Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to the Czech paper Literarni Noviny. Following is the full text of the interview:
Question 1: Mr. President, I would like to start from the beginning. Less than a decade ago, Syria was building its relations with the west, and you were implementing World Bank-proposed reforms, and Mr. Kerry, until 2010, I believe, used to call you “my dear friend,” and somehow, overnight, everything changed, and you became a dictator and a Hitler and so on. What’s your opinion about that? How can you explain this dramatic change?
President Assad: In fact, I haven’t changed, neither have we changed our policies, values or principles. The problem lies with the West, and it’s not a new problem. It is related to the independence of our country. In fact, this is the problem of the west with many other countries, including Syria. During the period you refer to concerning relations with the West, between 2008 and 2010, relations were good, but in fact they were not based on mutual respect. For instance, France wanted Syria to play a role with Iran concerning the nuclear file. What was required was not to be part of that file, but to convince Iran to take steps which are against its interests. We refused to do that. They also wanted us to take a position against resistance in our region before putting an end to Israeli occupation and aggression against the Palestinians and other neighboring countries. We refused that too. They wanted us to sign the Euro-Association Agreement which was against our interests and was meant to turn our country into an open market for their products while giving us a very small share of their markets. We refused to do that because it is against the interests of the Syrian people. Continue reading President al-Assad: Killing civilians is terrorism, events in France brought European policies to account
by Z. Dimitrov, Al-Masdar News
In three months, or March 2015, Syria will enter the fourth year of its bitter internal conflict. Most Syrian provinces have suffered from the ongoing insurgency, seeing battles between the Syrian Arab Army and increasingly fundamentalist insurgents which have left extensive destruction in their wake. But while government troops have managed to turn the tide against the insurgency and are now on the offensive on all but one fronts, the sight of another battle looms on the horizon – the battle for the economy. Continue reading The Silent Front: Syria’s Economy
Locals of al-Abd village in the countryside of the eastern province of Deir Ezzor clashed with terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) following the latter’s kidnapping of more residents, state-run SANA news agency reported.
More villages are joining the tribal revolt against the terrorist organization in the province, which has recently amounted to tribesmen repeatedly engaging in confrontations and armed clashes with ISIS, which has crossed all limits of brutality, perpetrating crimes of murder, rape, abduction and crucifixion. Continue reading More Villages Join Revolt against ISIS in Deir Ezzor
Damascus, SANA – Speaker of Iran’s Shura Council Ali Larijani said Sunday the issue of combating terrorism is not a matter of concern for Syria only, stressing that many of the region’s countries are involved in fighting the terrorist groups.
Given this “key point” that should be taken into consideration, support must be provided to Syria, government and people, in its fight against terrorism, said Larijani, addressing a press conference held jointly with the People’s Assembly’s Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham.
He dismissed the claim of those who have been killing and got engaged in wars over years to be fighting in the name of establishing democracy, stressing that the matter is one that has nothing to do with democracy.
Larijani promised that Iran will spare no effort to provide support to Syria come to finding a solution to its crisis, pointing out that there are close contacts with the Russians and that the deliberations on the Russian initiative to resolve the crisis are on. Continue reading Larijani: Syria must be backed, it’s Iran’s honor to serve it
Damascus, SANA – Director of the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR) Ali Mustafa said armed terrorist organizations prevented on Thursday aid convoys from reaching civilians trapped inside Yarmouk Camp in Damascus. Continue reading Terrorist organizations in Yarmouk Camp prevent aid convoys from reaching civilians
The Occupied Syrian Golan, SANA – Majed Farhan al-Shaer, Syrian prisoner in the Israeli jails, said that Syria in its war against the international terrorism is on the path of achieving victory. Continue reading Syrian prisoner in Zionist dungeons: Syria on its way to victory
Cairo, SANA – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad stressed the standing coordination between the Israeli enemy and the Muslim Brotherhood, with the Islamist movement being all the way aided and abetted by the Turkish side.
He pointed out in an interview with the Egyptian al-Ahram newspaper, as part of a special file on Syria, that Muslim Brotherhood has been the tool which the US used to implement its plan to change the situation in the Middle East region through reliance on political Islam.
Mikdad noted that Syria has documents proving that meetings were held in the Turkish city of Istanbul in the 1990s that brought together Muslim Brotherhood delegations from Egypt and other Arab countries and the American and Israeli intelligence under the supervision of the Turkish side. Continue reading Syrian Deputy FM Mikdad: Turkey coordinates with Muslim Brotherhood and Israel
Syria President Bashar al-Assad received members of the general secretariat of the Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe who wrapped up a recent conference in Damascus, SANA reported.
The secretariat’s chairman Dr. Radi al-Shoaibi led the delegation.
President al-Assad stressed during the meeting that the secretariat choosing Damascus to hold the conference in despite circumstances in Syria and the region carries significant implications, especially the Palestinians’ appreciation for Syria’s key role in championing the Palestinian cause. Continue reading Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: Palestinian Cause Most Affected by Ongoing Events