Presidential Decree Naming New Governor for Deir Ezzor

DAMASCUS – President Bashar Al-Assad issued on Wednesday Decree No. 319 for 2016 appointing Mohammad Ibrahim Samra as Governor of Deir Ezzor, SANA reported.

Samra, born in Hama 1956, was graduated from the police academy. He has assumed a number of posts in the Interior Ministry, the latest of which was commander of Sweida police department between 2013 and 2016.

Presidents Al-Assad , Putin Discuss Developments Relating to Terrorism Fighting, Political Settlement in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad and His Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday discussed the latest developments relating the fight against terrorism and the political efforts exerted to solve the crisis in Syria.

During a phone conversation, Putin affirmed Russia's firm stance on Syria based on fighting terrorism and maintaining Syria's territorial integrity.

President Al-Assad: Protecting Civilians in Aleppo Requires Ridding the City of Terrorists

DAMASCUS- President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that protecting civilians in Aleppo necessitates ridding the city of terrorists and this is “our mission according to the constitution and the law”.

 In an interview with the Swiss SRF 1 Channel, to be broadcast in full today at 10 p.m., President Al-Assad said “it is our mission according to the constitution and according to the law to protect people. We have to get rid of those terrorists from Aleppo. This is how we can protect civilians.”

New Governor of Hasaka Sworn in before President Al-Assad

DAMASCUS- New governor of Hasaka Jaez Sawada al-Hammoud al-Mousa was sworn in before President Bashar Al-Assad.

Later, President Al-Assad received the governor, provided him with his directives and wished him success in his missions, SANA reported.

President Al-Assad: We Positively View Improved Relations between Russia and Turkey

DAMASCUS– President Bashar Al-Assad said Syria looks positively at the recent improvement of relations between Moscow and Ankara.

President Al-Assad's remarks came in an interview with the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that is due to be published at 1 am (Damascus time), according to SANA.

Answering a question on whether he thinks the Russians are making a mistake by trusting Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his forces’ shooting down of the Russian warplane, President al-Assad said “in fact, I positively view this relationship. We in Syria only wish that this rapprochement between Russia and Turkey, will enable Russia to make changes in the Turkish policy.”