President Al-Assad: Syrians, Armenians Facing Same Challenges, Threats

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that both the Armenian and Syrian peoples are facing common threats and challenges and that the Ottomans, who one hundred years ago committed massacres against the Armenian people, are now having Erdogan and his government using the same tools, mainly terrorism, against the Syrian people.

President Al-Assad was speaking during his meeting on Thursday with a delegation representing the Armenian-Syrian Friendship Association at the Armenian National Assembly.

 “The parliaments which are legally elected by their peoples are now strongly demanded to move actively as to pressure the international community in order to adopt a successful policy against terrorism and extremist takfiri mentality”, President Al-Assad said, asserting that “this is not only for the sake of the Syrian people, but for the sake of the peoples of the entire world, because terrorism knows no borders and it can’t be limited to a country without another.”

Head of the Armenian delegation Tachat Vardapetyan, on his part, affirmed the Armenian people’s support for the Syrian people in the confrontation of the terrorist war waged on them by terrorist organizations backed by well-known regional countries.

He said he was confident that Syria will emerge victorious from its war against terrorism and its supporters.

Talks focused also on boosting the Syrian-Armenian friendship and parliamentary ties as to further enhance the deep political relations between the two countries.

The meeting was attended by head of the Syrian-Armenian Friendship Society at the Syrian People’s Assembly Boutros Murjana and the Armenian Ambassador in Damascus Arshak Poladian.

Hamda Mustafa

Turkey Should be Compelled to Halt its Destructive Role

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad underscored the necessity for international community movement as to compel Turkey to halt its destructive role, with its dire consequences not only on the Syrian People, but on all the people in the region , including the Turkish people.

During his talks here Wednesday with the visiting Foreign Minister of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, President Al-Assad pointed out that viewpoints were identical regarding the risks posed by the role played by Turkish leaderships in this phase, which brought again the pain and sufferings of the region people at the hands of the old Ottoman Empire.

President Al-Assad lauded Armenia stances by Syria during the ongoing crisis, asserting that Armenian Government can play an important role at this stage through the conveying of correct picture and reality to the West, particularly regarding the proliferation of terrorist Takfiri forces, backed intellectually, financially, and militarily from Western sides as well as from other proxy regional sides.

H.E. President Al-Assad underlined the need for genuine fight against terrorism and not only through lip services and secret support to terrorism.

The Syrian People suffer today what the Armenian People suffered in their history and with the same tools of slaughter and terrorism, even the objectives and way were different, underscored President Al-Assad.

Minister Nalbandian condemned the massacres perpetrated by the terrorists against the Syrian People, which also target the pivotal role of Syria with its deep rooted long history of harmony and accord among all the components of Syria.

Minister Nalbandian underlined the need for collective and genuine efforts as to fight terrorism and secure appropriate conditions for solving the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves.

In a joint press conference with Minister Nalbandian, Minister al-Moallem said  the Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, has to stop conspiring  against Syria, he and his allies, and the Syrian People are able to confront the terrorist attacks and forbid any bids at dismembering Syria.

Blasted the recent statements by Turkish Foreign Ministry prove  Turkey' acknowledgement of supporting terrorism in Syria, added Minister al-Moallem.

Minister al-Moallem hailed the support provided by Iran an Russia to the steadfastness of the Syrians against the terrorism, supported swiftly on a daily basis by anti-Syrians, citing the flux of Takfiri terrorists, weapons, ammunition from across the borders, where the injured terrorists are treated too.

In reply to another question, Minister al-Moallem blasted those who back ISIS and Al-Nusra in Syria as unbalanced and filled with grudge, asserting that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and Turkey escalate attacks and conspire against Syria.

“Had the international community brought to account the butchers who committed the Armenian massacres in the beginning of last century, their descendants today in Turkey wouldn’t have dared perpetrate massacres through their tools in Syria,” said al-Moallem.

“What has the international community done about the new butchers?” he asked.

Minister al-Moallem  added that the visiting Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian held “fruitful and constructive” talks with President Bashar Al-Assad.

al-Moallem said he held a round of talks with Nalbandian at the Foreign Ministry HQ that addressed different issues and discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries.

“Our viewpoints were identical with regard to the issues that were discussed, including the bilateral relations and the priority of fighting terrorism in Syria,” he added.

The Armenian Foreign Minister said there must be “a strong international confrontation” against terrorism in the Middle East, particularly in Syria.

“We are worried about the continuous confrontations in Syria and the current crisis and the disasters resulting from the terrorists’ operations there,” Nalbandian added.

He said Armenia has, since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, constantly raised the issue of prohibiting support to the terrorists and the need of finding an immediate solution to the situation in the Middle East, at various international forums.

“We will continue to keep these issues at the center of the international community’s concerns,” he added.

Nalbandian noted that his visit to Syria this year in particular bears a symbolic meaning, as a hundred years ago, the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against a million and a half Armenians.

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Syrian Army Soldiers know neither defeat nor surrender, President Al-Assad.


DAMASCUS, (ST)_ ''The Syrian Army Soldiers know neither defeat nor surrender,'' H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad said in a phone call with Colonel  Mahmoud Sabha, the Leader of the Syrian Soldiers Group in Jisr Al-Shoghour.

In a daring operation, the Syrian Army broke the siege imposed by terrorists, particularly from Al-Nusra terrorist group, on the Army soldiers in Jisr Al-Shoghour Hospital.

''You embody through your heroism every soldier in the Syrian Arab Army. Your trust in God and in your comrades in the Syrian Arab Army as coming to break the siege imposed on you refer to the quality of this Army, its doctrines, self-confidence and trust in its members and their heroism,'' added H. E. President Al-Assad.

President Al-Assad: Attempts to Undermine Arab Identity and Culture Gravest Danger Facing Arab Nation


DAMASCUS, (ST)-President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that “the gravest danger facing our nations is embodied by attempts of undermining the Arab identity and culture.”

President Al-Assad was speaking during His Excellency’s meeting with members of the General Secretariat and heads of organizations in the Union of Arab Teachers participating in the Unions’ 19th General Conference held in Damascus.

Iran Support in the Battle against Terrorism


 DAMASCUS, (ST)_  The support provided to the Syrian People by the Islamic Republic of Iran is but a fundamental cornerstone in the battle against terrorism, underscored H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad.

President Al-Assad, during a meeting  with Mr. Ali Akbar Velayati , Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's top adviser on international affairs, blasted the support and backing provided by other countries in the region, on top of them stand Saudi Kingdom and Turkey, to the terrorists who have been perpetrating the most heinous crimes against the Syrian citizens.