Bashar Al-Assad (816)

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.

17-02-2006
Syria has been widely criticised and the Danish ambassador to Damascus has been withdrawn after Syrian security services failed to prevent the burning and looting of the Danish and Norwegian embassies on February 4.
17-02-2006

Former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam and the exiled leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood met in Brussels from February 7 to 8 and agreed to join forces to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

17-02-2006
Syria’s Permanent Envoy to the United Nations Faisal Mekdad presented the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan with the act of Syria’s joining to the Kyoto Treaty on climate change, the official news agency SANA reported on February 1. 

17-02-2006
Ties between Damascus and Tehran strengthened further this month with Iran’s First Vice President Parviz Davoudi on February 25 describing his three-day official visit, in which he met President Bashar al-Assad, new Vice President Farouk al-Shara and Prime Minister Naji Otri as "useful and valuable".

03-02-2006
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on January 21 the UN inquiry into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was determined to blame Syria regardless of the facts but vowed it would not bow to international pressure.

03-02-2006
Fresh expectations that an estimated 300,000 Kurdish citizens are to have their Syrian citizenship restored to them were raised again in the last week of January after it emerged the Ba'ath Party Regional Leadership had invited over forty Kurdish figures to meet President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

03-02-2006
Calling on the international community to respect the legitimacy of the Palestinian elections, which handed and overwhelming and unexpectedly large victory to Islamic militant group Hamas, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad met in Damascus with Khaled Masha’al, head of Hamas’ politburo on January 29.

03-02-2006
Five key opposition figures imprisoned following the ‘Damascus Spring’ pro-democracy movement that began after Syrian President Assad took power in 2000, were released from prison on January 18.

03-02-2006

Syria criticized on January 19 a move by the US Treasury to freeze the assets of Syria’s military intelligence chief Assef Shawkat as biased to protect Israeli interests. 

03-02-2006
Syria backed Iran’s nuclear programme during the first visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Damascus on January 19, saying US and European fears that Iran is seeking to build nuclear weapons were not persuasive.
03-02-2006
Before I start my speech…when I met with some foreign officials in Syria, they criticized Syrian stances and accused her of being hardliner… They said that the speech of President Bashar al-Assad was hardliner and the like…they accused Syria’s stances of being radical, and criticized the speeches of President Bashar al-Assad in their meetings with me. I used to tell them: you should not figure out a picture of the situation through your meetings with us as officials….on the contrary we are very quite…the street is boiling and we are quiet.

03-02-2006

Al-Hayat: Sayyed Nasrallah, are we on the verge of a civil war in Lebanon?

Sayyed Nasrallah (Laughing): This interview is starting off with a difficult question.

21-01-2006

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Before the Bar Association, January 21, 2006.

17-01-2006

United States Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Cairo on January 16 for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and other top officials focusing on Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme and Syria’s non-cooperation with the UN Hariri inquiry.

05-01-2006
Syria is still considering a request by the United Nation's (UN) team probing the February killing of former Lebanese Prime minister Rafic Hariri to meet President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara.

28-12-2005

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Turkish TV on December 28, 2005.

12-12-2005

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Russian TV on December 12, 2005.

05-12-2005

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with France 3 on December 05, 2005.

01-12-2005

The Syrian pound remains shaky as the country’s political perspectives remain very cloudy. On November 30th, the US dollar was selling at SYP 57.75, lower from its peak of SYP 60.00 it reached on the 24th of the month but yet stronger than the ra...

01-12-2005
Mr. President;
 
Your Excellencies Heads of States and Governments ;
 
My Colleagues Ministers for Foreign Affairs;
 
Ladies and Gentlemen;
 
It gives me great pleasure to convey to you the greetings of President Bashar al-Assad, and thank the King and Government of Spain, and this historic city, Barcelona for hosting this summit. We also express our appreciation for the thorough preparations for this summit and hope that it will arrive at constructive results.
15-11-2005
President Bashar al-Assad on November 10 accused Washington of sabotaging Syrian efforts to normalise ties with Baghdad and offered an invitation to President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari to visit Damascus.

15-11-2005
Former Syrian prisoner of conscience and founder of the Liberal Democratic Union in Syria, Kamal al-Labwani was arrested at Damascus airport on November 8 after returning to Syria from meetings in Washington with US officials, including President George Bush’s Deputy National Security Advisor.

15-11-2005
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad appeared to set the country on a collision course with the UN, and international sanctions, after a defiant speech on November 10 in which he pledged that Syria’s “national interests” would be the limit of its cooperation with the UN probe into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and said that “resistance” was preferable to “chaos”.

15-11-2005

Syria was in breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1636 as the third week of November began after a Syrian foreign ministry delegation failed to reach agreement with a UN team over the venue for questioning six Syrian officials allegedly involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

15-11-2005

Two of the key recommendations of June’s Ba’ath Party conference appeared to be on ice after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to set a timetable for the restoration of citizenship to an estimated 250,000 stateless Kurds and said the introduction of a party’s law, that would legislate for independent political parties in Syria for the first time under Ba’ath rule, would “take a long time”.

15-11-2005

Canadian citizen Arwad al-Boushi was freed from Sednaya prison west of Damascus on November 3 as part of an amnesty of 190 political prisoners ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

10-11-2005

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at Damascus University on November 10, 2005.

01-11-2005
Pressure on the Syrian regime escalated further on October 31 after the UN Security Council resolution was backed up by a call from a leading opposition figure for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad.

15-10-2005
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sacked 81 judges and increased wages for the profession as part of a reform programme for the legal system.

15-10-2005
The authority of the Syrian regime has been thrown into a deep crisis by the death on October 12 of a man who for 35 years was a major power broker and enforcer of Syria’s authority, both at home and in Lebanon, and who was one of the key witnesses interviewed in Syria as part of a UN investigation into the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

12-10-2005

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with CNN on October 12, 2005.

01-08-2005

"Syria is ready to review all the signed agreements with Lebanon and all these agreements are for Lebanon's interests. The cancellation of these agreements will not affect Syria’s interests. Syria is not a charity society for supporting Lebanon. Syria is a state and will deal with Lebanon as it does with all world states."

16-07-2005
Syria and Qatar agreed to establish a joint holding company with USD 200 million in capital to invest in industrial, transportation and tourism sectors in both countries, with potential investments reaching some USD 1 billion, the official state news a...
02-07-2005
Syria took a first legislative step towards establishing its own stock exchange on June 19 when Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad issued Law No. 22 for 2005 demanding the creation of a regulatory body known as ‘The Syrian Securities and Exc...
02-07-2005

Following on from a momentum gathered up in the changes to the Ba’ath Party’s Regional Leadership during the recent Ba’ath Congress (Read Baath conference ends with mild reform recommendations) President Bashar al-Assad appeared to have asserted his authority over Syria’s powerful and multi-various security services with the dismissal on June 19 of General Bahjat Suleiman from his key position as Head of the Internal Security Forces.

16-06-2005

The concluding recommendations of the 10th Baath Party Regional conference as printed in the official Al-Ba'ath newspaper on June 13.