President Al-Assad's Interview with al-Manar TV to be Broadcast Thursday

DAMASCUS, (ST) - President Bashar Al-Assad will tackle the latest developments in Syria and the region in a special interview with the Lebanese al-Manar Channel .

According to the facebook page of the media office at the Syrian Arab Republic Presidency, President Al-Assad's interview will be broadcast at 9:00 pm simultaneously on al-ManarTV and the Syrian satellite channels.

H. Mustafa

Geneva Conference Expected on June 16,17 : Diplomats

GENEVA (ST) -Diplomatic sources suggested on Tuesday that the proposed conference to discuss the crisis in Syria, will  be held on  June 15 and 16 in Geneva

Reuters quoted  diplomats as saying "No  details have been approved  on  organization of the conference and there is no  confirmed date for convening it"

But several diplomatic sources said that   holding the conference at this date will allow the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. John Kerry, the launch of the process before delivering the most difficult issues to Presidents Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will meet in the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland on  June 17 and 18 .


Corinne Momal Vanyan , UN chief spokesperson said, she had no information on the date of the conference, adding  that " there are no practical restrictions on the use of the UN  headquarters in Geneva, where the conference  is expected to be held ."

"We're still working on the basis that it could be held in June or in mid-June, but we have no confirmation of the appointment", said Vanyan.


T. Fateh 

Foreign Ministry : Europe's decision to allow the arming of Terrorists in Syria Violates Political Solution

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates  viewed the decision taken by  the EU Foreign Ministers in  05.27.2013  provides for renewing economic sanctions imposed on the Syrian people, but  allowing EU member states to supply weapons to the armed terrorist groups,  as a violation of  alleged care for the  Syrians, and to finding  a political solution to the crisis in Syria , based on a Syrian-led national dialogue by providing terrorists  with weapons in a clear violation of the international law and the UN Charter .

"The said decision  unmasks  political hypocrisy practiced by France and Britain, which alleged keenness on the interest of the Syrian people, while pressuring  within the EU  to renew economic sanctions on Syria, on the one  hand,  and supply terrorists in Syria with arms on the other, rather than embarking on  lifting  these non ethical sanctions  ,  imposed outside international legitimacy and to contribute genuinely to create the conditions to launch a national Syrian dialogue in the  international conference to be held in Geneva , refrain from supporting terrorism targeting the Syrian state , shed the Syrian  blood , destroy hospitals, schools, public and private property and state institutions services, Muslim and Christian  worship houses and looting and destruction of monuments and historical heritage , stealing  factories ,assassinating and kidnapping clergymen ,  targeting journalists and raking shrines, in  compliance to al-Qaeda behavior followed everywhere," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

The spokesman indicated that the EU  adoption of policies of France and Britain, in imposing its subversive and anti-Syrian people policies  already reflected  in the EU decision regarding the import of  Syrian oil and derivatives and  export oil and gas  technologies in Syria for terrorist organizations, especially for al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra front  makes the EU  a partner in terrorist organizations  crimes , in violation of the EU obligations to  the  suppression of financing terrorism. 

The spokesman noted serious questions about the EU's policy in fighting terrorism , adding:"the EU have to  draw lessons from the incidents committed by al-Qaeda affiliated  extremists in Europe during the past few days, and to  be  aware that terrorism is a global scourge, which  knows no boundaries and that international efforts should be directed  to combat it, regardless of its location or time , rather than adopting a double standard policy and political hypocrisy in this area." 

T. Fateh

Syrian Arab army clashes with terrorists outside Damascus, Aleppo, Homs

PROVINCES,(ST)_Tirelessly, units of armed forces continue confronting foreign-backed terrorist groups' bids to infiltrate into al-Qusayr city and target their hideouts and arms caches outside Damascus, Aleppo, Idleb, Hama and Homs. 

Today, a military source stated that a unit of armed forces eliminated a terrorist group as it tried to sneak from al-Hseneyeh area into al-Qusayr city, adding that another terrorist group was killed on al-Nasereyeh-Qaryatain road outside the central Homs province.

It asserted that several terrorist groupings in al-Rastan, Talbeseh, Bet Hajjo, the eastern al-Bwedah, al-Dab'a, Arjon, and Kisin areas have been targeted.

Unknown number of terrorists have  been killed and injured in the said areas.

10 bomb facilities destroyed

Meanwhile, Units of armed forces in Damascus countryside have destroyed 10 facilities for producing explosive devices and mortar shells in Doma suburb and carried out qualitative operations against terrorists in al-Eb farms, Harasta, Bet Sahm, Jobar and Barzeh areas.

At least three terrorist leaders and their men were killed in the operations, according to SANA.

In Idlib and Hama provinces, dozens of terrorists from al-Nusra Front have been eliminated and their vehicles were shelled in several towns outside the provinces.

In addition, a terrorist was dead as a result of detonation of an explosive device, which he was planting on Jorin-Ishtabraq road in Jesr al-Shogor countryside in Idlib.

A unit of armed forces dismantled three explosive devices in the same area.

In Masyaf city (48km to the west of Hama city), a huge number of locals and officials mourned the martyr reporter, Yara Abbas, who was shot dead yesterday by terrorists while she was covering clashes near al-Dab'a military airbase outside al-Qusayr.

Clashes near Aleppo central prison 

In the northern Aleppo province, it was reported that the surrounding area of central prison saw intense clashes overnight between units of armed forces and terrorist groups as Dahret Abdrabboh area on the main highway that links Aleppo with Turkey has become under the Syrian Arab army's control.

According to the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel, Dahret Abdrabboh area is a strategic site as it would help the Syrian army to advance towards the northern Aleppo countryside, particularly Meneg military airbase and towns of Nebbel and al-Zahr'a (around 10km from Dahret Abdrabboh area).

In another incident, terrorists fired mortar shells on Homs residential alleys and a bus garage in Damascus.

Terrorist attacks on Homs alleys

Two shells landed in al-Nezha and Ekrema alleys have claimed lives of three citizens and left 28 wounded plus massive damage at the scene.

Earlier, two shells landed in a bus garage in al-Abbaseyen area in the capital causing 4 wounded and huge damages at the scene.  

"The wounded were admitted to a hospital," an official source said.

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.


Syria challenges UNHR commissioner to provide a clue to her allegations

GENEVA,(ST)_Syria has deprecated the clear-cut bias of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in dealing with events in Syria.

Dr. Faisal al-Hamwi, Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva commented on Pillay's report before the UNHRC about events in Syria by saying: " The Syrian delegation strongly denounces and regrets the clear-cut bias in the report which only blames the Syrian government and turns blind eye to the HR violations being perpetrated by groups of al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front and Takfiris."

He made it clear that the commissioner has ignored the Syrian state's right of protecting its people and exaggerated the situation in al-Qusayr city through taking about of hundreds of innocent civilians in the city.


"Pillay has predicted that massacres will be committed in al-Qusayr city 20 days ahead of the beginning of events there. This can be interpreted as irresponsible provocation for continuing violence," al-Hamwi said.

He challenged the commissioner and her team, false witnesses, the US Benetech to provide a clue to said allegations, noting that the Syrian government has allowed the civilians to exit al-Qusayr city under its protection and gave gunmen an opportunity to lay down their weapons and settle their situation.

But, al-Hamwi added, some gunmen have insisted on fighting using thousands of civilians as human shields in a blatant slight on human rights.

UNHRC credibility at risk

He stressed that the UNHRC's credibility is at risk as it doesn't explicitly condemn Qatar and Turkey, who are offering facilities to thousands of Takfiris came from more than 40 countries.   

On the other hand, al-Hamwi said: "Pillay's call for referring Syria's file to ICC goes beyond its task…She knows well that the Syrian government is investigating all crimes."

"Over the past two year, Syria has cooperated with the commissioner and its office despite deliberated ignorance of the information presented by the Syrian government," he added, citing that the commissioner insists on following unprofessional and biased policy.

Basma Qaddour

Cabinet Denounces Terrorist Attack On National Media

DAMASCUS, (ST) –"it is a coward attack perpetrated  by the armed terrorists against the local  media," the cabinet underscored on Tuesday referring  to the  martyrdom of journalist Yara Abbas near al-Dabaa Airport in al-Quseir countryside.

The cabinet's  remark came during its weekly meeting.

The cabinet made it clear that the national media has a vital role as regards unveiling the disinformation of some Arab, regional and world media. The national media is committed to patriotism, credibility, humanity and conveying the reality of the ongoing events in Syria .

During the meeting, Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi briefed his colleagues on the  cabinet's activities in the past week, underlying that the government's  priority currently  is developing the financial sources, rationalizing  the public expenditure and  combating corruption .

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, briefed the cabinet on the latest developments on the Arab and international arenas.

Al-Moallem described his visit to Iraq as successful and also briefed the  cabinet on the visit paid by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad to Russia.

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mansour Azzam, reviewed the outcome of his visit to Tehran along with the accompanying delegation .

Minister of Health, Saad al-Nayef, who attended the 66th session of the World Health Assembly which was held in in Geneva, said that his speech at the said meeting focused on  the deteriorating health conditions of the Syrian people in the occupied Syrian Golan.


Russia Sends New Batch of Humanitarian Aid to Syrian People

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry sent on Tuesday a new batch of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

"The two planes carrying 20 tons of humanitarian aid have left Moscow towards Lattakia", Russia Today website quoted a speaker at the Ministry as saying.

Russia has recently sent a number of planes to Jordan and Lebanon with humanitarian assistance  onboard to meet the requirements of the displaced Syrians in the two countries who were forced to leave home due to the criminal acts of the armed terrorist groups.