Al-Beida Citizens Praised Army Sacrifices : Normal life Back


TARTOUS,(ST)_ Citizens of al-Beida  and Raas al-Nabe villages in Banias assured  that normal life and safety  restored to  the area,  thanks to the efforts of the Syrian Army ,who exterminated  the armed terrorist groups there.

  During their meeting with Tartous 's party branch secretary and governor, who on Tuesday inspected al-Beida and Raas al-Nabe villages, the citizens commended the sacrifices  of the Syrian army in defeating terrorists who attacked their houses and looted their property  , noting that all basic services , including water and electricity  are available in the two villages,   calling citizens who were forced by armed terrorist groups to leave their homes to return back.

The governor pointed out that new dates will be set  for the exams of students in the area  who were prevented to apply for their exams by armed terrorist groups. 

 Al-Beida  mayor and other officials  noted the  need to work hand-in-hand with the Syrian Arab army to prevent terrorists from infiltrating again in the area, stressing that the town  which now enjoys security and stability is waiting for its people  ,expelled by terrorists, to return back.

 They stressed that  concerned authorities efforts to provide assistance and services to repair devastated destruction made by armed terrorist groups, calling for the formation of volunteer work teams to contribute to these construction  activities. 

T. Fateh 

Syria , Her Friends Will not Accept Dictates

Damascus, (ST) _Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Dr. Faisal Al- Mikdad  stressed that the success of any conference or international effort to help the Syrian people to reach a political solution to the current crisis depends on the sincere intentions  of supporters of terrorism in Syria,  noting that  the cessation of terrorism and violence is a key factor in ending the crisis.

In an interview with the "Syria News" TV on Tuesday al-Miqdad said Syria continues contacts with friends to discuss issues related to participation and agenda of the international conference, finalized  between Russia and the USA  and to know  the outcome of the diplomatic move in this framework in order to determine its position on this Conference.

"Since the beginning, Syria  wants a political solution through political reforms and national dialogue and the government  prime preoccupation is to reach a Syrian-led political solution to restore security and stability, " al-Miqdad emphasized . 

Syrian army achievements, people 's awareness imposed results of the Russian American meeting

 Al- Miqdad pointed out that the achievements of the Syrian army against  terrorism on the ground and  the growing public, Arab and international  awareness of what is happening in Syria imposed  results of the recent American Russian meeting in Moscow.

 What does Syria need primarily , he continued, is to stop violence and arming and funding terrorist gangs that kill the Syrian people and destroy their economy and infrastructure by Western countries, in cooperation with Turkey and certain Gulf states to change Syria 's  political approach from resisting Israeli and western policies to be under the will of Israel  and the West.

 Syria  and her  friends will not accept  dictates

Al-Miqdad stressed Syria and her friends  will  not accept any dictates and the Russian position is principled , based on UN  Charter , international law principles and fighting  terrorism.

 " Certain Arab countries are keen to serve  Israel's interest more than its own to the extent  they  waive the occupied Palestinian territories and debated inter- exchange of the Palestinian territories not for the benefit of the Palestinian people but that of Israel only, "Al-Miqdad stressed.

He stressed the  secretariat of the Arab League  AL contributed to the  destruction of its credibility and its Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby played a destructive  and insincere role in leading it.

" We do not rely on statements by Elaraby  and others, concerning AL positions because the decision of the  recent  Arab summit is clear in  funding and arming terrorism in Syria, and because the AL  is now led  by Qatar," he continued . 

Al- Miqdad stressed that the Palestinian issue will remain alive in the conscience of all Syrians and Syria will  always defend the Palestinian cause, and  stand in the same trench with the Palestinian people to restore  their land and build an independent state, pointing out that the Syrian stance will not waver because of the current crisis.

 " Surrenders , who deal with Israel and trade with the Palestinian blood should  lift their  hands from the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria  after they sided with Syria 's enemy whose   hands  are stained with the blood of the Syrians.

 Justice and Development Party  Government transformed Turkey a game in NATO hand

He explained the Government of Justice and Development Party in Turkey is  but a group of liars and charlatans who have no credibility ,turning Turkey into a game in NATO hands , pointing out they do not have a vision of how to get out of the mess that they fell in supporting terrorism  in Syria.

 Al-Miqdad went on that Turkish  Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is  infected with Hysteria  because he is a true partner in shedding the Syrian blood, a pro-al Qaeda radical in a  way or another, a falsifier  and distorter of  facts that  mislead the Turkish people and leadership and a  farce caricature that  must be put into end.

 T. Fateh 

Cabinet:Army's Victories Pave The Way For Restoring Stability, Ensuring Citizens' Needs

DAMASCUS, (ST) –"the government's top priority is to boost services nationwide  and to provide the Syrian people with  power plants requirements and oil derivatives ,"said Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remark came during the cabinet's  weekly session held on Tuesday.

He lauded  the Syrian Army 's recent victories that definitely will pave the way to  restore stability and security to the majority of the Syrian territories.

"undoubtedly, these victories will enable the government to render  various services to all areas with the aim of  serving citizens and to materialize  the comprehensive development process "underscored al-Halqi.

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, briefed his colleagues on  latest political developments on the international arena.

 " the Syrian people is resolved to materialize the political program to resolve the crisis, "asserted al-Moallem.

Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs, Ali Haidar, briefed the Cabinet on the activities of the ministry to enhance the national dialogue process.

The Cabinet tackled other issues such as  approving  the draft of a legislative decree on mutual recognition agreement on medicines and medical equipment registration between Syria and Iran.

The Cabinet also agreed on the Oil Ministry's request on exempting the crude oil imports of the public sector from taxes until the end of the year.

A similar exemption was granted to the Health Ministry on medical equipment and medicines imparted from Iran.

National Dialogue

"the previous meetings held by the ministerial committee on the political program to resolve the crisis in Syria were very important as regards bridging the gaps among the Syrians, "stressed premier al-Halqi.

Chairing the session of the ministerial committee, al-Halqi hailed the positive and fruitful outcome of the committee's meetings with all walks of life  of the Syrian society.

"the government reiterates  calling  on all Syrians to be  involved  in the dialogue process so as to reach the national dialogue conference which will be held in Syria without foreign interference, "underlined al-Halqi.

The ministerial committee also debated the political developments concerning the Israeli aggression on the Syrian facilities.


Syrian Arab army's today-operations target terrorists outside Damascus, Aleppo, Homs

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces carried out on Tuesday a series of qualitative operations against foreign-backed terrorists outside Damascus, Aleppo and the central Homs province.

The operations resulted in killing and injuring unknown number of terrorists, official sources said.

In details, the armed forces pounded three factories for producing devices and mortar shells near industrial area in Doma suburb, to the north-east of the capital, where 4 terrorists were killed.

Other terrorists were eliminated in fighting broke out between units of armed forces and terrorist groups in Jarba town in the Eastern Ghouta and in Jobar suburb amid reports of restoring security and stability to Drosha area in the western Ghouta.

In this context, the Beirut-based al-Mayadden  T.V. Channel reported that the Syrian Arab army has shelled gunmen's positions in Sbeneh, south to Damascus countryside, noting that unknown number of gunmen were killed and injured in Darayya, to the south-west of the capital.

The channel's reporter said: "the army has completed the military operations in areas surrounding Damascus International Airport."

However, in the northern Aleppo province, the armed forces clashed with terrorists in Sheikh Saeed area and destroyed terrorists' weapons in al-Msalameya and al-Alqameya areas, outside the province.

Meanwhile, units of armed forces confiscated a truck loaded with 50 explosive devices, of the weight 10-30 kg/each, on al-Salameya-al-Rastan road, in Homs countryside.

They, in addition, pounded a factory for producing explosive devices in al-Rasta city. All terrorists inside the factory were killed.

It was also reported that the armed forces targeted many terrorists in Joret al-Shayyah area and al-Qosor alley, in Homs city.

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure


European al-Waffa Campaign Aid Displaced Families

DAMASCUS, (ST) - In coordination with Social Affairs Ministry and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent,the European al-Waffa Campaign delivered 100 tons of wheat flour and thousands of food baskets as a humanitarian aid to the Syrian displaced and the Palestinian refugees in Syria.

 The Aaffa convoy  arrived in Damascus coming from Lebanon through Jdaidet Yabous border crossing .

"the convoy contains relief assistances with the aim of alleviating the suffering of the Syria displaced and Palestinian refugees in Syria,"said ,the campaign's coordinator, Amin Ado Rashed.

For his part, Mamdouh Badawi, an activist in the campaign said that the campaign is purely humanitarian and aims to prove to the world that there is safe passages to enter humanitarian aid to Damascus and its outskirts.

Addressing the campaign organizers, Minister of Social Affair, Kinda al-Shammat, appreciated their efforts in this humanitarian regard , stressing the deeply rooted ties between the Syrian and Palestinian peoples.


Syria Raps Terrorist Attacks in al-Rayhanyeh

DAMASCUS, (ST)_The Syrian government branded the terrorist attacks against civilians in al-Rayhanyeh area in Turkey   as a natural outcome  of the spread of the terrorism's phenomenon in the region.

"blaming Syria over these coward and terrorist acts is categorically baseless ,"'underscored the government in a statement released on Tuesday.

"actually, the said  acts contradict Syria's morale, political and international commitments, "added the statement.

The statement clarified  that the bloodshed of the Syrian and Turkish peoples is a result of the Turkish government's policies  as regards supporting  terrorism.

" These heinous crimes aim at harming the relations between the Syrian and the Turkish peoples," the statement said.

"The Turkish government is responsible for the situation at the border areas through turning them into a haven and passage for the terrorists and allowing gunmen to use the Turkish lands to perpetrate  crimes against the Syrians," asserted the statement.

The government offered sincere condolences to the relatives of the martyrs, wishing speedy and full recovery to the injured persons.


Syria's political decision backs positive efforts, says al-Zou'bi

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Syrian initiative has been based, since the very beginning of the crisis, on  a political solution and on the launching of a comprehensive national dialogue in which everyone takes part, says Omran al-Zou'bi, Information Minister.

In an interview with the Lebanese al-Manar TV Channel on Monday, the minister said the Syrian government has welcomed the result of the US Secretary of State John Kerry's talks in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 7,2013  as to find a political solution to the crisis.

"The Syrian government expressed 'cautious optimism' over the US-Russian accord as there must be further steps and discussion in details... We need to know whether this accord for the US and its allies is a sole option behind closed doors and in public," al-Zou'bi said.

Political developments

He clarified that political and military developments, including Israel's strike on sites in Syria and Turkey's al-Rayhaniya Blasts as well as the rush of Turkish officials to accuse Syria for the blasts, have something to do with the political solution and the US-Russian meeting.

"These developments raise a question about the role of Turkey, Qatar and others in political solution…are they ready to lose their weapons and money without notching up their goals, which are in their dreams, including toppling Syrian state and stance," the minister added.

He underscored that the Arab and regional tools are not decision-makers.

International conference

As for Syria's participation in the international conference which the US and Russia agreed to hold, al-Zou'bi said that the participation is conditional upon having information about details and developments.

He stressed that Syria's 'clear and obvious' political decision is based on backing positive international efforts to bring about political solution to the crisis and at the same time fighting terrorism.

"Syria will never take part in any political meeting that directly or indirectly impinges on national sovereignty."

"The question of the president and constitution comes within the principle of national sovereignty….only Syrian people have the right to make decision in this regard."

"Our national project, as a government, is clear…we want a democratic, free, and sovereign country. The Syrian people do not accept any part of their country to be outside the national sovereignty," he added.

Syrian Arab army's policy

On the other hand, the minister asserted that the Syrian Arab army has not lost the initiative on the ground.

"When the army blockades an area, it addresses armed terrorists groups to lay down their weapons and avoid damaging residential areas….Actually, the existence of gunmen in some residential areas prevents the army from carrying out large-scale operations."

Al-Zou'bi noted that 150 gunmen, in Damascus countryside, have turned themselves in and handed over their weapons, calling on all gunmen to lay down their weapons and give up the idea of confronting state.

The minister appealed to foreign gunmen, who came from other states to Syria, to leave the country with their weapons because they will be eliminated by the Syrian Arab army.

Basma Qaddour