Bashar Al-Assad (784)

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.

21-10-2003

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on the occasion of the visit of the King of Spain, October 21, 2003.

17-08-2003

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to welcome the Malaysian Prime Minister on August 17, 2003.

01-07-2003

The Syrian President has taken one of the decisions most awaited by the Syrian economic and business community, the abolition of the two Laws that severely restrict foreign exchange operations and which had been in place for over 17 years.

01-07-2003

The presence of a Syrian delegation, led by Rateb al-Shallah, head of the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, at the exceptional meeting in Amman (Jordan) of the World Economic Forum, raised the attention of the followers of the Damascus domestic political scene.

10-06-2003

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Al Arabiya TV on June 10, 2003.

01-06-2003

The new political challenges that have followed the US assault and ensuing occupation of Iraq have continued to make their prints felt on Syria. Indeed, although the international community has now switched its focus to the Middle East road map, Syria's main challenge remains that of a reassessment of its position in a region completely overhauled by the Iraqi war.

26-05-2003

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anbaa on May 26, 2003.

01-05-2003

Private Banking is now a reality in Syria. Whether the introduction of private investors into the financial sector will be enough to revive it remains to be seen, but an important step in the reform of the Syrian economy has now been passed.

01-05-2003

If any doubts remained, it now is clear that Syria is the country to be most affected by the fall of the Iraqi regime and the ensuing American occupation of that country.

01-05-2003

October 02 : Bashar al-Assad tells William Burns, US Assistant Secretary of State in visit to Damascus that “US policy in the Middle East is not founded on the veracity of events but rather on biased sources, particularly Israeli".

01-05-2003

Syria's Judiciary Higher Council (JHC) met on Sunday, May 4, for the first time in decades. The JHC is the highest judicial authority of the country and is headed by the President of the Republic.

01-04-2003

Although the rift between the different members of the European Union on the Iraqi issue has made the headlines of the world press, less publicised tensions have also risen between Syria and a number of other Arab countries, as well as with Iran, on their respective positions towards the Iraqi issue.

01-04-2003

Lebanese Maronite Patriarch, Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, lauded Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, calling him a "statesman by all accounts". Sfeir's statement came during his stay in a hospital for a minor surgery.

28-03-2003

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Assafir newspaper on March 28, 2003.

10-03-2003

The edited English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Beginning of a New Parliamentary Term on March 10, 2003.

01-03-2003

As all the countries in the Middle East, Syria is anxiously waiting the coming few weeks and the expected attack on Iraq. But more than any other country, Syria is afraid of the consequences it will have to face, following the set-up of a new American-reshaped region.

01-03-2003

The withdrawal of four thousand Syrian troops from Lebanon, starting February 19 followed by the statement of the Council of Maronite Bishops, on March 5, praising Bashar al-Assad's speech at the Arab League summit of Sharm al-Sheikh, have signalled a significant easing of tensions between the Syrian authorities and the mainly Christian Lebanese opposition, at a time of growing regional threats.

01-03-2003

A British Syrian Society, a non-profit organisation launched following the visit to the UK of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been formally established.

01-03-2003

The first Parliamentary elections since the arrival to the Presidency of Bashar al-Assad, held on March 2 and 3, witnessed the success of all 167 candidates fielded in the lists of the ruling National Progressive Front while the remaining 83 seats went to "independent" candidates.

11-02-2003

Syrian President Bashar Assad sat down for a rare interview here yesterday. The ground rules don't allow me to quote directly from our conversation, but I can offer a snapshot of what the young Syrian leader is thinking on the eve of a possible U.S. war against Iraq.

01-02-2003
The Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, issued a decree on February 4, establishing the Syrian Gas Company (SGC).
01-02-2003
Damascus hosted on February 2 and 3 a forum on Arab women rights entitled "Women and Education" held under the patronage of Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
01-02-2003

Human Resources! Whether in the state administration or in the private sector, whether it is foreign bankers who are seeking to enter the Syrian market, or private Syrian entrepreneurs who are looking for export markets, they all complain of the lack of adequate human resources in Syria.

01-01-2003

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's three-day official visit to the United Kingdom from December 16 to 18 had all the apparatus of a state visit.

01-01-2003

Syria's military security services arrested Ibrahim Hamidi, the Damascus bureau chief of the London-based pan-Arabic daily al-Hayat on December 23.

17-12-2002

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in London on December 17, 2002.

13-12-2002

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with the British Times on December 13, 2002.

01-12-2002
Syria's expansionary 2003 budget has been approved by the Parliament and ratified by the President of the Republic, Bashar al-Assad.
01-12-2002
On the occasion of Ramadan, Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, has ordered a one-time payment of half the month salaries for all public sector workers.
01-12-2002

After spending over 14 months in prison, Riyad al-Turk, Syria's most prominent opposition figure was released on November 16.

01-12-2002

In a decision that took many by surprise, Syria voted in favour of the United Nations resolution 1441, requiring Iraq to provide unlimited access to weapons inspectors and threatening it with "serious consequences" in case it failed to do so.

01-12-2002

Bashar al-Assad will be visiting Britain on December 17 and 18, in what will be the first visit ever of a Syrian President to the United Kingdom.