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The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Russian TV in 2011.

The translation is by Syria’s state-news agency, SANA.

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – In an interview with Russia's Rossiya 1 TV channel on Sunday, President Bashar Al-Assad discussed developments in Syria and the region, Syria's efforts to emerge from the crisis, the dangers and repercussions of any aggression against Syria or interference in its internal affairs, relations with Russia, and western sanctions.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with ABC News on December 07, 2011.


Interview with The Sunday Times on November 20, 2011. 


The English transcript of statements made by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad following talks with the Romanian president on November 10, 2010.


Developments of the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

The Council of the League of Arab States, meeting in Cairo on 2 November 2011 at the ministerial level in an extraordinary resumed session,


The end of the holy month of Ramadan is approaching and the stalemate between the government and the opposition carries on with both sides holding fast to their respective positions.


In an interview on Syrian TV yesterday, the Syrian President confirmed that the Constitution would be revised and that parliamentary elections will be held next February, yet he maintained a defiant tone towards foreign pressures and offered little in the way of political reforms.


Below, is Syrian Arab News Agency's transcript of the August 21, 2011 interview on Syrian TV with President Bashar al-Assad.


On Thursday in a significant diplomatic development, the US and its European allies called upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power. The move was met with repugnance on the part of the Syrian government.


Italy and Saudi Arabia have announced that they are recalling their ambassadors to Damascus in protest against handling by the Syrian authorities of the popular revolt gripping the country.


The first week of Ramadan proved to be a violent one, as over the course of the last seven days, more than 250 civilians were reportedly killed in military crackdowns across the country.


Syriatel, the larger of the country’s two mobile phone operators, said that its first half revenues stood at SYP 25.43 billion, stable from the same period of 2010.


The European Union has expanded the list of persons it is putting under sanctions to include five more individuals, including the Minister of Defence, Ali Habib.


The momentum of the Syrian uprising continues to grow as protestors on Friday July 29 again exceeded 1 million across the country. The death toll from the day remains unclear, with most estimates suggesting some 23 were killed. The start of the week ushered in a new political parties law as well as a draft law on elections. Nevertheless, tensions are mounting as Monday August 1 brings the start of Ramadan, during which daily mass protests are expected.


An edited transcript by the Syrian state news agency of the speech of Bashar Al-Assad to the Syrian armed forces on the occasion of the 66th anniversry of the formation of the Syrian Army.


In an additional sign of the growing crisis impacting Syria’s economy, Al-Iqtissadiya, a business weekly, and the first private sector publication to be licensed after the arrival to power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, announced that it would stop publishing during the whole month of Ramadan.


An estimated 1.2 million protestors took to the streets across Syria on Friday July 22 - the largest turnout ever since the unrest began on March 15. Earlier in the week in a significant diplomatic blow, the Embassy of Qatar in Damascus closed and its Ambassador abandoned his post. Meanwhile, the heavy crackdown against the opposition in Homs continued throughout the week.


The inconclusive finish of the staging meetings of the government-led national dialogue, followed by attacks against the US and French embassies in Damascus on July 11, kicked off another tumultuous week in Syria.


The week of June 27 marked a sea change for the Syrian protest movement. At the start of the week, 190 opposition members met for the first time in public in Damascus. In response to the meeting, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad set July 10, 2011 as the start date for national dialogue.


On June 20, President Bashar al-Assad made an address to the nation that highlighted the severity of the country's economic crisis and blamed recent unrest on conspirators.


Syria’s stock market’s main index, the DWX, lost 5.31 percent over the course of the last four sessions with every single stock traded losing ground in every one of the last four sessions.


The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at Damascus University on June 20, 2011. 


Today in his third speech since the beginning of the unrest in the country, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad failed to announce any significant political decisions – contrary to expectations raised in the preceding days  – although he admitted to the legitimate demands of some of the protesters as well as to the risk of the collapse of the Syrian economy.


After-prayers protests on Friday June 17 resulted in the deaths of an estimated 24 as pressure on the Syrian government from the US and the European Union continues to increase.


Extreme violence on Friday June 3 during after prayers protestors resulted in the deaths of at least 63. The worst of the unrest occurred in Hama, where over forty were reportedly killed.


The Syrian Government has established a committee that is expected to submit within two months a draft blueprint on economic policy, although the political situation and the Government’s own recent decisions have tremendously reduced its margins of maneuvers.


An estimated 12 people died in unrest on Friday May 27, while harsh criticisms and strong calls for reform from neighboring Turkey have yet to hold sway with the Syrian government, and the international community continues in its struggle to come to a firm consensus on the most appropriate response to the turmoil in Syria.


Foreign Ministers of the European Union have agreed to impose an asset freeze and a travel ban on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and nine other state officials.


After two weeks of comparative calm amid weeks of acute turmoil, Friday saw a resurgence of extreme violence with the death-toll from the day's after-prayers protests reportedly reaching as high as 44.


The US Administration has announced that it was imposing sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and six other senior Government officials as well as on three of the country’s largest companies, Cham Holding, Bena Properties and Al-Mashreq Investment Fund.


Conflicting narratives abound in Syria, as the government and those participating in the unrest across the country endeavor to shape how Syrians and the outside world interpret the country's tumult.


There has been a marked decline in unrest across Syria over the course of the last week. The precise reason for this remains unclear - as does the outlook for the protest movement itself. 


For the first time in five weeks, President Bashar al-Assad offered no concessions the day before Friday's planned mass after-prayers protests.


On Friday, violence in Syria reached shocking levels as more than 100 were killed in crackdowns against protestors who rallied after morning prayers in cities, towns and villages across the country.


Syria’s newly-appointed Minister of Economy has said that his Government will work on reducing the price of gas oil and try to make of Syria a second Singapore.


The departure of Abdallah Dardari, the man who most symbolised in the last decade the transition of Syria from a state-led to a market-led economic system, represents the most significant change in the newly-appointed Government.


The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad before the newly-sworn Government on April 16.


Over the weekend, President Bashar al-Assad addressed the nation for the second time since the beginning of the unrest in mid-March. His speech highlighted the most significant demands of the country's protest movement and came on the heels of another week of turbulence in cities and villages across the country.


Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has issued a new decree easing the process for foreigners to acquire real estate property.


Protests in Syria are approaching their fifth week and are showing no signs of slowing. The death toll from ongoing unrest continues to rise as the government states there is "no more room for leniency or tolerance" in response to recent turmoil in the country.


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a close Syrian ally, said on Friday that he followed the events in Syria with concern and that he would press Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to speed up political reforms.


The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad before the Syrian Parliament on March 30, 2011.


In a long awaited speech on Wednesday 30 March Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad talked of the "conspirators" who, he said, wanted to weaken and divide Syria, but failed to give any timeframe for the lifting of the 48-year old State of Emergency or for carrying any other significant political move.


Updated March 28th: Since the inception of unrest in Syria on March 15 2011, tensions here have shown few signs of cooling and indeed have been continually stoked by rising fatalities.


The Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, has nominated the seven board members of the newly established Telecoms Supervisory Authority.


This year should see some reforms at the municipal election level as well as new laws to regulate the media sector and give more freedom of action to NGOs, Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s President, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.



The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with the Wall Street Journal on January 31, 2011.


In the last 4 days, the Syrian Government has announced in two separate measures that it was disbursing a total of SYP 27 billion in additional funding to help its civil servants and the neediest parts of its population, while the Ministry of Electrici...


US President Barack Obama named on December 29 Robert Ford as his ambassador to Damascus, the first time the post will be filled in almost six years.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Hurriyet and Bild in 2010.