The Syria Times takes pleasure in publishing some of the just, accurate and exact statements made about H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad since the untimely demise of Syria's great builder, the late Hafez Al-Assad, the father of modern Syria. Still the memories and bitter tears of June 10th 2000 alive inside the lucky among the Syrians who have had the opportunity to be eye witnesses to the late Al-Assad's epic of steadfastness, correction, liberation and resistance.

The Syrians who in millions took to the streets on that day are but to take the streets and in more numbers celebrating the victory of all Syria and Arab masses and the free world against al-Qaeda Wahabi and Takfiri terrorism. The millions along with their post-2000 born family members are now to chant ''Allah, Syria, Bashar''. Bashar has proved himself to be not only the man of humanity, hope, amity, fraternity, salvation and safety, but as the invincible President of all presidents and leaders.

His Excellency President Al-Assad ''came out of the people and lived with them'' and has remained one of them. The Syrians have seen him ''everywhere whether in the work place or on the streets or in your picnics in order to learn from you and sharpen his determination by his contact with you and shall work for you as he has always done. The man who has become a president is the same man who was a doctor and an officer and first and foremost is the citizen.'' ''Our dear people, My trust in you is infinite and so is my love to you.'' And so, your Excellency, you are the savior, guardian and the majority does adore, trust and believe in you. The following is but some of the statements issued about you during 2009 (1):

 ''The year of 2009 is the year of Syria and of His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad's brilliance. President Al-Assad is the most close to His People, Arabs and to the public opinion; enjoying the more of amity, confidence, and closeness to Arabs.''

 Prof. Mohsen Bilal, the Minister of Information, December 30, 2009.

 ''President Bashar Al-Assad has corner stoned  His policy on His absolute trust in His People, belief in His Causes, formulating the future visions, as to safeguard the Causes, on top of which comes the mother Palestinian Cause,  to safeguard sovereignty,  laying down the bases as to fortify Syria, to steadfast, and as to liberate the land.''

 Prof. Mohsen Bilal, the Minister of Information, December 30, 2009.

 ''His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad is a practical man of His word, adopts and reactivates  what he says within a mechanism of implementation. His Excellency Al-Assad embodies the National, Arab and Human conscience in His eagerness as to mend the fences, bridge the gap, and to unite the Arab ranks, not to mention the Theory of His own, related to the order and organization of differences.''

 Prof. Mohsen Bilal, the Minister of Information, December 30, 2009.

  ''His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad is the only Arab Steadfast President.''

George Galloway, the renowned British Politician, December 26, 2009.


 ''The policy of His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad has largely contributed to changing equations, finding the suitable solutions and exists for the crises; in which enemies have left no stone unturned as to get Syria involved, deterring her from playing her national role. Syria has been able to emerge out stronger, more determined and more self-and-future confident, transforming the policy from the art of the possible to the art of the stance,''

Fahd Al-Rimawai, a prominent Jordanian Journalist, December 24, 2009.
 

 ''The role of Syria and Mr. President Bashar Al-Assad has a big importance in the process of peace negotiations; Syria has long history and role to this effect, and is, with its vital and pivotal role, the best to represent the region.''

Mr. Werner Faymann, the Austrian Federal Chancellor, December 23, 2009.

 ''His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad's decision in 2005, as to confront the attack against Syria, defending the National and Pan-Arab interests, has resulted in the political success of Syria, not to mention the positive change of the regional as well as international stances towards her. President Al-Assad's decision was based on His farsighted political insight and vision, as well as on His trust in the Syrian and Arab People.''

 Professoressa Bouthaina Shaa'ban, the Advisor of President Al-Assad for Political and Media Affairs, November 19, 2009.

''His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad represents the conscience of His People and Nation. President Al-Assad has moved the stance from that of defence to the taking of the initiative, regionally as well as internationally, strengthening the Arab Stance in front of the World.''

 Professoressa Bouthaina Shaa'ban, the Advisor of President Al-Assad's for Political and Media Affairs, November 19, 2009.

 ''The Syrian president’s visit to France was successful and important for the Syrian president, who received a “loftier” reception than usual in traditional working visits. He was able to conduct unprecedented level of public relations in the French capital. Al-Assad was not stingy when it came to media interviews and television appearances. Meetings were held for him with the leading French intellectuals and media figures, who saw the president’s attractiveness, modernity and skill in dealing with the media.''

 Randa Takieddine, the Saudi Al-Hayat Daily, November 18, 2009.

  ''His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad has great ideas, wise policy, and seeks the realization of the Just Peace, which is to restore the rights in full to the Syrian People,''

 His Holiness Karekin II, the Catholicos of All Armenians, November 15, 2009.

 'His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad has ever been the voice of the Nation, sparing no efforts for Arab and Islamic Solidarity and Unity of the Stance. We are so proud of His Excellency President Al-Assad's leadership and honourable stances.''

 Miss Rayana Masso, a Lebanese Facebook Fan of H.E. President Al-Assad, November 9, 2009.

 '' I have talked to many heads of state, presidents and prime ministers but I have never seen one like Bashar Al-Assad, who is so comfortable, so confident and who treats you like a friend. His Excellency President Al-Assad is self-confident and full of energy, knowing what he wants to achieve.''

Mehmet Ali Birand, Turkish ' Hürriyet ' Journalist, November 8, 2009.
 

 We do take pride in the stances of H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad, and in His courageous vision, which has proved credibility to the World in tackling the region causes, and as well  in dealing with regional and international causes. I am proud to be an American from a Syrian Origin. As Syrian Expatriates from the Syrian Arab Origin, we are so proud of His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad.''

H. E. Mary Rose Oakar, The President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and a former US Democratic Congresswoman, October 30, 2009.

 ''His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic has proved to be well acquainted with the European politics details, reality, and models. His Excellency is very well aware, and precisely, of the ongoing in the Middle East. Syria, under His Leadership, is the most important factor for the realization of Mideast Peace.''

  His Excellency President Stjepan Mesić of Croatia, October 29, 2009.

 ''President Bashar Al-Assad is a distinguished character; His Excellency has been leading His Country towards Economic Opening and Development. I have held an extraordinary meeting and very good talks with His Excellency.''

Her Excellency Jadranka Kosor, the Croatian Prime Minister, October 28, 2009.


 ''His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad's steadfast and principled stances are the source of pride and glory, which has been giving us the power, resistance and steadfastness in the face of the Israeli oppressive measures.''

 Sheikh Taher Abu Saleh, Chairman of the Golan Heights Delegation visiting Syria, the Motherland, September 27, 2009.

 ''Your Excellency, we do congratulate you; that you have been chosen by the Almighty Allah as to gather us bridging the human beings' bonds of relations, and as to build the bridges of peace, based on the principles, values, and morals, which benefits and fruits are to be enjoyed the future generations.''

 Professor Mohamad Sai'd Ramadan Al-Buotti, the renowned Islamic Intellectual, September 20, 2009.

 ''President Bashar Al-Assad's stances on the region causes, and as far as the realization of peace, stability and security in the region are ever constructive and positive; all in the world are very well aware of this fact. Our meetings with His Excellency President Al-Assad are important and do contribute to the bolstering of the standing brotherly relations between both sisterly Countries and People. Both Syria and Turkey continuously work for solving Mideast problems, securing the requirements of security and stability in the region.''

 His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, September 15, 2009.

 ''Viva Bashar Al-Assad. I hereby dedicate my heart for Syria and for Bashar Al-Assad, the great International Leader, filled with steadfastness and firmness. The pictures of President Al-Assad were even with me hoisted during my Presidential Elections Campaigns. We all are with Bashar Al-Assad. I recall ,on this occasion, the memory of his great father, Hafez Al-Assad, whose character, courage, steadfastness and leadership outstretched the borders of Syria to the entire Arab World, Middle East and world.''

 His Excellency President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, September 4, 2009.

 ''Since I have listened to  His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad delivering His Presidential Oath Speech in 2000, I said here we are, President Al-Assad embodies the new leadership, which the world needs. His Excellency is strong, steadfast and firm in the face of challenges, and imperialist aggressions against people. I do congratulate Your Excellency President Al-Assad; you are the real hero of resistance; who merits our applaud, hoisting the banner of Nationalism and Arab Unity.''

 His Excellency President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, September 3, 2009.

 ''All were thunderstruck by the wise policy pursued by H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad, who does deserve every admiration and appreciation. President Al-Assad is very talented, nationalist, smart, and intelligent; we have been and are to be more amazed by His Excellency.''

 Dr. Nidal Maa'rouf, a well-known Arab literary critic and analyst,  August 28, 2009.

 ''President Bashar Al-Assad's wisdom, not to mention the vision of His Excellency, based on steadfastness and resistance, and the dynamics of his policy, in addition to his strategic vision for the Just and Comprehensive Peace, based on the restoration of the entire Land, and Arab rights, have fortified the Syrian pivotal role in the region, enabling Syria to steadfastly and firmly encounter last years' pressures and challenges.''

 Professoressa Bouthaina Shaa'ban, the Advisor of H. E. President Al-Assad for Political and Media Affairs, August 15, 2009.

 ''The basic criterion of President Bashar Al-Assad's wise and steadfast policy is the interest of the Homeland, People, and Nation. His Excellency's vision for the Syrian role is based on the commitment to the Arab Rights, realization of peace and on the consolidation of every power card.''

 Professoressa Bouthaina Shaa'ban, the Advisor of H. E. President Al-Assad for Political and Media Affairs, August 15, 2009.

 "Syrian President Bashar Assad has reiterated his father’s “strategic option for peace,” which is based on the principle of land for peace."

 Edward P. Djerejian, the founding director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, August 10, 2009.

 ''This mixture of diplomacy, open society and strong democracy made Syria a key for peace in the region. The assessment of Bashar al-Assad's first nine years in power is a positive one.'' 

''In 2008, Bashar al-Assad was invited for the July 14 celebration in France, an honor that few receive.''

 Anton Caragea, a professor of international relations and political science, and director of the Institute for Research on International Relations and Political Science in Romania, July 30, 2009

 ''The American People and I appreciate the wise congratulatory letter sent by Your Excellency on the 233rd anniversary of the US Independence.''

 H. E. President Barack Obama of the USA, July 27, 2009.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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