President Al-Assad Issues Two Decrees on Establishing Financial Prosecution Office, Provision Courts

DAMASCUS, (ST) – President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday issued Decree No. 9 for 2013 on establishing trial and appellate courts in each of the provinces to look into supplies- and provision-related issues.

President al-Assad also issued Decree No. 10 for 2013 on the establishment of a financial prosecution office tasked with crimes related to public funds.

Speeding  up Disposition in Financial Lawsuits

Minister of Justice, Dr. Najm al-Ahmad, stressed that the legislative decree no 9 on establishing trial and appellate courts is based on the relationship between the supplies-related issues with the daily life of citizens and economic security of the state.

SANA was quoted  al-Ahmad as saying" these courts will contribute to achieving economic and social stability and speeding up disposition of provision-related disputes,"

"the legislative decree no. 10 stipulating for establishing financial prosecution office tasked with crimes related to public funds will help cut down on financial crimes and preserve public funds,"affirmed the minister.



Syria,Iran ink MOU on economic cooperation,transfer of technology


TEHRAN, (ST) – Syria and Iran on Wednesday signed Memorandum of Understanding on economic cooperation and construction of power plant.

The agreement was signed by energy officials of the two countries in presence of Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and Iran's 1st Vice-President Mohammad Riza-Rahimi.

After signing a memorandum,the Syrian and Iranian officials attended a joint press conference.

Rahimi highlighted talks with senior Syrian officials in the past two days and said the two officials discussed avenues to broaden economic ,commercial,political,cultural and health care cooperation between the two countries.

He(Rahimi)s reiterated his country's support to the Syrian government's efforts to restore security and stability and combat terrorism, which is supported by Syria's enemies in the West and the USA and their agents in the region.

Larijani: Iran is Committed to Provide All Forms of Support to Enhance Syria's Steadfastness

Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani, stressed the importance of the political program which was launched by President Bashar al-Assad to solve the crisis in Syria,  voicing Iran's support  to solve the crisis on the basis of dialogue and political and democratic means.

In a meeting with Premier al-Halqi and the accompanying delegation, Larijani expressed Iran's commitment to stand by Syria on all levels, saying "Our duty is to offer all forms of support to enhance Syria's steadfastness and help it overcome the current crisis and restore its security and stability."

"Syria is facing economic pressure and several challenges in the oil, gas and electicity sectors because of its commitment to its national stances and supporting the resistance,"said the Premier al-Halqi.

He hailed the achievements of the Armed Forces in the face of terrorism and terrorist groups, stressing that Syria will achieve victory in its battle against terrorism thanks to the unity of its people and the support of its friends.

Al-Halqi expressed gratitude to Iran's leadership and people for their stances in support of the Syrian people in face of terrorism.

The two sides reviewed cooperation and friendly relations between the two countries, stressing the importance of following up what has been agreed upon to facilitate entry of gas and gas oil into Syria.



Terrorists Suffer Heavy Human, Material Losses in Several Areas

GOVERNORATES,(ST)_ The armed forces on Tuesday inflected heavy losses  on terrorists groups that terrorized people and targeted the infrastructure in Duma farms, the eastern Ghouta and  Daraya in Rural Damascus, where  terrorists Mahmoud al-Ghammaz and Jamil al-Shaghouri, leaders of two terrorist groups, and  terrorists Walid Abu Kheir, Qasem Qalla, Mahmoud al-Masri, Muhammad Khaleifa and Abu Ahmad Shakhasheiro were killed.

Scores of terrorists were  killed while  trying to attack the customs building in Deir Attiya city in Rural Damascus, targeted  by  terrorist bombing by a  booby trapped car.

More terrorists were killed in  qualitative operations carried out by the armed forces against terrorists shelters  in  Bustan al-Qaser, al-Sukkari area and Allirmoun in the city,  and  in Khan Touman area in rural Aleppo where  several terrorists were killed  including Khaled Wadea, a Yemeni national.

The armed forces have restored Security  and stability  to Tiebet al-Imam town in Hama after the extermination  of scores of  al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorists and the so called "  Brigades of al-Chaam  liberals" , who had rampaged  the area  and committed acts of robbery and looting against public and private property, an official source said..

The source added that trenches and tunnels were found  in the town ,  used by the terrorists in their movements and transfer of ammunition, adding that the engineering units dismantled a number of improvised explosive devices planted by terrorists in the town's streets and surroundings.

In Daraa,  all members of the terrorist group were killed and injured , and their weapons and ammunition  destroyed  while trying  to attack a military check point in Daraa countryside.

 In rural Idleb, two vehicles fitted with machine guns  were destroyed and  the terrorists  manning them were killed , whereas, heavy material and human losses were inflicted on the ranks of terrorists in Tel Dahab of al-Haula area in rural Homs.

Meantime, the customs authority  in Homs  confiscated truck loaded with  5 thousands of tobacco packets  , hidden under  tomato boxes on Homs Damascus road.



Al-Jaafari: Turkish Government Carries out Piracy, Economic Terrorism against Syria

NEW YORk, (ST) - The criminal acts perpetrated by armed terrorist groups in Syria have reached a dangerous level and the suspicious goals, which some states have been keen to achieve through backing terrorism and extremism in the country, have been uncovered, underlined Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari.

In the statement of the Syrian Arab Republic at the UN Security Council's session held on Tuesday under the chairmanship  of Pakistan's Foreign Minister, al-Jaafari said 'the terrorist groups in Syria seize the chance of holding the Security Council's meeting every time to commit their crimes against the Syrians and this is what happened today when a horrible terrorist attack hit Aleppo University claiming the lives of 82 students and wounding more than 162 others, who were there to do their exams.

During the session, which was held under the title "Adopting an all-out Policy to Combat Terrorism", al-Jaafari had the opportunity to express the Syrian government's condemnation of the terrorist attack which targeted the Pakistani city of Quetta. He pointed out that the tools being used by the terrorists in many countries member in the UNSC are very similar to those used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Al-Jaafari added that the terrorist groups in Syria targeted the vital utilities and the infrastructure in several areas to cause an-all out destruction and undermine all living sources of the citizens. They also targeted international humanitarian assistance provided by the UN, assassinated Syrian Red Crescent volunteers, attacked civil planes, threatened international workers and diplomatic missions in Syria and committed all kinds of crimes against the Syrian people aiming to destroy the Syrian state and society not to disseminate democracy and make reforms as they allege. 


Terrorism Support

The UN Syria Permanent Representative said that despite the late international recognition of the existence of armed groups and al-Qaeda linked terrorists committing horrible crimes in Syria, some countries openly keep financing, arming, sheltering and training these terrorist groups and providing them with political and media support.

He pointed out that al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group of "Jabhet al-Nousra" has announced responsibility of committing many terrorist crimes in Syria, pointing out that the US Channel (CNN) and some western research centers have recently stressed that " Jabhet al-Nousra" is responsible for 600 terrorist acts committed in Syria during the past two years.

"We repeatedly warned at UNSC meetings of the danger of extremist terrorists being smuggled into Syria to undermine the state and target the diversity and strong cohesion which distinguish the Syria society," al-Jaafari said. "We also called on the countries, which back terrorism, to stop their support and urged the Security Council and the parties concerned in fighting terrorism to shoulder their responsibilities in this respect, but certain influential states have blocked the adoption of practical steps to put an end to the terrorism being practiced in Syria and even prevented the issuance of some condemnation statements," he added.


Turkish piracy

Al-Jaafari affirmed that the Turkish government has exploited the suffering of the Syrian people to carry out acts of piracy and economic terrorism represented in its collusion with armed groups to steal some 1500 industrial and pharmaceutical facilities and move them from Aleppo to Turkey. He stressed that such criminal acts, which target the living of the Syrian citizens, necessitate a decisive response by the Security Council aiming at forcing the Turkish government to bring back the stolen properties to their Syrian owners and provide compensation to the victims.

He pointed out that these Turkish piracy practices constitute an insult to the Turkish people and negatively affect neighborhood relations between Syria and Turkey.

"Regional and international intervention in Syria's internal affair has become blatant and ignoring some countries violations of the simplest principles of international legitimacy has become shameful, Al-Jaafari concluded, wondering how  terrorism can be fought in Mali while the same terrorism in Syria is being supported and encouraged.


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President Directives to Rehabilitee Aleppo University. Universities Mourn Martyred Students

Damascus, (ST)_ " President Bashar al-Assad  gave his directions to rehabilitate, quickly,  what has been destroyed  of Aleppo University by armed terrorists, " said Minister of Higher Education Dr. Muhammad Yahya Moualla,.

In a statement  today ( Wednesday) Moualla added the President 's decision for immediate and full speed rehabilitation of the  damaged university  aims at ensuring  continuous teaching  and examination processes.

The Minister announced suspension of  teaching and  examinations at the  Syrian universities today ( Wednesday) to mourn the Syrian students  martyrs of  the University of Aleppo , who were the victims of terrorist treachery of two rockets fired by terrorists  from Allirmoun  area against Aleppo University on Tuesday, resulted in huge human and material losses.


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Terrorists launch two rockets at Aleppo University

ALEPPO, (ST) – Armed terrorists  launch two rockets   at the University of Aleppo on Tuesday.

The rockets were launched from al-Lairamoun area causing a number of causalities.

"the university was in session as it was the day for semester exams, "said SANA.

The terrorist act  also caused causalities among displaced people whose who are staying at the University dormitory, "added SANA.

After the two blasts ,two other shells slammed the Bani Zeid district in Aleppo causing a number of causalities, reported SANA.


Al-Halqi Arrives in Tehran, Starts Official Talks

TEHRAN (ST)- Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi was officially welcomed by Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi in Tehran on Tuesday, and started talks with the Iranian VP immediately after his arrival.  

Al-Halqi and Rahimi started talks at the presidential palace in the capital, Tehran, after an official welcome ceremony which was attended by high-ranking Syrian  and Iranian officials.

Rahimi and al-Halqi discussed the latest ways of both expanding ties between the two countries and helping to the establishment of peace in Syria,according to FARS.

During his two-day stay in Tehran, the prime minister al-Halqi  is also slated to confer with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and other officials.

Al-Halqi will discuss with Iranian officials the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's three-staged peace initiative.

Last week, Rahimi in a telephone conversation with al-Halqi voiced Iran's support for the three-staged peace plan proposed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to settle the crisis in Syria.

On January 6, President Assad voiced his readiness for dialogue with the opposition and political parties in Syria. The Syrian leader also proposed general elections, adoption of a new constitution as well as a national reconciliation conference.

During the phone conversation on January 9, Rahimi said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports this issue and considers it a step forward in the establishment of stability and security in Syria."

"Terrorists and aliens should know that the Syrian nation want peace and reforms, and they do not accept foreign intervention in their affairs by any means," the Iranian first vice-president said.

Al-Halqi , for his part, thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran's stances in supporting the Syrian government and nation.

Also last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast called on all regional and international parties to support President Assad's peace initiative.