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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.

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Syrians Capable to Attain National Reconciliation

Al- SWEIDA, (ST)- Skeikh Akel for Mouhdeen Dorouz Moslems Hakmat al-Hajari has asserted complete rejection of foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs. He also expressed full support for any initiative aiming at putting an end to the crisis in Syria.

During a meeting held recently with members of the international delegation for peace and solidarity, Skeikh Hakmat said that the Syrians are capable to end their ordeal through dialogue, reiterating that the only legal weapon on the Syrian land is the Syrian Arab Army's weapon and any other weapon is illegal and terroristic.

He also added that the current developments in Syria target the Syrian people's existence and national unity in order to serve certain foreign agendas, asserting complete rejection of foreign interference in the country and expressing full support for national dialogue as the only way out of the crisis.

Skeikh Hakmat also called on all the Syrians to adopt the language of logic and dialogue to reach national reconciliation .

Members of the delegation, for their parts, spoke about Syrians' coexistence and national unity. They stressed that the current war on Syria neither related to religious causes nor to a sectarian conflict.

They also asserted that the Syrian people is capable to reach national reconciliation due to their civilized position and education.

The international delegation comprises 16 personalities, including media men, activists from the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Lebanon, in addition to members of the Syrian Popular Committee for National Reconciliation.

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Syrian Arab army impose control over strategic areas

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces have taken control of three strategic sites in al-Qsir countryside in the central province and confront foreign-backed terrorist groups' attacks on military positions in northern and southern provinces.

In details, a military source stated that security has been restored to towns of the western al-Dmeneh, Esh al-Warwar, and al-Haydareya in al-Qsir countryside after eliminating all terrorist groups there in a fighting lasted for three hours.

These towns are strategic sites as they had been used to supply armed terrorist groups inside al-Qsir city with arms.   

In Homs city, units of armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon armed terrorist groups in al-Khaledeyeh, Wadi al-Sayeh, and al-Qarabis alleys and killed unknown number of terrorists.

Other terrorists were reportedly eliminated in Em Jrin village, south Abo al-Dohor military airport outside Idleb province, to the north-west of the country.

In addition, units of armed forces confronted terrorist groups' attacks on Abo al-Dohor airport, Youths camp, and backed bricks factory. All terrorists were killed and their weapons were destroyed.

Clashes in Aleppo 

The foreign-backed terrorists were also inflicted heavy losses in al-Msallameyeh town in the northern Aleppo province where three mortars and rocket launcher were destroyed by the armed forces.

The same province saw clashes broke out between units of armed forces and terrorists in Bestan al-Qaser, Sheikh Maqsod and al-Layramon areas resulted in killing and injuring a lot of terrorist, according to SANA.

Syrian-Jordanian border

Meanwhile, the armed forces confronted an armed terrorist group when it tried to attack a military post outside the southern Daraa province amid reports of pounding terrorists' hideouts in Seson, al-Shapraq, Jamleh, al-Naf'a, Sahem al-Golan, al-Shajarah, and Kawyeh villages.

The Syrian TV channel aired a report on the Syrian-Jordanian border, stressing that the Syrian Arab army impose full control over the border including Nasib crossing point.

3 non-Syrian terrorists killed

In Lattakia countryside, a field hospital and several al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists' hideouts were shelled in Salma, Beit Hlebeyeh and al-Tefaheyeh villages.

A Saudi, Libyan and Egyptian terrorists were killed inside the hideouts.

In Hama city, an explosive device detonated when a terrorist was planting it in al-Qosor alley causing his death.

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