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President al-Assad welcomes 2 new ambassadors to Syria

President Bashar al-Assad received on Thursday the new Ambassadors of Pakistan and Oman to Syria who presented their credentials to the president. 

President al-Assad issues decree disbursing one-time grant of 50 thousand SYP for civil and military employees and SYP 40 thousand for pensioners

Damascus, (ST) - President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday issued the legislative decree no. 25 for the year 2020 disbursing a one-time grant with the amount of 50 thousand Syrian pounds to civil and military employees and 40 thousand Syrian pounds to civil and military pensioners.


Following the directives of President al-Assad, the Ministry of Local Administration allocates 2.370 billion SYP to areas damaged by fires in Lattakia and Tartous

Damascus (ST) At the directives of President Bashar al-Assad, and following his recent tour in the regions affected by fires, the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment has allocated 2.370 billion SYP to the governorates of Lattakia and Tartous to carry out services projects in the local administration sector in the villages and towns affected by fires and according to their priorities.

In a statement, Minister of Local Administration and Environment, Hussein Makhlouf said that the President instructed the allocation of 10 million SYP for each village affected by the fires to help the citizens ease the impact of damages that resulted from fires,” noting that the people of the of the villages will choose the projects according to their priorities.

He added that the Ministry has allocated 1.530 billion SYP for Lattakia which covers 153 villages and 840 million SYP for Tartous which covers 84 villages.

President Al-Assad visits Mashta al-Helou in Tartous countryside within his tour to a number of areas affected by recent fires

TARTOUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad on Wednesday visited the town of Mashta al-Helou in Safita area in Tartous countryside within the framework of his tour to the fire-affected areas.

President Al-Assad met with the locals and was briefed on the damage that was inflicted upon them and their agricultural lands.  

The President also met with members of the civil defense teams in the town.

President Bashar Al-Assad visits fire-affected areas

LATTAKIA, (ST): President Bashar al-Assad  visited this morning Balloran area in Lattakia northern countryside to be briefed on the damage and meet the locals within a tour to some areas which were affected by the fires a few days ago.

President al-Assad was briefed on the requirements of the locals of Balloran village, in the forefront of which was  securing the basic needs which assist in taking care of their lands and re-farming them as soon as possible.

Ministers of Local Administration and Agriculture and Agrarian Reforms ,Lattakia Governor, and director of Agriculture in the governorate  accompanied President al-Assad on his tour.

President Al-Assad also visited Bsout village in Lattakia.

In a statement to the Syrian media, President Al-Assad said that the government will provide financial support for the families, who have lost their resources, to help them remain in their lands and re-farm them as soon as possible.

“The main objective of this visit is to assess the details in order to make sure that the plans that we will put in place during the coming days are realistic and applicable and not only theoretical. We listened to very important ideas, especially since each area has certain details that differ from those of other areas and the solution differs from one area to another,” President Al-Assad said.

President Al-Assad noted that there are huge challenges to compensate for the loss, but these challenges are not difficult to overcome. The first is replanting the lands and restoring production to help the locals remain in their areas through providing seedlings and technical support. The second is the humanitarian and financial support for the rural families who lost their resources. And third, is being aware of exploitation attempts by some people who may seek to buy land cheaply after it burnt to the ground, thus turning green agricultural land into real estate areas.

He described the disaster that occurred as a national Catastrophe in the human, economic and environmental sense, stressing that the government will support all the fire-affected areas and individuals without exceptions. He pointed out that this visit will be followed by similar ones in order to get more details.

The President saluted the civil defense teams, for, despite weak firefighting capabilities, spared no effort to bravely put out the fires. He also greeted the heroes of the Syrian Arab Army who are present at all fronts.

President Al-Assad’s tour also included Kfar Dbayel town in the countryside of Jableh city, where the fires destroyed a large part of the town's forests and woodlands

 K.Q. / Hamda Mustafa