Hafez Bashar al-Assad, son of the Syrian president, from Brazil during his participation in the International Olympiad of Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, spoke about his positions on the current Syrian crisis and his scientific and professional future.
In an interview with the Globo news group, Asad Jr. insisted that he was not the best player in the Syrian team to participate in the Olympics, which will last until Saturday.
The organizers of the Olympics confirmed that Hafiz Bashar al-Assad has been in Brazil since last Thursday, "amid a secret security operation." But the son of the Syrian president made a comfortable interview with journalists and spoke to them in fluent English. Hafez stressed that he was "a young man like any other young man" and would never leave his country.
He added that he was proud to represent his country in this international competition for youth, stressing that he fought local competitions to win the right to join the Syrian team at this international event. He insisted that he was a Syrian citizen like everyone else, living in his country and seeing all the horrors of war.
He denied that the war in Syria was civil, insisting that it was a battle for the return of the homeland. He stressed that hope was never lost in his country and that the people and the government were united in the face of the forces intervening to seize the country.

"From my own point of view, I hope the war will not last long, but such problems need time to settle them. It is more difficult. The crisis has been going on for 6 years and I hope it is coming to an end
Asked if he wanted to leave Syria, the president's son stressed: "No, never."
Hafez said that while participating in international competitions across the world, he sometimes faces questions about his political positions, but people quickly understand that he is a perfectly normal young man. "I have always lived like a normal child, and my friends see me as a normal person. I'm as ordinary as others. "
On his career, Hafez said he wanted to be an engineer, but he did not choose his future competence.
Asked how he felt when people said his father was a 'dictator', Hafez stressed that he knew very well what kind of man his father belonged to. He pointed out that people say many things about the president, but many of them are blind and their words not true.
As for the participation of the Syrian team in the Olympics, Hafiz said that the aim is for young Syrians to show the world that their country will be much better and that the new generation is capable of bringing peace.
In a message to the youth of Syria, Hafez said he was counting on the hope that no young man would die, and stressed that tireless efforts would allow everything to be achieved.
"The most important thing, even in the most difficult times, is hope. The Olympics show that. "
As for his impression of Rio, Hafez said the city resembled Damascus a little, stressing that most areas of the city are safe, but there are dangerous neighborhoods. He stressed that there is always a possibility to end the violence and impose control over the situation.

Source: oglobo.globo.com
Oksana Shvanjuk



Syrian president's son: I know what kind of man my father is

RIO DE JANEIRO — The son of Syrian President Bashar Assad said people who call his father a dictator don’t understand the reality of his country and that the population is united with him in fighting “invaders,” Brazil’s O Globo newspaper reported.

Hafez Assad, 15, is part of Syria’s delegation at the International Math Olympiad, a two-week event being held in Rio de Janeiro organized by the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, or IMPA. During his time in Rio he reportedly visited Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statute and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Hafez Assad, who was named after his grandfather, had kept a low profile until he was interviewed by an O Globo reporter who asked him how he felt about people calling his father a 'dictator'.

“I know what kind of man my father is. As president, people say a lot of things (about him). Many are blind. But this (what they say) isn’t reality,” Hafez Assad responded in Monday’s report.

“I live and see the horror that is happening in my country,” he said. “The population and the government are united against the invaders that are taking the country.”

Brazil in recent years has received more refugees from Syria’s conflict, over 2,300, than any other country in the Americas, and it has a large Syrian diaspora dating back to early twentieth-century migration.



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Assad in Person: Confident, Friendly, No Regrets

By ANNE BARNARD NOV. 1, 4,  2016

 DAMASCUS, Syria — The guns were silent atop Mount Qasioun and the lights on its slopes twinkled over Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad of Syria welcomed a group of Western visitors into his French-Ottoman palace on Monday night, presenting himself as a man firmly in control of his country.

He radiated confidence and friendliness as he ushered a group of British and American journalists and policy analysts into an elegant wood-paneled sitting room where he claimed that the social fabric of Syria was stitched together “much better than before” a chaotic civil war began more than five years ago. It was as if half his citizens had not been driven from their homes and nearly half a million had not been killed in the bloody fighting for which he rejected any personal responsibility, blaming instead- as a matter of fact- the United States and Islamist militants.

“I’m just a headline — the bad president, the bad guy, who is killing the good guys,” Mr. Assad said. “You know this narrative. The real reason is toppling the government. This government doesn’t fit the criteria of the United States.”

It was a surreal meeting for me after years of writing about a devastating and intractable war that has reduced several of Syria’s grand city centers to rubble and prompted accusations of war crimes. While hundreds of thousands of Syrians are besieged and hungry, here was Mr. Assad, secure in his palace because he has ''outsourced much of the war to Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces''…

He was on a mission to convince the West that their governments had made a mistake in backing his opponents and that he was secure in his position as the custodian of Syrian sovereignty.

Waxing philosophical, he spoke of every Syrian’s right to be “a full citizen, in every meaning of this word,” and likened intolerant versions of religion to a computer operating system that needed to be updated. He promised that a new era of openness and dialogue was underway in Syria and said that he was thinking ahead about how to modernize Syrians’ mentality after a war that he believed his forces were assured of winning.

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DAMASCUS, (ST)_ The Syrian People are fully enthusiastic to participate in the ongoing Parliamentarian voting as the early hours of the voting indicated, outlined H.E. President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad.

Casting his vote along with the First Lady of Syria, Mrs. Asma Al-Assad, here Wednesday, President Al-Assad added in a statement that the participation in the elections included all components of the Syrian Society, on top are the families who lost sons at the hands of terrorism, the family members of the Martyred and wounded, who sacrificed their souls or bodies in defense of the homeland.

'The homeland is the territories, People and institutions and all that unites these factors is the Constitution. Accordingly, the President and his wife vote today, as Syrian citizens in defense of the constitutional duty," added H.E. President Assad.

"The Syrians have been waging for 5 years a war against terrorism, which though shed the innocents blood and destroys more of the infrastructure, but indeed failed to destroy the Syrians' national social identity," reiterated President Al-Assad.

"The Syrian People have been aware about the operators and masters of terrorists bids as to strike the Syrians' national identity and social structure; accordingly the landslide immense enthusiasm to participate in all of the previous constitutional duties, presidential and legislative, and in today's elections, which witnessed unprecedented huge numbers of candidature nominations compared to previous parliamentarian elections," added H.E. President Al-Assad.


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DAMASCUS, (ST)_ The safety of Syria is the only objective which equals your sacrifices in soul, body or health, H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad told some of the martyred or wounded of the Syrian Arab Army and some of their mothers.

In celebration of the Mother's Day anniversary, H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad along with the First Lady, Mrs. Asma Al-Assad, hold a reception ceremony honoring some mothers for the martyred Army personnel and for some wounded Army personnel and their mothers.

"Once Syria is back to safety, I think everyone among you would but say that his hand, leg, eye and health had been restored back to perfection. The same, I believe, is for every Martyrs' family  who would feel as if their martyred had been reborn once the homeland is back to safety," said H.E. President Al-Assad.

President Al-Assad pointed out that the terrorist war against Syria changed even the Mother's Day celebrations from a family climate into feasts of heroism, bravery and sacrifices, and asserted that behind this heroism and these heroes, there are the families which have brought them up.

Mothers are the main source of heroism, added H.E. President Al-Assad, asserting that the factory of the heroes are the mothers how to bring children up.

You are Live examples for future generations as leading the example to learn from and by you, added President Al-Assad, pointing out that ''we love the homeland and those who defend the homeland'', citing the States activities and those by charity figures as to initiate and establish Projects for the martyrs and wounded and for employment opportunities.

''We are to care on a daily basis to improve the living conditions and the health conditions of the wounded, and Your sacrifices are priceless." Concluded H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad.


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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The late Mrs. Anisa Makhlof Al-Assad, the widow of President Hafez Al-Assad, had ever  been standing with and by him as his soul mate in thinking, dedication, values, honesty. In fact her role was even greater than what might be seen, as she did not like to be in the limelight and dedicated her life to work in silence, but with the highest level of efficiency and sincerity.

In  a commiseration  article in  Wattani press Website, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, the Political and Media Advisor at the Presidential Palace, added that the late First Lady of Syria, Mrs. Anisa Makhlof Al-Assad, was in a room beside the Late President's room when she heard that the phone handset  dropped on the floor and hurried up to find the handset on the ground! She always used to remember him out of respect as the president, whom she had tried in vain to convince as to go to Lattakia only for short days as take some rest; the late President always used to respond that he had no time to take rest!

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