A new Syrian government led by Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa Miro was formed on Thursday following a decree issued by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Marc Pierini, head of the European Union delegation in Syria, blamed the lack of substantive economic reforms in Syria for delays in negotiating an association agreement with the EU, reported Al Quds.
According to a Syrian official Syria and Iraq are concerned about Turkey's commitment to a 1987 agreement on sharing the waters of the Euphrates and Tigris, said Teshreen.
A judge trying a lawmaker accused of violating the constitution and defaming the government agreed to a request by defence lawyers Tuesday to summon Interior Minister Mohammed Harba to testify in court, said Al Hayat.
Lawyers for Syrian opposition deputy Riad Seif, accused of trying to change the constitution illegally, called Wednesday for Syrian parliament speaker Abdel Kader Kaddura to be summoned to testify, reported L'Orient-le-Jour.
The National progressive front, the highest executive body in the country, has requested each member party to put forward a list of its executives to fill the ministerial post that each of them is entitled to in the government, reported Al Hayat.
According to diplomatic sources, president Bashar al-Assad is expected to appoint a new cabinet in the coming few weeks, his first government reshuffle since he succeeded his late father Hafez al-Assad, said CNN.
Political sources in Damascus said that President Bashar el Assad is expected to re-appoint Mustapha Miro as head of the incoming government, reported Al Hayat.
The events of September 11 have opened opportunities that must be grasped to forge better relations with countries such as Iran and Syria, said British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reshuffled eight government portfolios early October.
Syrian sources said that they expected a delay in the signing of a partnership with the European Union, reported Al Sharq al Awsat. This expected delay is mainly a consequence of the international situation following the September 11th attacks.
Syria and its close ally Lebanon are to end their boycott of a 27-nation European Union Mediterranean conference next week despite Israel's presence at a ministerial meeting in Brussels, reported Zawya.


Syrian Medicare 2011
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