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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.
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.


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.


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

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.


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


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


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

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.
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.

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.

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”.


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.


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”.


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.


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

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.

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.


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

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...
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...

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.


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


The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the 10th Conference of the Regional Command of the Baath Party on June 06, 2005.


Politics in Syria is beginning to warm up again.

The upcoming conference of the Baath Party on June 6 has raised the heat in the domestic political scene.


Bashar al-Assad’s speech on March 5th announcing the withdrawal of his forces from Lebanon was welcomed with a sigh of relief in Damascus.


The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Parliament on March 05, 2005.


Syria’s huge debt to Russia has been largely written off following the visit to Moscow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad late January.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signed an agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on January 25 during of a four-day state visit that political leaderships in both countries hailed as an historic return to the strength of relations the two countries held during the Soviet era.


Compulsory military service in Syria has been reduced from two and a half years to two years by Decree No 1 for the year 2005 issued on January 6 by President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria and Turkey signed a historic free trade agreement between them on December 22 during the visit to Damascus of Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The United States has continued to send contradictory messages to Syria, reflecting dissensions within the US administration on the ways to deal with Syria.


Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has appointed Terje Roed-Larsen as his Special Envoy for the implementation of UN Resolution 1559.

Antoine Makdessi, a leading Syrian intellectual has died of a heart attack at the age of 91 in Damascus.


A transcript of remarks from Richard Armitage, US Deputy Secretary of State, following his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouq al-Sharaa in Damascus on January 2, 2005.


Before the many regional and international events that are taking place in November and that will be of concern to Syria, such the US Presidential election, the future of the Sharon government, Iraq's path towards national elections, etc, the Syrian political arena went through many other changes last months.


The edited English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Syrian Expatriates Conference on October 09, 2004.


The Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, inaugurated on July 17 the launch of the first stage of the fourth project to supply the northern city of Aleppo with 225 thousand cubic meters of clean water per day from the Euphrates River.


The Syrian government usually holds its weekly meetings on Tuesday. On July 20, the ministers were suddenly informed that the meeting was postponed to Wednesday, without any further explanation.

The historic visit of the Syrian President aims at bolstering ties between the two countries following the US sanctions.

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with China People’s Daily on June 21, 2004.


By Mouaffaq Nyrabia*

Talking of the slowness in the reform process in Syria has become boring and repetitive. In the current circumstances, however, the issue remains very important and the consequences of this slowness are becoming all the more obvious.


An official delegation of American Jews of Syrian descent visited Damascus, where they met with Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, Minister of Expatriates, Buthaina Shaaban, Minister of Economy Ghassan al-Rifai as well as with the head of the Federation of the Syrian Chambers of Commerce, Rateb al-Shallah.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with El Pais on May 13, 2004.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Al Jazeera TV on May 03, 2004.