The cancerous spread of terrorism should be encountered

 DAMASCUS, (ST)_ His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad  underscored that the steadfastness and will are the best way for the realization of people's interests, in reference to the Iranians' steadfastness and unity with their leadership and commitment to their independent resolution which led to the recent signing of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran's peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Receiving the visiting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, President Assad voiced the Syrians appreciation for Iran's firm support to their country, welcoming the sincere efforts exerted by Iran and friendly countries as to stop war launched against Syria and as to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Viewpoints regarding the best ways as to find a peaceful solution for the war launched against Syria were exchanged. Minister Zarif asserted that the Syrians' will should be the compass for whatever ideas to be proposed to this effect and away from foreign interference and in perseverance of Syria's territorial integrity and independence of decision.

Minister Zarif reiterated Iran's determination to pursue providing every support enabling the steadfastness of the Syrians alleviating their sufferings in the face of the bloody war launched against them by the organizations of terrorism.

collective regional and international efforts needed to eradicate terrorism

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad received here today Mr. Falih Al-Fayadh, the Iraqi National Security Advisor and envoy of the Iraqi Premier.

Talks during the meeting asserted that the all-out elimination of terrorism requires collective regional and international  efforts, based on constructive cooperation and on respect for states’ sovereignty and the interests of their people.

Terrorism recognizes no borders underscored President Al-Assad

 DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Terrorism recognizes no borders , and the spread of terrorism cannot be eliminated by a war nor by warplanes. Outlined H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad.

Terrorism is a sick thinking, deformed belief as well as an odd practice and should be eliminated from its roots, added H.E. President Al-Assad, blasting the Western approach in handling terrorism once it strikes at the West and as 'revolution', 'freedom' and 'human rights' once terrorism "strikes at us".

"The West tackling of terrorism is hypocrite with double standards," added President Al-Assad in a landmark speech, aired live on Syrian Satellite TV.

President al-Assad observes Eid al-Fitr prayers

Damascus – President Bashar al-Assad observed on Friday the prayers of Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking at the end of Ramadan) at al-Hamad Mosque in Damascus.

Senior state and Baath Party officials, Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments), Grand Mufti and a number of Islamic scholars performed the prayers at the Mosque, along with a crowd of people.

Unshakable Adherence to Sublime Values Underlined

 DAMASCUS, (ST)_ H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad performed the prayers of Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking at the end of Ramadan) at al-Hamad Mosque in Damascus Friday morning.

Sheikh Mohammad Sharif al-Sawwaf  delivered the eid ceremony, in which he said that Syria has been blessed by God, and it has remained present and kept being renewed over more than ten thousand years despite the events and calamities it went through.

“It is this same blessing that has kept Syria firm and proud today after almost five years during which it faced the fiercest barbaric attacks,” Sheikh Mohammad Sharif al-Sawwaf added, according to SANA.

The land of Syria, he said, is “the land of prophets and holy messages” and Damascus is where Islamic civilization “shone in all its glory”.

Sheikh al-Sawwaf went on saying in his sermon that the Syrians today are “writing a glorious history with them sticking firmly to their land and defending their religion and civilization,” asserting that  the Syrian army is fighting the battles of honor in defense of the sanctities.”

Sawwaf referred to various Islamic projects that have been recently initiated in Syria, including publishing “Crisis Jurisprudence” book to face the “sedition jurisprudence”, developing the religious discourse and launching the “Virtue Project” to promote and consolidate the real national and religious values.

He also referred to an ongoing project to develop the curricula of Religious Education secondary schools, and most recently the launching of a new standard version of Holy Quran which President al-Assad ordered its formation.

Al-Sawwaf declared  in the sermon that President Al-Assad is the believer of the true Islam and  defender of Arabism, guided by a clear vision, an unshakable adherence to genuine values and strong confidence in his army and people.

M. A.