Al-Moallem: Syria ready to participate in Geneva inter-Syrian dialogue

Beijing – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem discussed on Thursday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi the bilateral relations between Syria and China and means to develop them in all sectors.

During the meeting which was held at the headquarter of Chinese Foreign Ministry, the two sides discussed means to resolve the crisis in Syria and the developments in the Middle East region and the efforts to combat terrorist organizations, mainly ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, SANA reported.

The viewpoints of the two sides were identical regarding the necessity of launching a Syria-Syrian dialogue without foreign interference based on the Syrian people’s right to decide their future.

Both sides stressed the importance of the inseparability of counterterrorism efforts and reaching a political solution.

Al-Moallem reviewed the Syrian stance, affirming that a progress in the efforts to reach a political solutions is linked to victory over terrorism which has become a matter of global priority and requires pushing forward the international efforts to dry up the sources of terrorism and prevent the infiltration of terrorists across the border, pointing out to the interdependence of the UN Security Council Resolutions NO 2253 and 2254 and combating terrorism and finding a political solution.

The minister added that any attempt by any international party to interfere in the Syrians’ right to decide their future is rejected.

In turn, Yi said that China welcomes the visit of al-Moallem and supports the Syrian position on the interdependence of the tracks of fighting terrorism and a political solution, noting China’s readiness to play an important role side by side with Syria in these two tracks.

The Chinese minister announced that his country will continue to provide humanitarian aid for Syria and to increase its levels and meet Syria’s needs and coordinate with Syria to restore security and stability to it.

China supports efforts by the Syrian government in the fight against terrorism and calls on other nations to respect those efforts, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday, the Russian Sputnik stated.

"During our talks, the Syrian foreign minister clearly stated that Syria is decisively set in the fight against terrorism and we welcome these efforts. We believe that all efforts in the fight against terrorism should be respected and supported," Wang said during a joint press conference with Syrian Foreign Minister in Beijing.

On Monday, Wang said China would soon invite representatives from the Syrian government and opposition to come to China to discuss the political settlement of the Syrian crisis.

According to Xinhuanet, the  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi invited Syrian Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem to come to China as it looks to ways to help with the peace process. Syrian Foreign Minister said that Syria is ready to take part in peace talks in Geneva.

"We should stick to a peaceful resolution of the Syrian issue. The people of Syria decide the future and fate of Syria, the UN plays a key role in negotiations."

"We agreed that these three principles should be upheld throughout the whole peace process of Syria," said Wang.

Walid Al-Moallem, Syrian Foreign Minister said:"Syria ready to participate in the Syrian-Syrian Dialogue in Geneva without any foreign interference and our delegation will be ready as soon as we receive a list of the opposition delegation."

China and Syria agreed on principles needed for peace talks between Syria's government and opposition.


A girl martyred, 4 children injured in terrorist attacks in Damascus and countryside (2)

Damascus - A girl was martyred on Wednesday and 4 children were wounded in terrorist attacks with mortars on Harasta suburb and al-Abassyeen main square in Damascus and countryside.

A mortar shell hit B1 area in Harasta suburb, killing a girl and wounding three other children, SANA reported.

The army repels an ISIS attack on military posts in Deir Ezzor city, kills more terrorists in other areas

Provinces – The army has repelled an ISIS assault on military posts in Deir Ezzor city and its units in other provinces continued operations against terrorists, killing many of them and destroying their hideouts and vehicles, SANA reported.

Deir Ezzor

An army unit thwarted an attempt by ISIS terrorists to attack military posts in al-Sinaa neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city.

The terrorists used car bombs in their attack, but were repelled by the army personnel who fought fierce clashes after they exploded the cars before reaching the military posts.

Shaaban: Syria’s decision always independent, New York meeting outdid Riyadh conference

Damascus – Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban said the adoption of the Security Council’s resolutions 2253 and 2254 was prompted by the West’ failure in Syria, the success of the Russian-Chinese vision and the spread of terrorism to the US and France.

The war on Syria aims at imposing tutelage on it, which makes it of great importance that resolution 2254 has asserted the Syrian people’s right to self-determination and maintaining its sovereignty and territorial integrity, Shaaban added according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Al-Moallem to visit China this week, Chinese MFA says

Beijing  - The Syrian Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Walid al-Moallem will visit China this week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announced Tuesday.

Al-Moallem will visit China from 23 to 26 December and will meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Lei said in a press briefing, according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Terrorists’ positions destroyed in different provinces, heavy losses inflicted upon them


Provinces - Units of the army and the armed forces, backed by the Syrian army air force on Tuesday continued to launch wide-scaled military operations against positions and dens of the Takfiri terrorist organizations across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them, SANA reported.

Idleb and Hama

The Syrian Air Force carried out several sorties against gatherings and movements of terrorists from “Jaish al-Fateh” (Conquest Army) terrorist organization in in the countryside between Hama and Idleb provinces.

The Air Force destroyed vehicles equipped with machineguns used by terrorist organizations in Khan Sheikhoun, 70km south of Idleb.

Sayyed Nasrallah: Kuntar One of Us, We will Revenge Appropriately (2)

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah made a televised statement two days after the martyrdom of freed detainee Samir Kuntar in which he reminded Israel that Hezbollah will respond to the assassination of any member of the resistance in the way, time, and date it chooses, al-Manar reported.

After sending his greetings to the Christians in the region and the world for the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (as) , and to the Muslims for the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (as), Sayyed Nasrallah offered condolences over the departure of Sheikh Mohammad Khatoun who passed away Sunday, and expressed solidarity with the Nigerian people after the massacre that took place last week.