Al-Moallem Urges Visiting Brazilian Delegation to Convey True Image about Syria Events to Brazilians

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem on Sunday held a meeting with the visiting Brazilian parliamentary delegation led by MP Arlindo Chinaglia. Talks dealt with deep friendship and cooperation ties between Syria and Brazil and ways of enhancing these ties in the parliamentary field.

Al-Moallem urged the guest delegation to convey the truth about what is going on in Syria to the Brazilian public opinion and to uncover the crimes committed by the terrorist takfiri groups against the Syrians over the past seven years.

He hailed the key positive role being played by the Syrian community in Brazil in explaining the reality of events in Syria.

1,500 Families Return to al-Zabadani City

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE – Damascus Countryside Governor Alaa Ibrahim announced that more than 1,500 families out of 10,000 have returned to the city of al-Zabadani due to the efforts exerted by the governorate and the city council to rehabilitate streets, the power grid, telephone network, and sewer system, after the Syrian Arab Army restored security to the area and rid it of terrorists, SANA reported.

During a tour in the city on Saturday, Ibrahim stressed that contracts have been signed to complete the clearing of rubble and the wreckage from the city that had started more than seven months ago.

Khamis: SYP 60 billion Allocated to Complete Implementing Services and Development Projects in Aleppo

Aleppo – As part of the government delegation work visit to Aleppo, Prime Minister, Imad Khamis was briefed on the services and living situation in Aleppo Province and demands of residents there with the aim of securing their needs and improving the services provided to them .

According to SANA, during the delegation’s meeting with members of the People’s Assembly representing Aleppo Province, the parliamentarians spoke about the tangible improvement witnessed by the service and development sector in the province since the last year.

Army establishes control over areas in Idleb’s southeastern countryside

Idleb – Syrian Arab Army units operating in Idleb province on Saturday established control over a number of villages and towns in the southeastern countryside of Idleb city, as part of the operations against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the area.

A military source said that following violent clashes with Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, army units established control over the villages and towns of Sarja Sharqiya, Oum al-Halahil, Sheikh Baraka, Hawa, Tal Amara, and Oum Mouaylat in the southeastern countryside of Idleb, SANA reported.

The source added that the army’s operaitons killed a large number of al-Nusra terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammo.

Brazilian Delegation: Destruction of Churches, Monasteries in Syria by Terrorists Aimed at Obliterating Country's Rich History

DAMASCUS, (ST)-The terrorist attacks which destroyed Syrian churches and monasteries in different Syrian cities and towns aimed at obliterating Syria's civilization and rich history,  head of the Brazilian parliamentary delegation visiting the country MP Arlindo Chinaglia said during the delegation's visit to the Syrian towns of Maaloula and Seddnaya.

US Cutting of Funding for UNRWA Cheap Political Blackmailing

DAMASCUS – The General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR) condemned the announcement by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on cutting the yearly funding for the Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), describing this act as cheap political blackmailing, SANA reported.

Director of GAPAR Ali Mustafa explained in a letter sent to Commissioner General of the UNRWA Pierre Krahenbuhl that the mission of the UNRWA is legal and humanitarian, and the agency has to provide all its services according to the UN resolution no.302 in 1949, adding that the agency is not under the authority of the US.

Demonstrators in Babila, Yalda and Beit Sahm Protest Armed Groups' Attempts to Hinder Reconciliation

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)- Hundreds of people from the towns of Babila, Yalda and Beit Sahm in Damascus countryside took to the streets on Friday to protest against the armed groups' practices which hinder establishing a hoped-for reconciliation that enhances security and stability in these areas.

Local sources told SANA that demonstrators chanted slogans refusing terrorism and calling for reconciliation in order to attain security and stability. The demonstrators also urged adherence to national unity and stressed their keenness on achieving reconciliation, calling on the stranger gunmen to leave the towns and reiterating that terrorism has brought nothing but destruction and suffering.