"In President Bashar Al-Assad, I have seen all success, an identical image of his late father in features, morals, sense of responsibility. President Bashar definitely enjoys the full support of the Syrians and would achieve the sublime status realized by his late father.’’

Fidel Castro President of Cuba. 

"Lieutenant General Bashar Hafez Al-Assad is the best successor for the best predecessor. He is the man of the time like father like son.'' "Dr. Bashar is fully aware and knowledgeable of all the specific details of the issue under discussion as he put precise questions in indication of his all-out grasp and knowledge of the issue.”  

Kofi Annan the UN Secretary General.

 "I do believe that President Bashar Al-Assad held the UN resolutions, especially 242 and 338 as the basic reference for the peace process.” 

Kofi Annan the UN Secretary General.

"President Bashar is one of the most excellent Arab leaders; he precisely comprehends all the conditions surrounding the region.”

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

 "It's important for Dr. Al-Assad to take on the mantle and for the transition process to be  pursued,” "I will repeat again to whomever I meet that the door is open, and we will be exploring.” “There is no question that we need to work with the Syrian leadership in order to accomplish a comprehensive peace.”

US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright.



 “ I am optimist that my late brother will present for his people a leader who would keep the assurance.’’ 

 Algerian President Abdul Aziz Boutafliqa.

 Hassan Nasralalh, Hizbollah Leader, stressed the Lebanese resistance would be

“permanent following the steadfastness and struggle inclination of the late President Hafez Al-Assad and to back his process.’’

“I am here to support the process and inclination of Dr. Bashar Al-Assad due to his being a perpetuity to his father.’’ 

“The 37-year-old Syrian president expressed strong and sometimes scornful opposition to U.S. war plans. He likened American policy to a car hurtling toward a big concrete block and said the coming weeks will test which is stronger -- the car or the concrete block.”

  David Ignatius, the Washington Post

 “This practical science analogy is typical of Assad, who was trained as a doctor and spent two years in Britain practicing his specialty of ophthalmology. He's an articulate man who speaks good English but preferred to conduct most of the interview in Arabic through an interpreter.”

  David Ignatius, the Washington Post

 “Despite his youth and interest in modern technology, Assad is his father's son. He speaks in a similarly didactic style -- mixing references to science with comments about Syrian history and culture. This straddle of past and future can be seen in the twin portraits of father and son that appear along every Syrian highway and in every public place. The son's legitimacy clearly depends in part on the continuity of his father's policies.”

 David Ignatius, the Washington Pos

 "Dr. Bashar is a national personality and the Syrian people love and support him.”

Russian AmbAl-Assador to Amman Alexander Ivanov.

 “I am sure that lieutenant general Dr. Bashar Al-Assad will protect the big legacy left by the great late president.”

Former Jordanian Ambassador, lawyer Jawdet Al-Mheisen.

"Dr. Bashar Al-Assad will follow up and develop the traditional friendship relations between Syria and Russia that were established by his late father.”

Deputy in the Russian Duma council and member of the Parliamentary committee for foreign affairs, Alexander Shabanov.

  "The Syrian Leadership, on top Dr. Bashar Hafez Al-Assad, would seek via all means to modernize Syria and to boost the economy,”

"Dr. Bashar has a well-studied comprehensive timetable to upgrade Syria. Dr. Bashar Hafez Al-Assad wishes to open for the world. He is an excellent person characterized with many merits and attributes.”

The reputed British Intellectual, Patrick Seale.

 "President Bashar Al-Assad, the young leader of Syria, believes ,as his late father did believe, that Arabs are masters in their countries  and should never leave their destiny conditioned to the will of others. Furthermore, President Bashar courageously and categorically rejects whatever dictations regarding the policy and stances of Syria,”

The reputed British Intellectual, Patrick Seale. 

  "President Al-Assad is determined to improve and develop Syria' relations with the west hoping that the west would understand the reality of facts in the Middle East region as to support Arab causes and the big role which Syria plays in the peace process,”

The reputed British Intellectual, Patrick Seale.

 “In addition to his notable and remarkable moves regionally and internationally, President Al-Assad has started large scale development initiatives in Syria covering all walks of life, where all political observers underlined that these initiatives would reactivate the political and economic life in Syria,” 

The reputed British Intellectual, Patrick Seale.

 "Dr. Bashar Al-Assad is the pioneer of Internet and Media Means modernization. He works as to attract investors in support of the Syrian Economy in an atmosphere of transparency.” 

The reputed British Intellectual, Patrick Seale.

 "President Bashar Al-Assad is doing exactly what he has to do; he is the embodiment of Arab public opinion, conscience and aspirations.”

Curnilio Vadim Tudor, President of Great Romanian Party.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad has inherited high values and moral, rich and distinguished experience. He believes in the continuity of what his late father, Hafez Al-Assad established in reform, as well as in development; he is the source of pride for Syria and for the Arab Nation.’’

Dr. Nijma Hibat Allah, Indian Parliament Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the International Parliamentarians Union.

 "President Bashar is far and deep sighted; his vision indicates clear transparency. He clearly, transparently, and outstandingly has presented Syria’s stances in the Arab Summits of Cairo and Amman.”  

Youssef Bin Alawai, Omani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

 "President Bashar has proved, in a very short period of time, that he is a master navigator able to continue the march in commitment to the national principles laid down by his late father.” 

Dr. Mohammad Ahmad Ismael, the Egyptian Ambassador to Damascus.

 "President Bashar is the best guardian for late president’s march of struggle.” 

Sheikh Abdulamir Qabalan, Deputy chairman of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council.

 "President Bashar pursues the same national and patriotic way of his late father in defense of Arabs’ rights to their land.”

Dr. Mohidin Sliq, the Secretary General of the International Academy of Informatics, Moscow.

 "President Bashar pursues the national march of his late father towards progress in the higher interests of the Arab Nation’s capabilities as to steadfast and resist.’’

Lawyer Usama Al-Arab, deputy of the Lebanese Central Fund for Expatriates.

 "Syria under the leadership of President Bashar continues the march of construction,  modernization on the one hand; and on the other resists surrender and normalization schemes.’’

Samir Ahmad, Secretary General of Palestinian Journalists and Writers in Lebanon.

 "President Bashar leads Syria with the same wisdom and power of late president.’’

Ibrahim Ahmad Omar, Secretary General of the Sudanese National Party.

 "President Bashar embodies the meanings of Arab dignity, and pride, which were earlier established by his late father.’’

Al-Naib Adam Q ‘amar Al-din, Chairman of the Sudanese Journalists Union.

 "President Bashar is the best successor for the best predecessor.”

Amre Moussa, Arab League Secretary General. 

"President Bashar has remarkable ability, high proficiency; he does enjoy respect.’’

Marshal Dimitri Yazove, former Soviet Union Defense Minister.

 "President Bashar demonstrated firmness in confronting Israel and in breeding a political vitality to the Syrian street in accordance with the logic of today’s world.”

Izalsin Maihobi, Chairman of Algerian Writers.

Syria under the young leadership of President Bashar would achieve the more of development and reform; Syria is proud of his leadership. He hoists her flag with determination towards dignity and pride.’’

Jawsat Al-Mohisin, Former Jordanian Ambassador.

 "Syria pursues the march strong and firm under the leadership of president Bashar.’’

Salim Al-Hoss, Former Lebanese premier.

"President Bashar boosted Syria’s roles at the Arab and international arena.”

Jobran Arbaji, Chairman of the Syrian National Social Party.

 "President Bashar has a remarkable ability in confrontation and steadfastness, at a time when the Arab and Islamic cause needs the more of power, patience, and firmness.’’

H. E. the Religious Authority Sheikh Mohammad Hussein Fadelallah.

 "Syria, under the leadership of president Bashar, is a qualitative interaction with Arab causes with the challenges it faces.’’

Anwar Khalil, former Lebanese Information Minister.

 "President Bashar is the guardian of the legacy of struggle and huge accomplishments realized by our people under the leadership of late president.’’

Gazi Zou’iter, Former Lebanese Minister of Defense. 

"President Bashar follows up the process of reform and modernization initiated by late president.’’

Dr. Mohammad Saleh Al-Awran, the Secretary General of the Jordanian Arab Land Party.

 "The young and courageous leadership of president Bashar is the defender of Aqsa Mosque, Palestine, the supporter of the Intifada, and the holder of Arabism flag, national legitimacy, and of Arab developmental project.’’

Dr. Mohammad Saleh Al-Awran, the Secretary General of the Jordanian Arab Land Party.

 "The performance of President Bashar Al-Assad as a Statesman, exceeded all expectations; he represents a high minaret in the region; he who follows president Bashar in conferences: Arab and international circles, feels how much this leader is very powerful.’’

George Galway, British Parliamentarian.

 "President Bashar surprised the world and proved in less than a year that Syria Bashar Al-Assad is the same of the late immortal president.’’ 

Talal Naji, Assistant Secretary General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.


Edited & Translated by

Mohamad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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