Bashar Al-Assad (802)

10-05-2007

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Beginning of a New Parliamentary Term on May 10, 2007.

07-05-2007
During a visit to the city of Deir-ez-Zor, the Syrian President laid the foundation stone to a number of projects worth a total of close to SYP 20 billion (USD 400 million)
05-04-2007

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Mother Jones on April 05, 2007.

12-03-2007

Syria's first car assembly plant opened on March 8, in the presence of President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Vice-President Parviz Davoudi.

05-02-2007

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with ABC News on February 05, 2007.

29-01-2007

Syria and Romania have reached a deal on the settlement of the debt owed by Syria to the former Soviet-block country

20-11-2006

Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are in the first stages of reviving the old Hijaz railway line after the signature of an agreement between a Syrian-based company, Balkees Real Estate, Industrial and Commercial Investment Company, and the Hijaz Railways ...

07-10-2006

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anbaa on October 07, 2006.

03-10-2006

The Higher Education Council has approved the opening of new departments at Syrian state universities and faculties starting from 2006.

03-10-2006

The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree (No 55) on October 1st establishing formally the Damascus Stock Exchange.

01-10-2006

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with El Pais on October 01, 2006.

06-09-2006

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with CBS on September 06, 2007.

24-08-2006

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Dubai TV on August 24, 2006.

15-08-2006

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al- at the opening of the 4th General Conference of the Journalists Union on August 15, 2006.

07-07-2006

Extremist Islamists, who were being pursued by Syrian security forces, have escaped across the mountainous border between Syria and Lebanon, where they have found a new safe-haven, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Arab-language newspaper Al Hayat published June 26.

03-07-2006
Respect for human rights in Syria has reached “its lowest point” since President Bashar al-Assad took power in 2000, according to the 2006 report by the London-based Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) released in English in the last week of June.

26-06-2006

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Al-Hayat on June 26, 2006.

18-06-2006
The fourth report by the UN commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri provided no new leads but said “considerable progress” had been made, including a forensic examination of the bomb site and said Syrian cooperation with inquiry was “generally satisfactory”.

18-06-2006
Former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam’s media campaign against President Bashar al-Assad moved up a gear in June following a London meeting of the exiled Syrian opposition, with Khaddam claiming he has evidence that implicates Assad in the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri and saying he had given extensive testimony on such to the UN inquiry into the murder.

18-05-2006
The unlikely pairings forged between the foreign opposition to the Syrian state continued into May with a meeting on April 30 between Lebanese Druze leader Waleed Jumblatt and a delegation from the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Syria's largest Islamic opposition group, at the Lebanese politician’s mountain palace in Lebanon.
18-05-2006
The Syrian Foreign Ministry denied on May 16 reports that Serge Brammertz, head of the UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had visited Syria on May 13.

18-05-2006
The UN Security Council adopted on May 17 resolution 1680 that calls on Syria to establish diplomatic relations with Lebanon and to delineate the common border.

03-05-2006

Syria's exiled former Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam in a letter signed with Ali Bayanouni, the leader of the outlawed Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, has called on Syrians to stand up to the government of president Bashar al-Assad.

03-05-2006

Syria’s recent public support of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (PA) continued with the launch of a nation-wide public fundraising campaign in defiance of an EU and US freeze on aid to the militant Islamic group over its refusal to renounce violence or recognise Israel.

03-05-2006
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met in Damascus Serge Brammertz, the head of the UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, on April 25, SANA reported.

03-05-2006
The last fortnight of April saw a number of reported human rights violations as well as the continued disappearance of a former political prisoner and the arrest of a dozen Syrians on charges related to association with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

17-04-2006
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a joint press conference with Syrian Vice President Farouk al Shara in Damascus on April 16 warned that any US attack on Iran over its nuclear programme would plunge the region into instability.

17-04-2006
A meeting in Damascus scheduled for April 9 between Serge Brammertz, chief UN investigator into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was cancelled after disagreement over the protocol of the meeting, according to reports.

17-04-2006
In a rare interview from Damascus published in the Kuwaiti Al-Rai Al-Aam newspaper on April 8, Rustom Ghazali, Syria's intelligence chief in Lebanon at the time of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination, strongly denied his country's involvement in the murder.

03-04-2006

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal inaugurated on March 22nd, the Damascus Four Seasons Hotel, the first luxury hotel to open in Damascus in 20 years.

03-04-2006

Text of President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Sky’s World News Tonight with James Rubin, recorded in Damascus and broadcast on March 16, 2006. Source: Sky News

03-04-2006
Exiled former Syrian Vice-President Abdel-Halim Khaddam and Ali Bayanouni, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, announced the creation of a united front on March 17 aimed at forming a transitional government to bring about "regime change" from President Bashar al-Assad to democracy.

03-04-2006
The past fortnight has seen a state crack down on opposition forces in the country, with several leading pro-democracy activists detained for varying periods of time and large numbers of Kurds arrested in developments that have attracted criticism from the US State Department.

03-04-2006

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad gave interviews to the British satellite channel Sky News and the American television network PBS in the last two weeks of March, promising that UN investigators could “ask him anything” about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri when they meet him later this month.

03-04-2006
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Iranian Minister of Security Gholam Hossein Mohseni on March 20 in Damascus. The visiting Iranian minister, in a separate meeting with Syrian Vice-President Farouk al-Shara, reviewed "regional and international developments which are related to the region, especially in Iraq," the state-run Syria Times reported on March 21.

03-04-2006
Bashar al-Assad met with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuoad Siniora, a man the Syrian president described in November as being a "slave of all masters", for the first time since July for a brief meeting on the sidelines of the Arab Summit being held in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

30-03-2006

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with PBS on March 30, 2006.

17-03-2006

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Sky News on March 17, 2006.

17-03-2006
After fading out of the picture a little over the past month, following his media flurry over the New Year, exiled former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam was back in the spotlight, interviewed on the Israeli-Palestinian radio station ‘Voice of Peace’ on March 7.

17-03-2006

The muted celebrations on March 8 that marked the 43rd anniversary of Ba’ath rule in Syria – a few extra party flags hung out, some signs of military brass out for show – were offset the following day as a crowd of several hundred pro-government students violently broke up a peaceful demonstration by activists calling for an end to the country’s emergency laws.

17-03-2006
The official text of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech to the Arab Parties General Conference held in Damascus on March 4. Text is from state news agency SANA.

17-03-2006
The first report by UN investigator Serge Brammertz into the assassination of former Lebanese premiere Rafik Hariri contains “nothing that is against Syria” said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad responding to what he described as a “highly professional” report that found Syria had cooperated with the inquiry over the past three months.

17-03-2006

Text of President Bashar al-Assad’s Interview with Charlie Rose recorded in Damascus and broadcast on the American PBS network on March 23, 2006. Source: PBS

17-03-2006

The full text of Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt’s address to the Saban Centre of Middle East Policy at Brookings Institute in Washington on March 6. The introduction and following question and answer forum was moderated by Martin Indyk, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Source: Brookings Institute

06-03-2006

The edited English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Arab Parties General Conference on March 06, 2006.

05-03-2006
Following on from a cabinet re-shuffle that appeared to put reform to key service ministries ahead of political or security reform, President Bashar al-Assad chaired a meeting of his new government on February 25, setting targets for each ministry to meet, in what appeared to be an attempt to re-start Syria’s sluggish reform process.

05-03-2006
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew into Beirut for a brief surprise visit on February 23, meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Saad Hariri and Waleed Jumblatt, who control the anti-Syrian majority in the Lebanese parliament, to pledge US support for “the Lebanese people as they work to have a fully sovereign, democratic Lebanon."

17-02-2006

The nomination of the members of the Syrian Securities and Exchange Commission is bringing closer the set-up of the Damascus stock exchange.

 

17-02-2006
Analysts in Syria say the re-shuffled Syrian cabinet - which has no change in the key ministries of finance and economy and which sees the architects of Syria's foreign policy relations with the US under President Bashar al-Assad take control of the foreign affairs ministry – is a message of defiance to Syria's critics, both at home and abroad.

17-02-2006

The Syria Report talks to former MP and ‘Damascus Spring’ figurehead Riad Seif, imprisoned in 2001 on charges of tax evasion following his criticism of corruption in the family of the Syrian president, and released from prison last month.