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Al-Halqi: the government continues ensuring citizens’ needs

Damascus (ST)-Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has confirmed that the government keeps on implementing the ministerial statement with firm steps in accordance with available potentials and priorities and on ensuring citizens’ requirements in spite of terrorism and the economic sanctions and difficulties facing them.

In a speech delivered at the People’s Assembly on Thursday, al-Halqi pointed out that Syria is combating the world terrorism which is exported to it by more than forty countries through providing the armed terrorist groups with money and weapons.

Al-Halqi emphasized the government’s support to the Arab Syrian army which is the only guarantee for security of citizens and country, pointing out that the terrorist targeting of development and service institutions is an attempt to target morsel of citizens, to fragmentize social fabric and to assassinate qualifications.

The Premier said that the ministerial committee concerned with implementing the political program for solving the crisis in Syria has held more than 35 meetings with many parties and sectors in Damascus and all governorates.

Regarding the economic, educational and living issues, al-Halqi said: “The maritime process in the ports of Lattakia and Tartous is good, indicating that the government decided to purchase 10 civil aircrafts to join our air navy to ease citizens’ services”.

Al-Halqi clarified that the two refineries of Homs and Banias can ensure big part of citizens’ needs of oil products while the rest part is being imported from the friend countries.

About ensuring gas to citizens, al-Halqi asserted that a new station for filling up gas will be opened in Jamraya in Damascus countryside after the defuse of Adra station.

Regarding the electric sector , the Premier referred to the  terrorists’ continuous targeting of this sector and to the continuous repair operations being executed to provide citizens with electricity.

Al-Halqi also outlined the efforts being made in the water resources, educational, communication and health sectors which are targeted by terrorists.

Al-Halqi underlined that the government is shouldering its national responsibility to ensure residences for people affected by current events who now become 169 thousand persons, adding that SP. 30 billion have been allocated this year for compensating the harmed families.

 Al-Halqi said that agriculture season is good and more than 2.5 million tons of wheat will be stored this year, but the armed terrorist groups are stealing the strategic crops from the silos and move them to Turkey to sell in cheap prices.

“The government is ensuring requirements of planting wheat and cotton”, al-Halqi concluded.

Inas Abdulkareem

Hasaka Governor Sworn in before President al-Assad

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The newly-appointed  governor of Hasaka Province, Mohammad Zaal al-Ali, was sworn in before President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday.

President al-Assad provided al-Ali him with his directives, wishing him to successfully  perform his duties.


Army bombards terrorists' hideouts in several sites

PROVINCES,(ST)_A fighting flared up on Thursday between armed forces and a terrorist group in Der Ezzour province ended in killing 9 terrorists and wounding others.

In other areas of the same province, the armed forces eliminated many al-Nusra Front- linked terrorists and the so-called 'free army', and shelled 7 vehicles driven by terrorists.

Meanwhile, the armed forces carried out qualitative operations in countryside of Homs and Idleb where several terrorist leaders and their men were reportedly killed.

Over the past 48 hours, the Syrian Arab Army destroyed a lot of machinegun-equipped cars which had been used by al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists in Adra area in Damascus countryside, according to al-Watan newspaper.

The paper also reported that the army bombarded several terrorists' hideouts in al Etaiba town, north the Damascus International Airport, and killed two terrorist leaders there.

A child shot dead by terrorists

In a separate development, two citizens (a child and a young man) were martyred and another one was injured when terrorists opened fire on a bus near Jdaydet Artoz area in Damascus Countryside.

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


Mortar rounds hit Engineering Faculty, causing causalities

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Terrorists fired on Thursday two mortar rounds on Damascus landed in the Faculty of Architecture Engineering in Baramke area in Damascus.

15 university students are reportedly martyred and other ones injured by the mortar attack, the Syrian TV channel reported.

Daily, the terrorists launch random mortar rounds on populated areas, and state establishments in Damascus to scare citizens, kill them, and destroy the country's infrastructure.


Aviation Movement at Damascus Airport Normal

DAMASCUS, (ST) – Planes are landing and taking off normally at the Damascus International Airport, the DIA Administration stressed on Thursday, pointing out news reported by some anti-Syria media about the airport are baseless.

H. Mustafa

Syria rejects Doha Summit decisions

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The Syrian Government has censured handing Syria's seat in Doha summit to illegitimate party.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the government underscored that the unprecedented decision adopted by the Arab League on March, 26th, 2013 is a blatant preach of the AL charter and joint Arab action rules.

It cited that this decision, which targets Syria' role and resistance policy, will have dangerous repercussion for the league's future, joint Arab action and Arab national security.

"The Arab League' decisions have helped increase blood shedding in Syria, encouraged terrorists and terrorism, and obstacled efforts being exerted by states and parties to bring about a political solution based on dialogue among Syrians and rejection of foreign meddling in its internal affairs," the statement read.

"dangerous precedent"

It added that the March 26th-decision is a dangerous precedent and destructive to the league making it completely lose  credibility." The league's current policy has consolidated submission to the carrot and stick policy being adopted by some states, particularly Qatar, which imposed policies contradicting the AL charter in an implementation of Israel's agenda and that of some western states which back it."

The statement clarified that the Doha Summit's decision encouraged approach of violence, extremism and terrorism which poses threat to the whole world as it (the decision) provides a false cover to some states which explicitly declare their support for terrorism in Syria.

It asserted that the AL is involved in the crisis and it can't be a part in reaching solution.

Syria warned the states which play with fire through arming, training and sheltering terrorists that they won't be safe when fire reaches them.

Syria to continue combatting terrorism

The government said: "Syria will press ahead with combatting terrorism and protecting homeland and citizens to protect its unity, independence and sovereignty," asserting that the Syrian people are looking forwards to dialogue and seeing positive results of efforts being exerted to halt violence under the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad on January 6th –speech.

The government stressed that the Syrian Arab Republic completely rejects Doha Summit's decisions related to the crisis in Syria and all the dangerous repercussions, saying it has every right to take suitable procedures to defend its sovereignty and its people' interest.

Basma Qaddour        

President Al-Assad sets 4 tracks to guarantee political plan success

DAMASCUS,(ST)_President Bashar al-Assad has directed the ministerial committee entrusted with materializing the political plan to resolve the crisis in Syria to concentrate on four tracks to guarantee success in the coming period.

The four tracks include establishment of an integrated relation between the ministerial committee and sub-committees in all provinces, bringing about national dialogue bases through ongoing consultation talks with representatives of the Syrian people.

Besides, they contain identifying the mechanism of the state's management of dialogue between Syrian society's blocs, and supporting local reconciliations being held in several areas as they will help restore stability and security across the homeland. 

The president met on Wednesday  with the ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Dr.Wael al-Halqi.

According to SANA , talks also dealt with the last –period mechanism followed by the committee to implement the three-stage political plan endorsed on January 9th, 2013.

The committee's members cited importance of such meetings to rectify work, stressing their keenness on paving the ground for launching the comprehensive national dialogue and sparing no effort to implement the political plan to solve the crisis.

The ministerial committee includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

So far, it held dozens of meetings with political and social parties.

Basma Qaddour