Bashar Al-Assad (807)

22-08-2011

Below, is Syrian Arab News Agency's transcript of the August 21, 2011 interview on Syrian TV with President Bashar al-Assad.

22-08-2011

On Thursday in a significant diplomatic development, the US and its European allies called upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power. The move was met with repugnance on the part of the Syrian government.

08-08-2011

Italy and Saudi Arabia have announced that they are recalling their ambassadors to Damascus in protest against handling by the Syrian authorities of the popular revolt gripping the country.

08-08-2011

The first week of Ramadan proved to be a violent one, as over the course of the last seven days, more than 250 civilians were reportedly killed in military crackdowns across the country.

02-08-2011

Syriatel, the larger of the country’s two mobile phone operators, said that its first half revenues stood at SYP 25.43 billion, stable from the same period of 2010.

02-08-2011

The European Union has expanded the list of persons it is putting under sanctions to include five more individuals, including the Minister of Defence, Ali Habib.

01-08-2011

The momentum of the Syrian uprising continues to grow as protestors on Friday July 29 again exceeded 1 million across the country. The death toll from the day remains unclear, with most estimates suggesting some 23 were killed. The start of the week ushered in a new political parties law as well as a draft law on elections. Nevertheless, tensions are mounting as Monday August 1 brings the start of Ramadan, during which daily mass protests are expected.

30-07-2011

An edited transcript by the Syrian state news agency of the speech of Bashar Al-Assad to the Syrian armed forces on the occasion of the 66th anniversry of the formation of the Syrian Army.

25-07-2011

In an additional sign of the growing crisis impacting Syria’s economy, Al-Iqtissadiya, a business weekly, and the first private sector publication to be licensed after the arrival to power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, announced that it would stop publishing during the whole month of Ramadan.

25-07-2011

An estimated 1.2 million protestors took to the streets across Syria on Friday July 22 - the largest turnout ever since the unrest began on March 15. Earlier in the week in a significant diplomatic blow, the Embassy of Qatar in Damascus closed and its Ambassador abandoned his post. Meanwhile, the heavy crackdown against the opposition in Homs continued throughout the week.

18-07-2011

The inconclusive finish of the staging meetings of the government-led national dialogue, followed by attacks against the US and French embassies in Damascus on July 11, kicked off another tumultuous week in Syria.

04-07-2011

The week of June 27 marked a sea change for the Syrian protest movement. At the start of the week, 190 opposition members met for the first time in public in Damascus. In response to the meeting, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad set July 10, 2011 as the start date for national dialogue.

27-06-2011

On June 20, President Bashar al-Assad made an address to the nation that highlighted the severity of the country's economic crisis and blamed recent unrest on conspirators.

26-06-2011

Syria’s stock market’s main index, the DWX, lost 5.31 percent over the course of the last four sessions with every single stock traded losing ground in every one of the last four sessions.

21-06-2011

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at Damascus University on June 20, 2011. 

20-06-2011

Today in his third speech since the beginning of the unrest in the country, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad failed to announce any significant political decisions – contrary to expectations raised in the preceding days  – although he admitted to the legitimate demands of some of the protesters as well as to the risk of the collapse of the Syrian economy.

20-06-2011

After-prayers protests on Friday June 17 resulted in the deaths of an estimated 24 as pressure on the Syrian government from the US and the European Union continues to increase.

06-06-2011

Extreme violence on Friday June 3 during after prayers protestors resulted in the deaths of at least 63. The worst of the unrest occurred in Hama, where over forty were reportedly killed.

30-05-2011

The Syrian Government has established a committee that is expected to submit within two months a draft blueprint on economic policy, although the political situation and the Government’s own recent decisions have tremendously reduced its margins of maneuvers.

30-05-2011

An estimated 12 people died in unrest on Friday May 27, while harsh criticisms and strong calls for reform from neighboring Turkey have yet to hold sway with the Syrian government, and the international community continues in its struggle to come to a firm consensus on the most appropriate response to the turmoil in Syria.

23-05-2011

Foreign Ministers of the European Union have agreed to impose an asset freeze and a travel ban on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and nine other state officials.

23-05-2011

After two weeks of comparative calm amid weeks of acute turmoil, Friday saw a resurgence of extreme violence with the death-toll from the day's after-prayers protests reportedly reaching as high as 44.

19-05-2011

The US Administration has announced that it was imposing sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and six other senior Government officials as well as on three of the country’s largest companies, Cham Holding, Bena Properties and Al-Mashreq Investment Fund.

16-05-2011

Conflicting narratives abound in Syria, as the government and those participating in the unrest across the country endeavor to shape how Syrians and the outside world interpret the country's tumult.

09-05-2011

There has been a marked decline in unrest across Syria over the course of the last week. The precise reason for this remains unclear - as does the outlook for the protest movement itself. 

02-05-2011

For the first time in five weeks, President Bashar al-Assad offered no concessions the day before Friday's planned mass after-prayers protests.

25-04-2011

On Friday, violence in Syria reached shocking levels as more than 100 were killed in crackdowns against protestors who rallied after morning prayers in cities, towns and villages across the country.

18-04-2011

Syria’s newly-appointed Minister of Economy has said that his Government will work on reducing the price of gas oil and try to make of Syria a second Singapore.

18-04-2011

The departure of Abdallah Dardari, the man who most symbolised in the last decade the transition of Syria from a state-led to a market-led economic system, represents the most significant change in the newly-appointed Government.

17-04-2011

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad before the newly-sworn Government on April 16.

17-04-2011

Over the weekend, President Bashar al-Assad addressed the nation for the second time since the beginning of the unrest in mid-March. His speech highlighted the most significant demands of the country's protest movement and came on the heels of another week of turbulence in cities and villages across the country.

11-04-2011

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has issued a new decree easing the process for foreigners to acquire real estate property.

11-04-2011

Protests in Syria are approaching their fifth week and are showing no signs of slowing. The death toll from ongoing unrest continues to rise as the government states there is "no more room for leniency or tolerance" in response to recent turmoil in the country.

03-04-2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a close Syrian ally, said on Friday that he followed the events in Syria with concern and that he would press Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to speed up political reforms.

31-03-2011

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad before the Syrian Parliament on March 30, 2011.

30-03-2011

In a long awaited speech on Wednesday 30 March Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad talked of the "conspirators" who, he said, wanted to weaken and divide Syria, but failed to give any timeframe for the lifting of the 48-year old State of Emergency or for carrying any other significant political move.

28-03-2011

Updated March 28th: Since the inception of unrest in Syria on March 15 2011, tensions here have shown few signs of cooling and indeed have been continually stoked by rising fatalities.

14-02-2011

The Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, has nominated the seven board members of the newly established Telecoms Supervisory Authority.

31-01-2011

This year should see some reforms at the municipal election level as well as new laws to regulate the media sector and give more freedom of action to NGOs, Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s President, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

 

31-01-2011

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with the Wall Street Journal on January 31, 2011.

17-01-2011

In the last 4 days, the Syrian Government has announced in two separate measures that it was disbursing a total of SYP 27 billion in additional funding to help its civil servants and the neediest parts of its population, while the Ministry of Electrici...

03-01-2011

US President Barack Obama named on December 29 Robert Ford as his ambassador to Damascus, the first time the post will be filled in almost six years.

31-12-2010

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Hurriyet and Bild in 2010.

09-12-2010

The English transcript of statements made by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad following talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on December 09, 2010.

06-12-2010
Syria and Ukraine have announced that they would work on the establishment of a free trade area between them as the two countries signed several bilateral economic agreements during the visit to Kiev of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad last week.

03-12-2010

The English transcript of statements by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev on December 03, 2010.

27-11-2010

The English transcript of statements made by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad following talks with his Indian counterpart on November 27, 2010.

14-11-2010

Tofarco, a Cypriot developer, has been selected by the Syrian Government to develop a pilot zone in the Snobar project, one of the largest real estate developments in the country.

09-11-2010

The English transcript of statements made by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his Bulgarian counterpart in Sofia on November 09, 2010.

04-11-2010

The English transcript of statements made by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad following talks with the Cypriot President in Nicosia on November 04, 2010.