''The Syrian society is not a sectarian one and we have learned lessons from this war,''

President Assad's speech at  Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry Conference, August 20, 2017.

 

   

"The Syrian people, through their steadfastness and adherence to national unity, diversity and belief in the homeland, have managed to foil the terrorist takfiri war imposed on them as to fragment the homogeneous social structure of which the Syrian society has been distinguished for centuries."

H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad, July 4, 2017.

"The Church in Syria has been playing a key national role as to enhance national unity in general and during the war in particular, through boosting national belongingness in the confrontation of all attempts aiming to sow extremist takfiri ideas and through adherence to the Syrian national roots and to the security, stability and territorial integrity of the country."

H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad, July 4, 2017.

 

 

 " Syria wouldn't have been able to withstand for years in the face of the war imposed, had it not been for the sacrifices of its Army and the belief of the Syrians in their homeland and in their unity."

 From President Assad's statements, May 17, 2017.

 

  

''There are a number of factors: first, Syria is an ancient country, and now you are in Damascus. Damascus, and Aleppo in the north, are the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in history. Nobody knows when life started in them. This means a historical accumulation for thousands of years. If you go back to written history, since writing was invented, you will see that Syria has always come under different forms of occupation and different forms of colonialism. It was invaded and destroyed. This means tht tahe Syrian people have accumulated experiences in how to deal with historical campaigns. So, what’s happening now wasn’t surprising to the Syrian people, for all the lies which were promoted in the beginning were clear.''

From President Assad's  Belarus ONT Channel Interview, May 11, 2017.

''For us, and for me personally, I have always been, before the war and during it, one of the sons of the Syrian people. I haven’t lived in separation from it. Had the Syrian people felt differently, that this president or this official is fighting battles for his personal interests, they wouldn’t have supported him for one single day. The West did not understand all these things because of the shortsightedness of its officials. That’s why, so far, they have made a lot of destruction in Syria, but they haven’t been able to achieve what they planned in the beginning, i.e. that all the Syrian people would come out on the streets in support of the fake democracy they claim and the fake freedom they promote in order to realize the Syrian paradise, as portrayed by the West, after the fall of the present state.''

From President Assad's  Belarus ONT Channel Interview, May 11, 2017.

''All these things were clear to the Syrian people; and that’s why the West has failed in realizing its plans. And this shows that the West, despite all the advance it has made, does not have an in-depth understanding of this region. The West is used to a group of lackey officials who ingratiate themselves with it for their personal interests. When it comes to the real state of patriotism, as in the deep and accumulative social concepts in this region, Western officials do not understand this at all. That’s why they failed.''

From President Assad's  Belarus ONT Channel Interview, May 11, 2017.

 

 

"If you look at Syria, not today, not during the last few years; during the last centuries, it’s always diverse, it’s a melting pot of different religions, sects, and ethnicities. We have a wide spectrum of diversity. Without this wide spectrum of diversity, you won’t have Syria, regardless of the name, regardless of the political border; I’m talking about Syria as society, as it was before the war. Because of this war, you have many demographic changes, whether because of the displacement of the people internally or externally."

From President Assad's statements to  the Italian Il Giornale, December 29, 2016.

" My impression, and I’m confident about that, after the war the majority of the Syrians will go back to Syria. So, Syria is going to, let’s say, if you want to use the word, be reborn naturally, because it hasn’t vanished yet, this is first. Second, this war has brought many Syrians together. They learned the lessons – so many lessons – that if we don’t accept each other, if we don’t respect each other on every level of this word, you cannot have unified society. Without this unified society, Syria cannot be reborn. So, I think, not only to talk about the rebirth of Syria, I can feel today that if you don’t have terrorism, the social society is going to be much stronger than the society that you knew before the war, because of the lesson that we’ve learned."

From President Assad's statements to  the Italian Il Giornale, December 29, 2016.

 

 

 

 "Definitely, of course. It’s his priority, and of course it’s our priority, that’s self-evident. It’s not only our priority; it’s a Middle Eastern priority, and when the Middle East is stable, the rest of the world is stable, because the Middle East is the heart of the world geographically and geopolitically, and Syria is the heart of the Middle East geographically and geopolitically. We are the fault line; if you don’t deal with this fault line, you’re going to have an earthquake, that’s what we always said. That’s why this priority is a hundred percent correct from our point of view, and we are ready to cooperate in any way to achieve stability in Syria, of course taking into consideration the interest of the country, and the will of the Syrian people."

From President Assad RTP TV Interview, December 14, 2016

 

"You might find it strange that I was concerned about this before the war, not after. Maybe in the first year of the war, yes, because this was widespread in society and influenced people. But after one year and then two years, the picture became clear. I believe that today the social structure of Syrian society has become purer than it was before the war. Before the war, there were sectarian and ethnic impurities seeping deep into society. Now this society has become purer because things have become clearer, and now it distinguishes between religion and fanaticism, between religion and sectarianism. Differences became clear, and society realized that it is in its best interest that everyone accept everyone else and that everyone respect all the different religious, sectarian, ethnic parts of the spectrum in the Syrian society, because it’s the only way that Syria can exist. That’s why I believe that despite the brutality and the bad aspects of the war, it had advantages for the Syrian society in this respect. That’s why we shouldn’t worry. I tell you that if we are able to strike terrorism, this society will be much better than the Syrian society which we knew before the crisis."

President Assad's Interview with Al-Watan Daily, December 7, 2016.

 "Of course, we support dialogue as a principle. We support dialogue between the Syrians when it is a Syrian-Syrian dialogue between Syrians who do not belong to foreign agendas and do not support terrorism. We support any dialogue of that nature."

President Assad's Interview with Al-Watan Daily, December 7, 2016.

 

 

" It’s not tolerance, actually; they are part of this society. Without all different colors of the society – Christians, Muslims, and the different sects and ethnicities – you won’t have Syria. So, every Syrian citizen should feel fully free in practicing his rituals, his traditions, his beliefs. He should be free in order to have a stable country. Otherwise you won’t have Syria as a stable country. But I wouldn’t call it tolerance. Tolerance means like we accept something against our will; no, Muslims and Christians lived together for centuries in Syria, and they integrate in their life on daily basis, they don’t live in ghettos."

From President Assad's the Serbian Politika Interview, November 3, 2016

"You have some schools that belong to the church, but they are full of Muslims and vice versa. So, you don’t have, no. We don’t allow any segregation of religions and ethnicities in Syria, that would be very dangerous, but naturally, without the interference of the government, people would like to live with each other in every school, in every place, in every NGO, in the government, that is the natural… That’s why Syria is secular by nature, not by the government. The Syrian society has been secular throughout history."

From President Assad's the Serbian Politika Interview, November 3, 2016

 

 

"One of the main goals of the unprecedented terrorist aggression on Syria is to disseminate takfiri and extremist thinking in order to hit the cohesive diverse social fiber which has distinguished Syria throughout history."

From H.E. President Assad's statements, July 25, 2016.

"The hard circumstances the Syrian people have been experiencing have strengthened their adherence to their society’s diversity and unity."

From H.E. President Assad's statements, July 25, 2016.

"The Syrian people are determined to keep steadfast in defense of their homeland and independent decision."

From H.E. President Assad's statements, July 26, 2016.

 

 "the Syrians are ever to defend their sovereignty, integrity and fight terrorism and are never to be taken by some foreign-agenda agents who are a floor cloth for their masters."

From President Assad's Parliament Speech, June 7, 2016

 

"Secularism in Syria is to have freedom of religions, sects and ethnicities. Without this, you will not have the Syria that has been known for centuries. So, this is the most important thing that we can try to protect. The second thing is moderation, because of this variety of different factors in this society for centuries, you have moderation. Without moderation you cannot have this melting pot."

From H.E. President Assad's  interview with the Czech TV, December 1, 2015

"The only option that we have is to defeat terrorism. There is no way. Second, to keep the secular society and its different colors. Third, to have reforms in Syria: what the Syrian people want about their political system, and their future, so I think as I said the most important thing is secularism, second more integrated than before the crisis, although it was integrated, but you always have flows in societies."

From H.E. President Assad's  interview with the Czech TV, December 1, 2015

 

"We will never be slaves but ever independent masters,"

From H.E. President Al-Assad's July 26th  2015 Speech

"the future of Syria is to decide the future of the region; we have to vanquish in our battles, to be united against terrorism,"

From H.E. President Al-Assad's July 26th  2015 Speech

"the homeland, Syria, is our right, the protection of Syria is our duty and God stands with right,"

From H.E. President Al-Assad's July 26th  2015 Speech

 

"This crisis will make every Syrian rethink the weak points that we used to have in our society. For example, many fanatics didn’t see the thin line between being fanatic and being extremist. Many people didn’t see the thin line between extremist and terrorist. So that will push the whole society to shift more toward moderation, although I’m talking about a moderate society, but in every moderate society you have extreme and fanatic corners and spots. So, I think that will push our society to cherish what we had during our history as moderation and as integration, as different colors of the Syrian spectrum. So, from that side, I see it as a good side to build society. Rebuilding the country is not a problem, any country could be rebuilt later, but the main challenge is how to purify the next generation that saw these atrocities from the debris of what they saw psychologically and morally. That is the challenge, I think. I’m not pessimistic. I mean, if we get rid of the terrorists, I’m not pessimistic about the future of Syria."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

"If the society is divided, automatically the country will be divided. Without this division, there are no such borders to divide a country, only the people can divide it, and it could be divided when you have these clear lines between sects or religions or ethnicities. Now, if you look at the society now in the safe areas, where you have many displaced people coming from place to place, living with each other. You look at the whole spectrum of the Syrian society living together. If you have real division, they wouldn’t live with each other."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

 

 ''We cannot abandon our dignity because it is the most precious thing the Syrian people possess. Our dignity is stronger than their armies and more precious than their wealth.''

From H.E's  Damascus University Speech, ( January 10, 2012)

 ''Our people has proven its genuineness and sincerity when the bloody media machine fell short of destroying its unity and when the starvation attempts did not make it kneel and could not taint its honour and dignity. A people with such sophist feelings of belonging to their home country, with such high morals which face the most dangerous crises, and with such strong faith in its ability to overcome those decisive moments in its history will not allow a small group of frauds or delusional people to make it stray from the road of truth and righteousness; and it will not allow groups that sold themselves to the devil of pernicious desires and dubious interests to destroy what it has built over a long history of effort and sacrifice.''

From H.E's  Damascus University Speech, ( January 10, 2012)

 

   

"I am assured because the Syrian people have always come out of crises stronger…and it is natural that this crisis as any other crisis will give them more strength."

From H.E's Syrian TV Interview, (August 21, 2011)

 ''Syria, destined to be at the heart of this geo-strategic area, is made the beating heart of the nation by the will of its sons, and that Syrians believe that adherence to national and pan-Arab stances increases the enmity against them, yet they still remain fully confident that Syria is capable of foiling the new chapter in the conspiracy through the awareness of its people and national unity.''

 From H.E's Army Day Speech, (August 1, 2011)

  "Syria is used to creating victories and defeating the enemies of the country and nation… today we are more determined to follow the course of dignity with sure steps based on personal abilities… it knows how to do it to add a new victories and leave warmongers and blood merchants to taste the bitterness of defeat and disappointment,"

 From H.E's Army Day Speech, (August 1, 2011)  

''Syria will present its own model of freedom, democracy and political pluralism, paving the way to a future made by Syrians according to their convictions and interests, not according to what the nation's enemies want. those who think that pressures and conspiracies can make Syria relinquish some of its rights and principles are wrong.''

From H.E's Army Day Speech, (August 1, 2011)

 "Credibility has formed the basis of the relation between the People and me, the credibility which has been built on deeds and not words, on substance and not on form,''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  ''Syria has witnessed 'difficult days' during which a big price from our security, stability and growth was paid because of killing operations, and terrifying the citizens, destroying public and private properties, which took place during popular protests in which scores of citizens, security forces, policemen and armed forces were martyred or wounded; '' this is a big loss for their families, Syria, and a heavy loss for me personally,''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  "Our only option is looking towards the future… we possess this option when we decide to make the future raher than have events make it… when we control it rather than it controls us… we lead rather than it leads us,"

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  ''Syria, throughout all of its history has been facing conspiracies against it for several reasons, some of which are linked to Syria's important geographic and political status and others are linked to its political stances committed to its principles and interests.''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  ''What is going on in the street has three  components the first one people who have  needs and they want the state to fulfill  them, the second component is represented  through the outlaws and the wanted due to  different criminal cases and they found  that state institutions are a target for  them because these institutions stand in  the face of their interests and because  they were dismissed from them so chaos  for them a golden chance that they should  seize to remain free and boost their illegal acts,''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  "The third component is the most dangerous  despite of being small and it is represented  through those who have the Takfiri extremist  ideology which we have experience for decades  when it tried to sneak to Syria and it could get  rid of it due to its people's awareness and wisdom.''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

 "Despite that, and based on what I heard from a number of people and what I learned from other people I didn't meet, I will ask the Ministry of Justice to study the margin in which we can expand the pardon even if it needs another decree that covers others without threatening the interest and security of the state on one side, and at the same time without harming the interests of citizens regarding personal rights of citizens,"

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  ''In some cases, peaceful marches were taken as a cover where gunmen hide behind. In other cases , the gunmen attacked civilians, policemen and  military members through attacking some military  spots or sites or through committing assassination  operations,'' said President al-Assad asserting that ''Those who have the Takfiri ideology not only  distorted the image of homeland outside but  also called for foreign interference and tried  to weaken the political national stance which  is adherent to restoring all the national  rights fully.''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  ''I felt the love of this people who frequently granted  me his honesty and support.. and strength and continuity in our political line and

resistant approach.''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  "the people are the most capable of maintaining security… I say that based on experience and reality… The one who protected the country during the critical years and who are protecting it now are the  people … They are the youths who confronted, initiated  and implemented… a state's strength lies in the strength of the people and their strength lies in their dignity and their dignity lies in their freedom and their freedom lies in the  power of their country.''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

 "Syria's fate is to face plights, yet its fate is also to be strong, resistant and victorious and  to get out of these plights stronger, thanks to its cohesive society and its people's determination who were granted  awareness, civilization and openness by the Almighty.''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

 "As you know, Syria is going through a critical stage. As I said in my speech to the People’s Assembly, there are different components of this stage. There is the conspiracy. There are the reforms and the needs. The conspiracy has always been there as long as Syria acted independently and as long as it has taken its decisions in a way that does not appeal to many parties. And as long as there are adversaries or enemies, conspiracies are natural around us. That’s why we shouldn’t give this component a lot of attention. What’s important for us is to focus our attention on strengthening our internal immunity inside Syria. This immunity is definitely linked to the reforms we are carrying out and to the needs of the Syrian population. "

 From H.E's Speech to the New Government  (April 16, 2011)

  "The citizen is our compass, and we get along with our citizens in the direction they identify. We are here to serve our citizens; and without this service there is no justification for the existence of any one of us. What is important is for the citizen to feel his or her citizenship in every sense of the word."

 From H.E's Speech to the New Government  (April 16, 2011) 

"I hope that you and I, and every official in this country will be able to speak for Syria, glorious Syria which is at the heart of the Arab nation and to truly represent what our country stands for, as the throbbing heart of the Arab nation."

 From H.E's Speech to the New Government  (April 16, 2011)

  "I have full confidence in the Syrian people in this regard, because they have the will, they have the history, and they are highly dynamic."

 From H.E's Speech to the New Government  (April 16, 2011)  

 

"Syria's image around the world is very good… internationally, we have very good relations and we didn't have problems with South America, East Asia and Africa, but our relation with the west was confused… it's a little better now, but not by much."

From H.E's Interview with ' Hurriyet' and the 'Bild' Dailies, (December 19, 2010)

 "The Middle East is geographically the heart of the world, and we believe that Syria is politically at the heart of the Middle East. We can define countries by their seas in the same way they are defined by their borders."

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Cyprus, (November 5, 2010)

 "Syria is located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean forming the gate to a larger and bigger region bordered by five seas (the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and the Gulf). This region, located between Asia, Africa and Europe, is considered the center in which most of the goods transactions are conducted,"

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Cyprus, (November 5, 2010)

 "Syria is an independent country and does what is dedicated by its convictions and interests."

From H.E.'s Statements in Argentine  (July 3, 2010)

 

''We in Syria have bet on the people, so it's natural that we win the bet.''

From H.E.'s address to the Syrian Expatriates in Venezuela  (June 27, 2010)

 ''We must know that the national decisions are more important than the international ones and this is what we do in Syria as we signed the United Nations Charter, but we signed it to be implemented not to be transformed into double standard."

From H.E.'s address to the Syrian Expatriates in Venezuela  (June 27, 2010)

  "Power can be achieved when we are unified on the internal level. There are a lot of differences over any issue, but we mustn't allow foreign forces to interfere in these differences. We have different viewpoints on internal issues, but we must be unified without any hesitation in dealing with external issues.''

From H.E.'s address to the Syrian Expatriates in Venezuela  (June 27, 2010)

 "Syria plays an important role in the Middle East, something very important for world security."

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Russian President Medvedev, (May11, 2010)

  

''Syria is an important country; no one was able to deter Syria from playing such a role.''

From His Excellency's Conference with Chancellor Faymann, (December 23, 2009)

 ''Syria was able to encounter many hatched schemes, because of the real oneness and rallying between the united people and leadership behind the Arabism, the sacred subject for all of the Syrian colours, and intellectual trends, not to mention what Syria possesses of the many rich points of strength, of which the most important are the rights, principles, basics, vision, and the confidence in the ability to achieve positive results,''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

 “Syria, People and Leadership, share your Festival joy, while you are contributing to the bolstering of the self-capabilities of this resistant Country. The course of events has proved the correctness of the approach and the right of the drive. Syria today, thanks to her National cohesion and her Army and people rallying behind her Leadership, is more committed to her National and Pan-Arab Basics, and more determined as to restore every grain of the Land, and every drop of the Water,”

 From His Excellency's  speech on the 64th Anniversary of the Syrian Arab Army Foundation Day, (August 1, 2009)

 “I do have a big trust in you as well in your capacity to add new glorious pages to the record of our doctrinal Army, which has written many pages of heroism, and sacrifice in manifestation of the best of courage and steadfastness, as well as of belonging and sincere loyalty to the Homeland, and to the inveterate Nation deeply rooted ever living in the profundity of Human Civilization. You have always manifested the willingness to join the convoys of the Martyrs, sacrificing every dear and expensive for the carrying out of your sacred duty, and to the best of performance. With the sacrifices of the Army and the People, the Independence from the colonizer was achieved in demonstration of the Homeland Sons will.”

From His Excellency's  speech on the 64th Anniversary of the Syrian Arab Army Foundation Day, (August 1, 2009)

 “Our Armed Forces have been and would ever be the symbol for our National Unity, of which we are proud, and are keen to strengthen its immunity in the face of all hardships. You have proved, through your preparedness, training acceleration, experience and skill refinements, to represent but the willingness of our dignified and generous People. You have been and would ever be the centre of the hope, and sacrifice, the inexhaustible spring of sacrifice and giving, because its tributaries extend to enter every house in the honoured Syria and her full of life and resistant people, in whose conscience and affection you dwell. Such a noble and remarkable mingling between the Army and the People is the active influential sap from which the Syrian Policy takes the factors of its power.”

From His Excellency's  speech on the 64th Anniversary of the Syrian Arab Army Foundation Day, (August 1, 2009)

 “The Syrian People take the initiative for dealing with the other, and respond to others’ initiatives. The Syrian People are sincere and frank in dealing with others,”

 From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 27, 2009)

“He who owns civilization can make a dialogue and achieve peace, thus Damascus embraces Vienna as two capitals capable of communication with immense love and civilization, achieving the best for our future.”

 From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 27, 2009)

 

“Of course. This widens one's horizon; when you have multi-cultural aspects in ethnicities, in religions, in nationalities, this will widen your horizon. This is one of the aspects of Syria. We have these different aspects in our country. That is why we have a strong society. And that is why we are still stable while surrounded by very difficult circumstances and instabilities in our region. Why? Because we have these aspects. That makes you strong. Of course if you do not see it this way it can make a problem. It is like a knife, you can cut bread and you can kill somebody with it. So it has two uses. The base is how you see it, but it is positive for me, from our perspective in Syria it is positive.”

From His Excellency’s Interview with the Austrian Der Standard, (April, 18, 2009)

 "If you want comprehensive peace in the Middle East you can't achieve it without Syria,"

From His Excellency Interview with the Guardian, (February 17, 2009)

 "We are a player in the region. If you want to talk about peace you cannot advance without us."

From His Excellency Interview with the Guardian, (February 17, 2009)

 “Our gathering on the occasion of the blessed Christmas is not as to address messages that we in Syria live in fraternity, tolerance and coexistence; because Syria for long did overcome such terms. We are here together as part of our Syrian Social Texture, our civilization and of our history. We, as Syrians, have to transfer what we have to the entire world,”

 From His Excellency Christmas Address, (December 25, 2008)

  “The role of Syria is linked to her historic and civilizational position, and to her rich heritage, which proves that Syria has ever been, and across all times, the ideal example to be followed. The power of Syria lies in her civilization depth, in her Islamic and Christian components, as well as in the power of the Syrian Man with his/her continuity across history phases,”

 From His Excellency Christmas Address, (December 25, 2008)

   “We in Syria are born monotheists; we are the natural pattern for society, humanity and for relations among religions. We have to give the ideal example not only for relations among religions, not only for Nationalism, but, further, through a more sublime and comprehensive thing represented in the humanity.”

 From His Excellency Christmas Address, (December 25, 2008)

 “Every party or state who want to play a role in the region should pass through Syria,”

From His Excellency Al-Hawadeth Magazine Interview (September 30, 2008)

 “The traditions of the Syrian Christians and Moslems’ living peacefully together is one of the most important characteristic of our people; we have also a Jewish Community. In Syria live many of the Russians. The most ancient Church exists in Damascus.” 

 From His Excellency Interview with the Russian Gazeta Daily  (August 20-21, 2008)

 “Any country that has an interest to settle Mideast problems has to dialogue with Syria,”

 From His Excellency Statements in France (July12-14, 2008)

  “Syria is a very important country in the region, the Arab and regional surrounding; and has ever played her positive role in finding solutions for the region issues.”

From His Excellency Statements in India (June 18th, 2008) 

  

 “What Syria witnesses of harmony among her citizens is derived from the prevailing domestic peace inside every one of us, which , in turn, makes the society live in harmony and concord.” said President Assad.

 From HE’s Christmas Speech  ( December 25th, 2007)

  “Syria always disseminates messages to others through amity, fraternity, mercy and peace prevailing among her citizens.” said President Assad.

 From HE’s Christmas Speech  ( December 25th, 2007)

 “No, they cannot isolate Syria. Isolating Syria does not mean that you do not have visitors or that they do not talk to you; isolating Syria means that Syria is not active in any issue. Can they solve any problem without Syria? That is the question that they have to answer. If the answer is yes, they would not say that we have to play a better role or to show different behavior. If we are not important and isolated, they would not care about Syria. So, they cannot isolate Syria. It is a matter of time and substance because in substance they cannot isolate Syria.”

From H. E. ’s BBC Interview  ( October 1, 2007)

  

“Damascus is the most ancient inhabited city in the world, in which life continued throughout thousands of years.”

 From HE’s Speech at the Municipality of Athens, Greece,  ( December 11, 2003)

 "Damascus is proud of being the starting point of the preaching of Christianity. The salvation of Saint Paul took place near Damascus, and in a place which has become a well known church he was rescued at the hands of Hanania, the first bishop of Damascus,"

 From HE’s Speech at the Municipality of Athens, Greece,  ( December 11, 2003)

 “Damascus is proud in being the Capital of the Islamic State in the peak of its glory, at the time when features of Greek culture began to interact with Arab Islamic culture, thus giving the best fruits of civilization. " In the framework of the same dialogue, we look forward to communication between the two cities through exchanges of visits and through meetings and agreements."

Speech at the Municipality of Athens, Greece,  ( December 11, 2003)

 “We are glad that you are today our dear guests in Damascus, this ancient city which is one of the glorious Arab cities from which Arab glory emerged carrying its message to the farthest corners of the world in the shape of civilization, values, and human principles. In the heart of this glorious city and throughout its long history, the fine feeling of the importance of contacts with other peoples grew on the basis of taking and giving and of mutual respect and esteem. Syria, on the basis of that, always aspires to carry out its role with trust and confidence.”

From HE’s Speech Welcoming the Spanish King  , ( October 21, 2003)

 “Geographic distance between countries has never been an obstacle to creating fruitful relationships and throughout history, we have established relations in different domains between our two countries. The Phoenicians reached the British shores in 1100 B.C. and the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, who is of Syrian origin, is buried in the city of York when both countries were part of the Roman Empire. I n the 16th century commercial relations flourished between Syria and Britain. An agreement signed with the Ottoman Empire, which included Syria at the time, allowed English traders to take residence in the Northern city of Aleppo and Syrian traders to take residence in Manchester. It is through this agreement that the great English poet, William Shakespeare, learned of Aleppo and mentioned it in his play, Othello,”

From HE’s Speech at the Municipality of London  , ( December 17, 2002)

 "So I said to the Pope that your pilgrimage was not completed until you visited Damascus because Christianity, although it appeared in Palestine, we protected and then went to the world from Damascus. But he said to me Syria was part of the Roman Empire. I said to him it is the contrary because we gave the Roman Empire eight Popes and five emperors."

From HE’s Interview with the Italian Corriere Della Sera, (February 14, 2002)

 

"We have a very common history. You know Caracalla path in Rome! Caracalla was one of the Syrian Emperors."

From HE’s Interview with the Italian Corriere Della Sera, (February 14, 2002) 

 “Moreover, Christianity moved from Damascus to the Greek territory and later spread throughout the Roman Empire by Saint Paul whose famous epistles are well preserved by the Church.”

From HE’s Speech Welcoming the Greece President  , (February 2, 2002)

 “We have in our country a decades old Greek community, participating in public life and enjoying respect. Over the years there came to be links of kinship and love among members of the community and Syrian families.”

From HE’s Speech Welcoming the Greece President  , (February 2, 2002)

  “Our bilateral relations date back to the days of the Syrian Phoenicians , whose civilization linked the Mediterranean states together, and made of the Mediterranean a bridge of communication among its people, allowing the movement and transfer  of trade architecture,  open-minded and tolerant thought between our two countries. Damascus, for thousands of years, has been the most ancient city of history, the cradle of Christianity, from where  Apostle Paul started to spread the preaching of Jesus and of His principles of amity and tolerance. Damascus is further the capital of the Umayyad State, the first Islamic State, stretching from China to Spain spreading the preaching of Islam, based on the principles of tolerance,  justice, fraternity and equity. Thus,  Damascus has witnessed the construction of the first churches in history; in Damascus stands the Umayyad Mosque, the most ancient as far as its size and its architecture. Thousands of Damascus scholars from have transferred their education and knowledge to the world contributing to the human development; when the hospitals of Damascus used to treat the sick from all the Umayyad State. Further, Damascus has presented the world her Damascene Sword, the symbol for excellent work, her Damascene textile, the symbol for art and excellence, her Damascene Flower, the symbol for amity.”

From H. E. ‘ s Speech at the Municipality of Paris, France, (June 25, 2001) 

  “Damascus is indeed proud of her Straight Street, the longest and oldest street, within a populated city, in the world.”

 From H. E. ‘ s Speech at the Municipality of Paris, France, (June 25, 2001)

 

"While visiting Syria you are treading the land of history, the homeland which hosted the most ancient civilizations in the world, and was a beacon which spread its light towards humanity throughout many centuries during which most regions of the world obtained guidance from its light. From Syria, which protect Christianity after Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul proceeded, preaching, with the other Disciples of Christ, the new religion in various parts of the world and calling for fraternity, justice and equality."

From HE’s Welcome Speech welcoming His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, on his arrival in Damascus, (May 5th, 2001)

 

"From Syria as well Islam spread throughout the world advocating justice, love and equality among human beings with no distinction between one and another except by God fearing. Today, Your Holiness arrive as a dear guest among a people all of them worship the only God, solicit the help of Almighty, live together in amity and harmony, work for the high standing and prosperity of their homeland, and are proud of their ancient past and of the several civilizations of their ancestors which left for them a rich historic heritage that made of Syria a homeland of tolerance and love and sanctuary for the persecuted as well as a meeting point of heavenly religions that have spread incessantly throughout history. This is confirmed by the many relics of worship houses in various parts of Syria, the pontification of eight Popes from Syria to the Holy See in the Vatican, and the Presence of the Headquarters of three Oriental Patriarchates in Damascus. "

From HE’s Welcome Speech welcoming His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, on his arrival in Damascus, (May 5th, 2001)

 

“Humanity with its vast and original meaning is not confined to borders nor dispersed by peoples and that the Spanish people through this exhibition prove their respect to history and civilization. Damascus is the meeting place for divine religions and was the capital of the Umayyad's state in the past and the capital of Syria at the present time, noting that Damascus follows up closely this great demonstration about the Arab culture in Andalusia where amity prevailed, where al-Sham- Andalus relations have been developed into an Arab- Andalusia relations and these relations are presumed to develop through the Syrian- Spanish relations and Arab- European relations.”

  From HE’s  press conference with the Spanish Premier, ( May 3, 2001 )    

 

  “We come from Damascus, the oldest continuously  inhabited capital of history as to participate with you in this grand activity, through which the Spanish people prove its great respect for civilization and history, as to view together the great heritage inherited from our ancestors, in testimony for our shared history, which, in turn, proves that humanity, in its real meaning and original essence, is vast without borders nor can be separated by race or people. Damascus is the meeting point for monotheistic religions, the capital of the Umayyad State in the past, and presently the capital of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

 From H. E. ‘ s Speech at the opening ceremony of  Cordoba Museum, Spain, ( May 3, 2001)

   “Syria has been, in light of her geographic location, the homeland for tens of civilizations; it is in Syria where agriculture appeared  first, metallurgy invented, normal, decorated and colorful clay made first, the first alphabet, the first dictionaries,  the first musical note appeared. All of this represents a developed society keen on documentation as to communicate with consequent generations and the then existent people in other places. Such a search for the communication has motivated the Arab Syrians as to transfer their talented inventions to other people.”

 From H. E. ‘ s Speech at the opening ceremony of  Cordoba Museum, Spain, ( May 3, 2001)

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim