Bashar Al-Assad (801)

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.

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.