Al-Maollem to De Mistura: Syria to Keep Supporting All Efforts for Political Solution

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem has stressed that Syria will continue to support all efforts aiming to reach political solution to the crisis in the country, pointing out that Syria has dealt positively with all the results of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi and with the process of forming a committee to discuss Syria's current constitution.

Syria Elected as President of UN Asia-Pacific Group for November

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria has been elected as President of the UN Asia-Pacific Group  by acclamation for November.

During the group's meeting on Tuesday, the Palestinian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Riad Mansour, whose country presides over the group for October, handed over the group's presidency to Syria's Permanent Representative Bashar Al-Jaafari  who received congratulations from the member states.

Government Delegation Visits Eastern Region to Inaugurate Several Pivotal Projects

DEIR EZZOUR – Upon the directives of President Bashar al-Assad, a government delegation, headed by Prime Minister Imad Khamis, started a visit to Deir Ezzor and Raqqa provinces in the eastern region.

During the visit, the delegation will inaugurate a number of services,  development and rehabilitation projects and follow-up the implementation of the human development plan in the higher education and education sectors, SANA reported.

Members of the delegation began their tour by visiting Deir Ezzor Airport and met soldiers at one of the military formations where Khamis conveyed to them President al-Assad’s greetings and appreciation for their sacrifices in defending the homeland.

The Return of the Displaced and Refugees Is of Utmost Importance for the Syrian Government: Al-Moallem

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem and the Executive Director of the Word Food Program (WFP) David Beasley on Tuesday discussed enhancing cooperation between Syria and the WFP to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria and to meet the basic needs of the Syrians affected by the repercussions of the terrorist war imposed on the country.

Al-Moallem talked about the government’s efforts and the facilitations provided to international organizations, including the WFP, in order to alleviate the difficult living conditions suffered by the Syrian citizens under the crisis, particularly as security situation has been improved and a large number of refugees and displaced people started to return home following the victories achieved by the Syrian Arab army on terrorism and its supporters in many Syrian areas.

He stressed that the Syrian government accords utmost importance to the return of the displaced Syrians to their original residence areas and it is doing its best to ensure good life condition to them.

Al-Moallem highly appreciated the WFP’s humanitarian efforts, affirming the Syrian government’s readiness to boost cooperation with the program away from any political agendas some parties are trying to impose.

On his part, Beasley thanked the Syrian government for its cooperation with the program and for its efforts to assist the WFP in delivering humanitarian aid to those who need. He called on the international community to exert more efforts to help the Syrian people surpass the difficult conditions caused by the crisis.

Syrian Army Recovers Roman Artifacts Looted By Daesh From Palmyra – Reports

Daesh terrorists seized control of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria in 2015, systematically destroying parts of the ancient ruins and stealing Roman-era artifacts to sell on the black market to raise funds for their terrorist operations.

Troops of the Syrian Army successfully recovered an unspecified number of artifacts on Monday, stumbling upon them while searching a building in Palmyra, according to reports.

A military source told Al-Masdar News the artifacts were packaged and ready to be smuggled out of the country but were seemingly abandoned as Daesh terrorists fled their positions as the Syrian Army advanced on the area, according to Sputnik.

Legal Status of 175 Persons in Homs Settled

HOMS- The legal status of 175 persons from Homs and its countryside have been settled on Sunday after they turned themselves in to authorities, SANA reported.

SANA’s reporter in Homs said that 175 persons from Homs and its countryside turned themselves in to authorities and handed over their arms, pledging to not get involved in any act that would harm the security of the homeland.

Cabinet Approves State Budget Bill for 2019 at SYP 3882 Billion

DAMASCUS- The Cabinet approved on Sunday a bill on the state general budget of 2019, setting it at SYP 3882 billion with an increase of SYP 695 billion compared to the 2018 budget, according to SANA.

The approved budget allocated SYP 2782 billion for running expenditures, SYP 1100 billion for investment expenditures and SYP 811 billion for social support.

The budget also allocated revenues for creating new job opportunities and SYP 50 billion for reconstruction.