrian affairs, but the maximum level is martyrs sacrifices, rejection of dictations by the governments of Qatar and Turkey, rejection of finance , support from under the table and rejection of terrorist armed actions  and of al-Nusra front .

The Minister pointed out that the national opposition has  to tell the Arab league to lift sanctions , to tell Qatar, Turkey, France  and the Arab League to halt the trafficking of weapons , training of terrorists  and shipment of sophisticated weapons  to Syria.

The Minister pointed out that Syria has authentic documents and proofs, names, addresses,  etc,  for Turkish and Lebanese involvement  in the crisis, blasting the heinous  acts  by these groups, like the targeting of electricity networks, schools , hospitals, agriculture research centers , cereal silos and smuggling them to Turkey and selling  them  there at lowest prices, with the full knowledge of the Turkish government .

In reply to another question, Minister al-Zoubi asserted that Syria doesn't provide arms to the PKK and never permits any one to carry out aggressive acts against another country.

Answering a question regarding Turkish and Gulf Countries' intervention in Iraq, Minister al-Zou'bi reiterated Syria's rejection to any interference in the affairs of Iraq, , the sisterly country whose security and stability are important to Syria,  calling on foreign forces, particularly Turkey,  to refrain from meddling in the Iraqi affairs.

In reply to another question, Minister of Information pointed out that Syria isn't interested in the names of US designated officials, but in the US policy and whether it would be committed to its enlisting of al-Nusra Front on terrorism list, or it would continue to support it.

In  reply to another question regarding  the recent events in al-Yarmouk camp, Minister al-Zou'bi asserted that the Syrian Arab Army did not interfere  in this issue and that the armed terrorists  withdrew  when they realized that the Syrian army did not interfere.

 He asserted  that Palestine will remain the compass, the essence of the conflict with Israel and that the Palestinian cause will remain ever  the central cause of Syria and that  the Palestinian people  are but of our identity, heritage  and future.

Answering another question, Minister al-Zou'bi said that " had Syria had chemical weapons, it would have never used it , neither inside nor outside the Syrian geography, because  this contradicts our moral and religious culture."

"It is the ripe time  for initiating a political process and drop the arms." The Minister concluded.

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Syria observes Arbor Day

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)-“ The process of building and construction is  proceeding forward to build  renewable Syria , the country of  love, tolerance and national unity,  in parallel with the process of challenging the enemies' schemes,” said  Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi.

 “Paying attention to the agricultural sector and ensuring all its requirements is one of the priorities of government programs,” the prime minister added during a celebration on Sunday held in al-Sabboura area in Rural Damascus marking Arbor Day.

"Today, we are planting  the tree of love, life, amity and the enhancement of national reconciliation," the premier said, stressing that the tree, as a symbol of the present and the future, will continue to tenderly shadow all parts of the country so as to boost the spirit of amity and national reconciliation.

The Prime Minister, who planted several trees, was accompanied by the ministers of agriculture and environment, the governors of both Damascus and Damascus countryside and the chairman of the Farmers General Union.


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State General Budget Specified at (SYP) 1383 billion.. New Faculty of Architectural Engineering Established

DAMASCUS, (ST) – President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued a law specifying the State general budget for 2013 fiscal year at (SYP) 1383 billion.

The president also, issued a decree providing for the establishment of a second Faculty of Architectural Engineering in the city of Salamiyeh in Hama. The faculty is to be affiliated to al-Baath University of Homs. 

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Sheikh Kameel Naser: Syria, an example of National Unity, Coexistence

 Syria's deeply-rooted history, national stances, and unique state of coexistence among all sects of its society, make the Syrians, wherever they are, feel proud of their belongingness to this country, which was, throughout history, the cradle of all civilizations and religions. Unfortunately, Syria is being exposed to a heinous conspiracy targeting its existence and resisting role in the region. 

 “Syria is blessed by God as it is the land of all religions and prophets  and I am proud of my nationality as a Syrian, who grew up and earned the noble values of defending the homeland against any foreign aggression," Sheikh Kameel Naser, member of Levant Scholars' Union, said in an exclusive interview with the “Syria Times".

 “In the past, our ancestors won victories over the Ottoman and the French colonialists and now we are ready to sacrifice ourselves in order to protect our homeland from any foreign invasion," he added.

Talking about the ongoing crisis in Syria and the impacts of the armed terrorist groups' criminal acts on all aspects of life, Sheikh Naser said  “Syria is facing a global conspiracy, backed and funded by Western, regional and Arab parties, to undermine the country, because of its principled national stances and support to resistance,” Naser said, pointing out that the Syrians have been suffering for more than twenty months from the practices of terrorist groups and mercenaries in Syria.

“However, Syria will keep steadfast and overcome the crisis thanks to the unity and cooperation between the Syrian people, their leadership and army,” Sheikh Naser added.

He cited an example of the strong national unity among the Syrian people who, in the city of Sweida, opened their houses for their fellow citizens who came from other governorates fleeing the terrorism of armed groups and mercenaries. He stressed that this is not strange for all the Syrian people countrywide.

Sheikh Naser underlined the essential role that can be played by religious men to convey the right image of Islam to the whole world, explain the real situation in Syria and mobilizes efforts against the enemies’ schemes. He affirmed the need to enrich the religious speech with values like amity, tolerance and coexistence and to abandon sectarianism.

 “Islam forbids killing. It always urges people to adopt noble and sincere values, seeks coexistence with other religions and keeps maintaining healthy relation among all sects on the basis of equality and justice,” Sheikh Naser said.

Thus, he went on to say, the establishment of the Levant Scholars Union, which comprises the elite of the regions’ religious men, has been very important to reflect the spirit of true Islam, to maintain its values and teachings and to build bridges of dialogue with other nations.

Within this context, Scholar Naser said that the Union participated in the recent Tehran conference on national dialogue in Syria to confirm dialogue principles. He pointed out that the participating delegations were keen to provide their views and suggestions on how to put an end to the Syrian crisis peacefully.

On the conspiratory role of some regional and Arab countries in escalating violence in Syria, Sheikh Nasser said, “these countries are tools to implement a US-Zionist agenda in the region and they don’t even have an independent decision. They helped Western countries dominate their resources and supported their plans to divide Syria and the whole region aiming at keeping (Israel) the strongest.”

 “Syria will emerge victorious from the crisis as it has got an open-minded resistant generation which solidifies the country’s position. In addition, Syria has a strong unified national army who has proved a great ability to fight in the most difficult kind of battles, so, by the will of God and the steadfastness of the  Syrian people, leadership and army, the conspiracy is vanishing,” Sheikh Naser concluded.  


Khaled Falhout