Defending Principles Has Its Price, Underlined President Assad

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ ''Defending principles has its price and we in Syria have been paying a very big price as to safeguard our homeland and the independency of our decision,'' underscored H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad.

Receiving the participants in the Damascus held meetings of the Executive Committee of World Peace Council here today, President Assad added: '' the principles, being realistic and based on the interests of the people, are but the solid foundations in the face of the narrow interests of some Western countries which never even hesitate to  launch wars for their interests,''

 For achieving this objective, such countries use extremist thinking, propagated for by the US Administration in the eighties, and spread ignorance as to facilitate their plots to push the people towards wars, and not to forget their spread of poverty worldwide,'' added H.E. President Assad.

President Assad highlighted the pivotal role of the World Peace Council and the International Democratic Youth Union in commitment to the defence of truth in embodiment for peace principles when international policies are based on lies and misleading the people.

Determination to Eliminate Terrorism and Restore Stability Underscored

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad  reiterated here today that Syria would pursue to the best of its genuine will to fight against terrorism  as to eliminate it and restore stability.

Receiving the visiting Russian   President Special Envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev and the accompanying Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and delegation members, President Assad underscored Syria's commitment to her rights enshrined by International Laws and Conventions, as not to allow any foreign side to meddle in her domestic affairs.

'Some countries in the region and several Western countries continue to interfere in the political track and put pressures as impose their will on the Syrians, which would but obstruct the achievement of any progress,'' outlined H.E. President Assad.

Viewpoints regarding the developments of conditions in Syria, particularly at the political track and the process of the formation of the present Constitution Committee, were exchanged.

Bilateral Relations between Syria and Crimea Bolstered


DAMASCUS, (ST)_ H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad received here today President of the Crimean Republic Sergei Aksyonov, who is visiting Syria presiding over a high-level delegation.

President Assad congratulated  the Crimean people and leadership over fulfilling their own will of returning to the homeland of the Russian Federation.

President Assad outlined that this visit constitutes a good start for building relations of cooperation between the two sides in various fields, given the fact  that the two countries enjoy a distinguished geographical  position on the Black and Mediterranean seas.

President  Aksyonov expressed his pleasure over visiting Syria and working on boosting bilateral relations in the interest of the peoples of Syria and Crimea, who have struggled for defending their homelands and their independent will.

The meeting touched upon the measures as to build strong bilateral relations, a joint trading house and a joint sea transportation company, exchanging, launching  direct flights between the two countries and exchanging visits between businessmen, setting up plans for culture exchange.



Dr. Mohamad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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President Al-Assad: Syrian-Iraqi Coordination Never Stopped Despite Critical Security Conditions

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that the victories achieved over terrorism in Syria and Iraq are common victories for the two countries which have been fighting terrorists in a joint battlefield where the blood of the Syrian and Iraqi heroes, who made these victories, was mixed together.

President Al-Assad’s remarks were made during a meeting on Monday with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Talks dealt with developments on the Syrian and Iraqi arenas as well as with regional and international situation.

President Al-Assad reiterated the importance of enhancing the historical relations between Syria and Iraq, mainly at the popular level.

Despite difficult security conditions in both countries and the foreign plots to hinder the progress of bilateral relations, coordination at all levels between the two countries has never stopped and there has been mutual understanding of what is going on in the region and the world, President Al-Assad stressed.

Determination to Eliminate Terrorism Reiterated. President Assad.


DAMASCUS, (ST)_ the preparations for the battle of Idleb caused a hysteria condition for  Western countries as the liberation of Idleb, the last fortification for terrorist organizations,  would but put an end to the war of terrorism against Syria and foil their schemes as to prolong this war, H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad outlined.

Presiding over the meeting of the Baath Arab Socialist Party (BASP) here today, President Assad, the BASP Regional Secretary General, reiterated that the Syrian Army would after the liberation of Idleb liberate the remaining areas, which also was another cause for the said hysteria.

President Assad pointed out that the latest agreement about Idleb, a temporary agreement, did bring gains on the ground with concrete territorial advances where the agreement securing of the safe zones bordering the region specified by the agreement did also spare much blood.