Bashar Al-Assad (816)

05-06-2005

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.

03-06-2005

Politics in Syria is beginning to warm up again.

16-05-2005
The upcoming conference of the Baath Party on June 6 has raised the heat in the domestic political scene.

15-03-2005

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.

05-03-2005

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

09-02-2005

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

09-02-2005
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.

09-02-2005

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.

10-01-2005
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.
10-01-2005

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

10-01-2005

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

10-01-2005
Antoine Makdessi, a leading Syrian intellectual has died of a heart attack at the age of 91 in Damascus.

09-01-2005

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.

01-11-2004

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.

09-10-2004

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

01-08-2004

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.

01-08-2004

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.

01-07-2004
The historic visit of the Syrian President aims at bolstering ties between the two countries following the US sanctions.
21-06-2004

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

01-06-2004

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.

01-06-2004

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.

13-05-2004

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

03-05-2004

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

01-05-2004
Syria and Turkey are moving ever closer towards the setting up of a Free Trade Area between them.
01-05-2004

By Samir Aita*

In the last weeks, two major events have provided a new shape to the Syrian business world and to Syria's position in the regional and international environments: the award of a major gas contract to a consortium involving Canadian and US companies, and the award to Syriatel, one of Syria's two mobile phone operators, of a GSM license in Pakistan, the country most concerned by the American "Greater Middle East" initiative.

01-05-2004

Contradictory statements from the US administration are making difficult to understand the US approach to Syria. Syria meanwhile will bet on America's increasing difficulties in Iraq.

01-05-2004

In what could be a historic decision, the Syrian authorities are said to have agreed to give the Syrian citizenship to up to 100,000 stateless Kurds living in the country.

01-04-2004

The pullout of the US company from its lone project in Syria, following pressures from its shareholders, remains however a strong option.

01-04-2004

By virtue of Legislative Decree No. 92, dated March 25, 2004, issued by Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Syria has joined the "Madrid Agreement for the International Registration of Trademarks" of 1989 and the "Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks", signed in Madrid on June 28, 1989.

01-04-2004

By Samir Aïta*

Everybody had praised the gesture. A decision made by the Regional Command of the Baath Party, pushed by President Bashar Assad, allowed the opening of private banks in Syria. More than 3 years have passed since then, until the first private banks opened their doors earlier this year.

01-04-2004

The violence of the Kurdish protests has surprised many and comes at a difficult time for Syria. Opposition calls for strong show of national unity.

01-03-2004
Qualified manpower remains key for administrative reform to succeed. In that respect a number of initiatives have recently been launched, including the French-supported National Administration Institute.
01-03-2004
The network he chairs has been strongly active in Syria since the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Syrian Government in 2001.
04-02-2004
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Thursday that any trade agreement between Syria and the European Union (EU) must meet the demands of both sides.

01-02-2004

The Syrian diplomacy is on the move and at last some initiatives have been taking place to gain some breathing space and to provide a clear strategy.

01-02-2004

New Governor for Damascus
The Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad has named a new governor for Damascus. Mohammad Bashar al-Mufti is replacing Ghassan al-Lahham who was nominated Minister for Presidential Affairs in the last Government reshuffle in September 2003.

29-01-2004

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Al-Sharq Al-Awsat on January 29, 2004.

01-01-2004

Dureid Dergham has replaced Tarek Sarraj as the new Director-General of the Commercial Bank of Syria.

01-01-2004
Lufthansa, the German air carrier, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Syrian Arab Airlines (Syrianair) to conduct an assessment of the current state of the national air carrier and of the Syrian civil aviation sector in general.
01-01-2004

Last year saw Syria's regional position weaken. Betting on time has proved a wrong strategy.

01-01-2004

Fears from a Kurdish autonomous area in northern Iraq are getting the two countries closer. The visit also symbolizes the steady improvement in relations over the last five years.

01-01-2004

January
An American delegation from the Texas-based Baker Institute for Public policy holds in Damascus a round of informal talks with a number of Syrian officials. The talks are aimed at keeping informal channels open between the two countries.

14-12-2003

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Greek TV on December 14, 2003.

01-12-2003

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with the New York Times on December 01, 2003

01-12-2003

The Syrian authorities are trying to cool things down on the domestic and external fronts. Abdel Halim Khaddam, the long time Vice-President has made his “comeback”.

01-12-2003

In an interview with the New York Times on 01 December, the Syrian President called on the United States to put its weight behind a resumption of peace talks with Israel.

01-12-2003

Teshreen and al-Thawra, two of the three national dailies are merging.

15-11-2003

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to welcome the Indian Prime Minister on November 15, 2003.

07-11-2003

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Al Hayat on November 07, 2003.

01-11-2003

The Israeli attack has put an en end to red lines that held steady for over three decades. Meanwhile, Syria has been looking towards the EU and the Arab world to foster support.