“Here in Syria, there is no big problem that we suffer from. After all, education in Syria, including all university stages and others, is in the Arabic language. We support foreign languages, but the Arabic language remains the basis because we understand the meaning of the language; cultural alienation and the dissolution of cultures begins with languages then spreads to other aspects."

H.E. President Assad's Speech to the Damascus-held Arab Forum, November 14, 2017.

“First, we have to address the group which is convinced about the contradiction between Islam and Arabism, we have to tell them that there is no contradiction between these two concepts, both flow into the other, both reinforce the other,” he said, stressing they cannot separate the Arabism of Prophet Mohammad from his religion, nor can they separate the religious context of the Quran from the Arabic language, so how can they separate Arabism from Islam?"

H.E. President Assad's Speech to the Damascus-held Arab Forum, November 14, 2017.

“The most important thing is the language that brings us all together. We all speak Arabic in this region, not other languages, even if there are other languages. .Therefore the Arabic language and pan-Arabism is what brings all religions, sects and ethnics together, and at the same time preserves the characteristics of each one,”

H.E. President Assad's Speech to the Damascus-held Arab Forum, November 14, 2017.

"It is important to teach the children of the Syrian community the Arabic language since they have two cultures at the same time; it is difficult to truly have a culture without knowing its language."

From H.E.'s Statements in Argentine  (July 4, 2010)

 "The Syrian community helped build the embassy which is an important establishment, so why not contribute to something similar by building a school for the Arabic language, possibly with Arab communities in Argentina. We as a country will support this project in whatever way you find suitable."

 From H.E.'s Statements in Argentine  (July 4, 2010) 

    “I do highly esteem the Arab Language, which is the Identity. Without the language, there is no identity. I do strongly support the process of Arabization and the use of the Arab Language in all fields.”

 From His Excellency Al-Khaleej Newspaper Interview, (March 9, 2009)

    “As far as the educational and cultural levels, ahead of us lies a lot of work in the face of  the dangerous foreign cultural attack influencing the belonging of our youth generations to their mother national culture. The basic to this effect is to work as to strengthen the Arab Language at the national level as the basis bearer of our culture, belonging, and memory; the loss of our language means the loss of history, consequently the loss of future. Before the Summit, there is the project as to link the Arab Language to the society of knowledge; so that our language is the language of culture  and life  preserving our existence safeguarding our civilized identity.”

 From His Excellency Opening  Speech of  20th Arab Summit  (March29th 2008)

 "Any talk of the Arab Culture should consider the Arab Language as its solid foundation; therefore, we should upgrade this language; the language of the Holy Quran which draws the attention of hundreds of millions; the very language in which half of the world history, the history of the world science and literature is written. Our language is that of the great poetry, thinking, philosophy and science. It is also so important to learn the living languages as to get acquainted with the accomplishments of human progress. This, however, does not mean to disregard our national language, nor to feel inferior before others. We have to be proud of our Arabic Language. Such a pride necessitates the enrichment of our language with all types of knowledge invention as to bolster its vitality, internationality, reactivating its role in the process of human awareness. There is no identity without language, and no homeland without an identity."

From HE's Speech inaugurating Damascus as the Capital for Arab Culture for the year 2008, (January 19, 2008) 

 

“As far as the educational and cultural levels, ahead of us lies a lot of work in the face of  the dangerous foreign cultural attack influencing the belonging of our youth generations to their mother national culture. The basic to this effect is to work as to strengthen the Arab Language at the national level as the basis bearer of our culture, belonging, and memory; the loss of our language means the loss of history, consequently the loss of future. Before the Summit, there is the project as to link the Arab Language to the society of knowledge; so that our language is the language of culture  and life  preserving our existence safeguarding our civilized identity.”

 

 From His Excellency Opening  Speech of  20th Arab Summit  (March29th 2008)

 

  “ We have to accord every care to and interest in the Arab Language, which is mingled with our history, culture, and identity; so that this language is to live with us in our curriculum , information, and education as a living entity which grows, flourishes and gets developed, as to occupy the position our Arab Languages deserves as the essence of our national belonging; and so that this language is able to integrate in the course of knowledge and science development in the age of Information technology and globalization; and so that the Arab Language becomes a means of modernization and a strong shield in the face of distortion bids against our culture. We, in Syria, have accorded every attention to the Arab Language, where it has occupied , since long,  a distinguished position of our cultural life . Today, we have to follow up the efforts as to upgrade this language, especially at a time when our national existence faces bids as to liquidate our identity and its components; the cling to the Arab Language is the means of adherence  to this very existence.”

 From HE’s Second  Presidential Term Inauguration Speech , ( July 17, 2007)

"I say here and I repeat that we should distinguish between the Arab media and the Arabic language media. The Arab media are those which speak the Arabic language and adopt Arab causes, while the Arabic language media are those which adopt the causes of the enemies and the opponents, but use our Arabic language. Consequently, they contribute to their battle because they come from the same structure and because they have credibility.”

From HE’s Speech at Damascus University, (November 10, 2005)

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim