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 (2):

  “His- H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad’s- early years in power, and especially the years 2002 to 2006, were a period of great anxiety, which he managed to survive against great odds. He survived the U.S. neo-cons’ aggressive determination to reshape the Middle East to Israel’s benefit. He survived the American occupation of Iraq. And he survived the forced withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, after the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.”

Patrick Seale, July 3, 2009. 

 “President Bashar al-Assad is well aware that regional peace is essential if he is to achieve his ambition of building a modern state. He has called repeatedly for negotiations with Israel. Not surprisingly, he is anxious to recover the Golan, seized by Israel in 1967. But Syria has no time for a peace which will give Israel further strategic advantage or allow it to continue to oppress the Palestinians.”

 Patrick Seale, July 3, 2009.

 “His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad is behind the influential active presence of Syria in the region as well as in the world.”

 His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and of All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, June 27, 2009.

 “His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad has made of Syria the centre of the balance and political activity in the Middle East. His Excellency, in favour of his wise, national and courageous policy, has made a success in surpassing bids of pressure, siege, and destabilization against the political, economic and social stability in Syria.”

 French TV Channel 5, June 22, 2009.

 “His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad, the leader of the courageous stances, is talented with the inmost of culture and the farsightedness of strategic vision.” 

His Holiness Garaging II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, June 18, 2009.

  “I have had the honor to meet His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad; I was surprised when His Excellency, personally, met me at the gate of his house, telling me that I was, as a Syrian Expatriate, the real Ambassadors for Syria representing the glitter of the Syrian Civilization, and that hopes were pinned on me, as well as on all the Expatriates of Syria. The words and instructions of H. E. President Al-Assad have echoed in my ears while receiving the Award. To Your Excellency, Mr. President, I dedicate this Award,”

  Dr. Mohamad Radwan Khawatmi, the Syrian-Italian renowned Businessman, the winner of the Prestigious Money Gram Award 2009, the Owner of Hirux International and the President “Movimento i Nuovi Italiani”, May 27, 2009.

 “Upon leaving his house in Aleppo, the Turkish journalists who have met President Bashar Al-Assad, have wondered among themselves how they could have been left alone in the house of President Al-Assad, with no bodyguards whatsoever; and even how they could have been  seen off at the gate of the house by the President and his family themselves. The journalists have been amazed by how President Al-Assad answered open heartedly all of their questions, with no in-advance demand to read the questions; and how they could have direct and clear-cut answers for their questions with no so-called ‘diplomatic phrases’!!!”

  Youssef Al-Sharif,  journalist, Al-Hayat Daily Article, May 25, 2009.

 According to a major survey of public opinion in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), released by the Brookings Institution and Zogby International, May 19, 2009, His Excellency Bashar Al-Assad was voted for as the most popular Arab Leader.

 http://www.zogby.com/search/ReadClips.cfm?ID=18845

 "President Bashar Al-Assad has a very positive and constructive thinking in the process of peace; and this is very important. President Al-Assad is a sincere true peace monger.”

 His Excellency Abdullah Gül, the Turkish President, May 17, 2009.

“We have touched since the very beginning the credibility and seriousness of President Al-Assad in relation to all of the region issues; on this very basis, we have gone forward in relations with other countries as to explain the reality of the Syrian pivotal stances in all of the files  of interest to the region,”

 His Excellency Abdullah Gül, the Turkish President, May 14, 2009.

  "President Al-Assad has a true and strong intention in opening up to the west."

 His Excellency Abdullah Gül, the Turkish President, May 12, 2009.

 “I dedicate the Award for His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad, for his outstanding and distinguished dealing with and response to Media. Without the transparency, frankness, courage and open-mindedness of President Al-Assad welcoming all the questions I put to His Excellency, I would not have won this Award.”

 Journalist Ahmed Ali of the Qatari Al-Watan Newspaper, the winner of Dubai Press Club First Award for the Best Press Interview he made with H. E. President Bashar Al Assad, May 12, 2009.

 “My interview with H. E. President Al-Assad was not a normal one; it is the dialogue of every and all dialogue, because it has been with President Al-Assad, and only when President Al-Assad, as the sole Arab Leader, speaks, the entire public opinion carefully listens. What H. E. Al-Assad says has impacts on several tracks in the Middle East, in the light of the importance of Syria, her pivotal role in the region, and the position of her President at the international scene.” 

Journalist Ahmed Ali of the Qatari Al-Watan Newspaper, the winner of Dubai Press Club First Award for the Best Press Interview he made with H. E. President Bashar Al Assad, May 12, 2009.

  “I was overwhelmed during my interview with H. E. President Al-Assad by the fact that H.E. did not get antipathetic by my booby-trapped questions, did not hesitate to answer them, nor did H. E. object or show reservations against any of the put-forward questions. H. E. was very open and transparent in his answers, which did encourage me to go on and on, reaching to the top of political transparency and journalistic frankness.”

 Journalist Ahmed Ali of the Qatari Al-Watan Newspaper, the winner of Dubai Press Club First Award for the Best Press Interview he made with H. E. President Bashar Al Assad, May 12, 2009.

 “His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad has a very big kind heart, loving all people of the entire world, and not only his own people, wishing for all the best of progress, civilization, and cooperation,”

 His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus,  May 2, 2009.

 “We do believe, as men of religion, that President Al-Assad, who called on us as to be messengers of civilization, amity, and meeting among people, is the very owner of these called-for principles, and sublime human basics. His Excellency has ever been leading his people to success and prosperity, which is quite clear through the present amity and coherence among the Syrian People.”

 His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus,  May 2, 2009.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad is a very influential politician, dynamic and modern. H. E. President Al-Assad is very interested in what is happening in the European Union,”

 The Slovak Prime Minister, H. E.  Robert Fico, April 29, 2009.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad has been playing a very active role in dialogue, especially as far as the issue of peace is concerned,”

 Mr. Michael Häup, the Mayor and Governor of Vienna, April 27, 2009.

 “We could have never been able to overcome the stormy tides with optimism and satisfaction without the wisdom and courage of H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad.”

 H.H. Patriarch Mor Ignatios Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, April 19, 2009.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad is the believer, whom we wish the best of success; hence his success is to be reflected upon us.”

 His Beatitude Ignatius IV Hazim, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of and All the East, April 19, 2009.

 “His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad has a far-sighted clear vision, and a great understanding of phase during which the Arab Nation has been passing, the prerequisites of the Joint Arab Action, and a keen great keenness on the creation of a unity case in the Arab Nation, disregarding difference , seeking the unity of the Arab Word.”

 Jaber Al-Harmi, the Qatari Al-Sharq Newspaper, April 1, 2009.

 “I have had a very good useful meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad. I appreciate H. E. President Al-Assad, for his efforts as to achieve peace and stability in the region and for his role during the Syrian Arab Summit presidency.” 

Mr. Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General, March 29, 2009.

 “I have had the honor to meet His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad, for about two and a half hour, in a family-like lovely and kind atmosphere. I have never touched any slight difference in his character; H. E. is still the young, whom I had taught in his elementary school: calm, smart, noble-minded and well-mannered.”

 Mr. Mowafaq Rajab, President Al-Assad’s Elementary School Teacher, March 19, 2009. (Syria News).

 “Syrian President Bashar Assad has become the hottest ticket in the world, from Washington to Paris and from Riyadh to Cairo. Everybody wants to meet him, be seen with him and get on his good side. Syria has suddenly become the key to solving the insoluble problems of the Middle East. And in a way it is true, but the question remains: what does Assad really intend to do and ask for?”

 Olivier Guitta, Middle East Times, March 16, 2009.

 “His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad is dedicated for the interests of his people and country. Syria has been taking correct strides towards the accomplishment of her developmental objectives.”

 Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of World Health Organization, March 12, 2009.

 “The meeting with President Al-Assad was a very good one; I feel great satisfaction in Syria, because the leadership of Syria has the principles to which adheres and clings in this time of concern, deeming the presence of such a leadership the must.”

 Rev. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly, February 22, 2009.

 “Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is being actively courted by the new US administration, the EU as well as fellow Arab leaders making Damascus the Middle Eastern ­city to visit.”

 The Guardian, February 17, 2009.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad is the freedom-fighter resistance-man. who is fond of his Homeland.”

 Jamila Buhrid, the well-known Algerian resistance-woman, January 28, 2009.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad is very intelligent, very forceful. From my experience, His Excellency is very popular in his own country.”

 Jimmy Carter, ex-President of the United States of America, January, 2009. (Forward Magazine)

 “President Bashar Al-Assad has made us accustomed to the fact that he has been the supporter for those, who decide not to bow their heads, though of oppression, tyranny, and massacres, hoisting the banner of resistance-support against occupation as the legitimate right enshrined by all international laws and legislations. We do pin hope on President Al-Assad for the bolstering of the protection of the Palestinian right to liberation, and steadfastness . ” 

Dr. Sami Nasser Khalifa, a Kuwaiti intellectual, January 18, 2009

 “President Bashar Al-Assad has in his character the symbol of the distinguished position of the Arab Syria, the position of the Leader who supports the Leaders of the Lebanese and Palestinian Resistance through deeds, as well as through the clear-cut political stances. His Excellency is up to the Arab People rising up in support of the national cause throughout the past six decades; the New Arab Resistance,”

 Ghalib Qandil, the well-known Lebanese journalist, January 17, 2009.

  “President Al-Assad responds to the will and to the echoes of the Arab Masses in the interest of the Nation with its historic project of liberation. His Excellency represents the wise, able, and enlightened leadership.”

  Ghalib Qandil, the well-known Lebanese journalist, January 17, 2009.

 “Though President Assad does face some criticisms from his country’s citizens, on the core issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict and social equity he represents their views much more accurately than do the leaders of U.S.-backed Arab countries like Egypt or Jordan.” 

Helena Cobban, a US a veteran writer, researcher, and program organizer on global affairs, January 16, 2009.

 “The reality of what President Bashar Al-Assad has been doing proves the correctness of the Syrian Vision. The solid Syrian Leadership of President Al-Assad has written glorious pages of challenge and grand defense of the Nation surmounting all bids against Syria.”

 Sheikh Diham Shumar Himidi, the Grand Sheikh of Shumar Tribes, January 6, 2009

 “President Bashar Al-Assad has proved to be the most experienced and most able to take decisive stances. His Excellency President Al-Assad has been steadfast when it was impossible for any other Arab leader to be so, defended the dignity of  his country, the dignity of Iraq as well as the dignity of the Arab Nation.”

 Sheikh Diham Shumar Himidi, the Grand Sheikh of Shumar Tribes, January 6, 2009

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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