" We respect a lot the Indian position, because first of all it’s based on the international law, it’s based on the charter of the United Nations, it’s based on the morals of the world, of the human civilizations first, and Indian civilization second, the Indian people’s morals. This is very important, that’s the difference between state and regime: the state bases everything, all its vision, all its policy on the ethics of its own people. So, we respect the Indian position in that regard. Second, as you just mentioned a very important word, it was “independent.” In spite all the pressure, all the Western pressure on every country including India to join the embargo against the Syrian people, India wouldn’t cease its relation with Syria, and some of the investments are still going on in Syria with Indian participation in different sectors because of that independent position."

 

From President Assad's Indian Wion TV Interview, June 3, 2017

 

"Definitely, definitely. First of all, if you want to talk about the political part, the most important factor for any player to play any role in such a complicated conflict is to have credibility, and India through the history has always been credible. Through the different parties that took power in India, we never noted that there’s any fluctuation in their policy because it’s based on morals and ethics as I said. So, this credibility is a very important factor for India to play a role, not necessarily within Syria, because the Syrian conflict is not only Syrian; the main factors are regional and international, and the most important part of this that how can we protect international law. So India as a main country on the political arena today has to do its utmost in order to protect the international law and the Charter of the United Nations through its relations. India has relations with every country in this world. So, with their effort, the effort of their officials and the government, they can help in that regard."

 

From President Assad's Indian Wion TV Interview, June 3, 2017

 

"Of course, definitely, definitely, and the scope of the relation between Syria and India, I would describe it as ample scope, and that was my plan in 2008, and this relation was moving upward. Because of the war, things have changed in a different way, but of course after this war India will be one of the first countries to visit, not because of the scope of the relation, but actually because we have to be faithful or loyal to every country that was objective and moral in its position toward the war in Syria."

 

From President Assad's Indian Wion TV Interview, June 3, 2017

 

''Any solution to any problem needs a number of characteristics or elements, but the most important element is credibility, which you have. You belong to a country which has credibility, because what the Belarus policy is saying today is the same that it said at the beginning of the crisis. They are the same principles it was based on concerning other issues.''

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

''The principles on which this policy is based regarding Syria are the same principles on which it is based concerning the interests of the Belarus people and the interests of Belarus. They are the same principles which inform the role it plays in the Ukraine. It is a stable policy that has a clear vision and clear principles that do not change. This is essential for playing a role in any crisis. And this is what we need in Syria. Why is not the Syrian crisis solved politically? Because those who are supposed to play that role, with the exception of Russia and Iran, are states which have no credibility. They say something and do something else. Double standards are a basic principle in Western policies. So, this is the most important element that President Lukashenko and the Belarus state have. In addition, we as a state have a strong and solid relationship with Belarus, since the days of the Soviet Union and after. And it is still there, despite all the pressures on your country and on Syria before the war. This relationship continued regardless of Western desires in this regard, and is based on common interests.''

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

''In this regard, President Lukashenko was a patriot, was truthful, and courageous. With all these attributes, I can say that Belarus can certainly play – beside Russia as a major player on the international arena concerning Syria – a vital and effective role. If Belarus has the desire, we strongly welcome any role it can play in the current war.''

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

''In my last visit to your country, a few months before the war, there were broad-ranging economic agreements between us. The war came and obstructed everything. But recently, and after meetings held by the joint Syrian-Belarus committee, and after a visit paid by the Belarus co-chair of the committee and his meeting with the Minister of Industry a few weeks ago, some aspects of that agreement were reactivated and a number of deals benefitting the two parties were agreed.''

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

''I do vividly remember my visit to the factory at that time, and we did hope to start producing that car in less than two years. That was delayed because of the war, but recently we reactivated that subject, and export will start in the next few months. The first shipment of car parts will be exported in order to be assembled in Syria. So, despite the difficult circumstances that Syria is going through, and despite the sanctions against Belarus, and as a result of our strong will, we have been able to reactivate these relations. And this is the beginning, of course. Many of the areas we talked about before the war can be reactivated despite the security conditions in Syria. We do not have to reactivate all areas, but we can do that with a significant part of the agreement. This is what we are trying to do now, and the wheel has started moving recently.''

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

 

"Of course, they should be similar, because the party planning and implementing these acts is the same. It is the United States as a maestro and the Western states constituting the choir. Latin America in general, and Venezuela in particular, used to be the backyard of the United States for decades. Through that backyard, Western states, particularly North America, or the United States, used to secure their economic interests through the influence of the big companies in your countries. Military or political coups in Latin America during the 1960s and the 1970s aimed at perpetuating American hegemony over the interests of your people. But Latin America freed itself during the past twenty years and gained its independent decision-making. Governments started defending the interests of their peoples, which is unacceptable to the United States. That’s why they are exploiting what’s happening in the world, starting with the orange revolution in Ukraine up to the recent coup there a few years ago, and what is taking place in the Arab countries, in Libya, Syria, Yemen and others, in order to implement it in Latin America. They started in Venezuela with the objective of overthrowing the national government, and it will spread over to other Latin American countries."

From President Assad's Venezuelan Telesur TV Interview, April 27, 2017.

"Let’s be very clear about their position, which is not to support the Syrian government or the Syrian president, because in the West they try to portray it as a personal problem, and as Russia and China and other countries and Iran support that person as president. It’s not the case. China is a member of the Security Council, and it’s committed to the Charter of the United Nations. In that veto, China has defended first of all the Charter, because the United Nations was created in order to restore stability around the world. Actually, the Western countries, especially the permanent members of the Council as a tool or means in order to change regimes or governments and to  implement their agenda, not to restore stability, and actually to create more instability around the world. So the second part is that China restored stability in the world by creating some kind of political balance within the United Nations, of course in cooperation with Russia, which is very important for the whole world. Of course, Syria was the headline, the main headline, this is good for Syria, but again it’s good for the rest of the world. Third, the same countries that wanted to use the UN Charter for their own vested interested are the same countries who interfered or tried to intervene in your country in the late 90s, and they used different headlines, human rights, and so on, and you know that, and if they had the chance, they would change every government in the world, whether big country or small country, just when this government tries to be a little bit independent. So, China protected the Chinese interests, Syrian interests, and the world interests, especially the small countries or the weak countries."

From President Assad's Chinese PHOENIX TV Interview, March 11, 2017

''So, they know what is the meaning of being independent or not to be independent. They understand that the war in Syria is about independence. But the most important thing is the role of Cuba. Cuba was the spearhead of the independence movement within Latin America and Fidel Castro was the iconic figure in that regard. So, on the political level and the knowledge level, there is a strong harmony between Syria and Latin America, especially Cuba. But I do not think we work enough to improve the other part of the relation; to be on the same level mainly on the educational and the economic level. That was my ambition before the crisis and that is why I visited Latin America, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentine and Brazil, in order to invigorate this relation. Then, we had this conflict started and it was a big obstacle to do anything in that regard, but I think that we have not to restrain the relation on the historical and the political levels. That is not enough. You have so many other sectors, people should know more about each other. The long distance could be an obstacle, but it shouldn’t because we have strong relations with the rest of the world, east and west. So, it is not an obstacle in these days. So, I think if we overcome this crisis and this war, we should work harder in order to invigorate the different sectors of this relation with Latin America and especially with Cuba.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Cuba’s Prensa Latina. July 21, 2016.

 

''But their problem is that they do not accept any independent country and I think this is same for Cuba. You never tried to do any harm to the American people but they do not accept you as an independent country. The same is true for other countries in Latin America and that’s why you always have coup d’états mainly between the sixties and the seventies.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Cuba’s Prensa Latina. July 21, 2016.

 

''So, the independence anywhere in the world, including Latin America, will support my independence. If I am alone, I will be weak. Supporting Syria will be mainly in the international arena. There are many international organizations, mainly the United Nation, in spite of its impotence, but at the end, their support could play a vital role in supporting Syria and, of course, the Security Council; it depends on who is going to be the temporary member in the Security Council, and any other organization supporting Syria will be very important.''

 

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Cuba’s Prensa Latina. July 21, 2016.

 

"We have natural relations with them, we have natural relations with Argentina, with Venezuela, with Cuba, with all those Latin countries we have normal relations. It hasn’t been affected by the crisis, and they understand more and more, and they support Syria more and more."

From President Assad's Interview with Spanish El Pais Newspaper, February 21, 2016.

"We recently had Syrian officials visiting China. Actually, the relation with China hasn’t deteriorated, and the communications didn’t stop. We still have embassy, and your ambassador is still active during the crisis, he never left. And the most important thing than these formal, let’s say, accessories, if you want to call it, actually the Chinese positions. China took four vetoes for the Syrian crisis, supporting the government, supporting the Syrian people, and supporting the international law, and let’s say the United Nations Charter. So, yes, the relation is very stable, let’s say, for decades now. Indeed, it wasn’t influenced by the crisis. But the most important thing to the Chinese people, now China is one of the greatest countries in this world, to be a great country doesn’t mean to have a great military and great economy; you need to have great values, and that’s what the Chinese have today. And when you talk about the Chinese government, Chinese politics, it normally reflects the values of the people, it’s not separated. So, the more role you have in the world, the more influence, the more weight, the greater you are as a country, the more responsibility you have towards the rest of the world, all the world. You have to regain the balance of the globe, and you have to support the values and the United Nations Charter. You have to rectify the moral decay of the Western policies that we’ve been paying the price of. So, we look toward what the Chinese people and the Chinese government will do for our world in the future, near future and after."

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Chinese PHOENIX” TV, November 22, 2015

 

"We have old relations with the former Soviet Union and later with Russia, for more than six decades now. They have never tried to impose anything on us throughout the history of this relation, particularly during this crisis. The dialogue between Russia an America is not about interfering in Syria, the dialogue is happening between two sides: one which believes in interference in other states’ affairs, i.e. America and the West, and the other seeks to prevent such an intervention, prevent hegemony and violation of Security Council’s resolutions and UN Charter, i.e. Russia, the BRICS countries and a large number of other countries. It is not true that this dialogue is about intervention. They are not discussing the nature of the political system in Syria, or the identity of the next president, or how to solve the problem of terrorism in Syria. They are discussing the principle of the independence of the Syrian people’s decisions. That is why I believe that this dialogue is in the interest of Syria and the interest of the peoples of the world. When there is a strong power with allies defending the independence of peoples, this is in the interest of all of us, in the interest of the sovereignty and independence, which we have been so proud of for decades."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

 

 

 ''Syria attaches great importance to economic cooperation of regional dimension binding the Middle East and the neighboring countries to Central Asia and Europe, through establishing a network of strategic interests whose one of its natural results would be to serve stability and prosperity for the peoples of these regions.''

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to France, (December 10, 2010

''We have a young generation bearing the two cultures working in Syria and Ukraine in various important positions. Added to that is the natural bridge between us, which is the standing economic relations which kept progressing despite the slow down over the past few years. Today we want to make up for what we missed during these years.''

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to Ukraine, (December 3, 2010)

 

''The topics we raised with President Yanukovych today, whether in terms of bilateral or international relations and the situations in the two regions, were constructive and integrated to a large extent. The most important topic is signing the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries which we foresee to be completed before the end of February at a date to be set later by the Syrian-Ukrainian Committee in this regard.''

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to Ukraine, (December 3, 2010) 

"This agreement will open the doors widely before the Syrian-Ukrainian relationship and at the same time will enhance relationship between the two regions. This is why we focused today in the first place on the transport issue, particularly sea and air transport, as it is the basis for developing the relationship,"

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to Ukraine, (December 3, 2010)

 

"Syria is witnessing a dynamic economic movement to build bridges of cooperation with the friendly countries in the world. Syria is working on a link process connecting it with geographically near and far countries through infrastructure networks in the fields of energy, oil and gas with the aim of creating an economic sphere for all these countries to expand the base of their common interests.''

From H.E's Statements during Indian President Devisingh Patil's Visit to Syria (November 27, 2010)

 "Since Bulgaria is a neighbour of Turkey, there must be integration between the infrastructure sectors in Syria, Turkey and Bulgariaa.''

 From H.E.'s Press Statements in Bulgaria, (November 9, 2010)

"We want to connect the Arab region with Southern and Eastern Europe through Turkey and Bulgaria,"

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Bulgaria, (November 9, 2010)

 'The talks with President Parvanov focused on setting a strong and solid strategy for bilateral relations to increase the trade volume between the two countries. The talks also focused on ways to connect Bulgaria's important location on the Black Sea with Syria's important location on the Mediterranean and linking the two regions.''

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Bulgaria, (November 9, 2010) 

''The Syrian-Cypriot relations are built on common interests, friendship and the reciprocal support of national causes. The relations with Cyprus exist since the Phoenician Era and they were further enhanced after the independence, particularly during the reign of leaders Makarios and Hafez Al-Assad. ''

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Cyprus, (November 4, 2010)

  "Our joint determination to develop economic relations necessitates that we invest the natural advantages we have in terms of our unique position in order to deepen cooperation relations between us through establishing joint economic projects and providing more facilitations to the businessmen in our two countries,"

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Cyprus, (November 4, 2010) 

'' Our focus is always on neighboring countries. When we have started with Turkey, we started because it is a neighboring country, and we are improving our relations with Iraq though of the crisis which happened last year. Our aim is to have good relations withy neighboring countries. The same goes with Lebanon and with Jordan, with whom our relations were cool years ago; and today they are warm. We first want the close ring, with whom relations have to be good; there is no interest in any problem with it. The next phase is when we talk about the Five Seas: all aren’t neighboring countries: Armenia and Azerbaijan are Turkey's neighbors, Cyprus naturally is on our borders, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine are located on the Black Sea. We, through this regional vision, have to build our relations.'

From H.E.'s Al-Hayat Daily Interview, (October 27, 2010)

  "Syria's relations with Venezuela consolidate its ties with South America and vice versa,"

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez, (October 21, 2010)

 "We have concentrated our talks on the bilateral relations… we have signed cooperation agreements in the fields of oil, tourism and the route between Damascus and Caracas… we have talked about the Arab-Latin American Summit that will be held in Peru in the coming February and the necessity of preparing for this summit,"

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez, (October 21, 2010)

  ''For the relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean to succeed, it is not enough to view the transformations taking place in that region from afar, or through the governments which definitely express the aspirations of the Latin American peoples through more independence and freedom from hegemony, but through blocs that started to spread in Latin America, one of which is ALBA organization, which represents a particular political trend, or a bloc of a number of countries bound, in addition to economy, by a certain political approach.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez, (October 21, 2010)

 "Syria shares Venezuela's rejection of any intervention in the internal affairs of our countries and regions as well as the other neighboring and surrounding countries."

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez, (October 21, 2010) 

''Syria's joining the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) as a guest member will help bolster the relationship regionally…and signing the regional alliance today is inseparable from our relations with Venezuela,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez, (October 21, 2010)

 ''The relations between Syria and Belorussia have always been characterized with reciprocal respect and support,"

From H.E.'s Statements in Belarus  (July 26, 2010)

 "We, in our region, have expanded our relations in an excellent way with the neighbouring States and started to build an infrastructure conducive to the political relations, as far as electricity, oil, gas, and transport are concerned, not to mention that the Syrian Businessmen have started to move with this network of relations,''

From H.E.'s Statements in Belarus  (July 26, 2010)  

"If we want to think in an ideal way, we could say that there should be international organizations that sponsor interests among the states and work to find right relations and connect these interests between the countries and peoples, but realistically we don't see this issue is applicable in the near scope."

From H.E.'s Statements in Belarus  (July 26, 2010)

"We have to improve our relations with each other as states, and this is what has been done between Syria and Belarus in our regions. Belarus improves its relations with the neighbouring countries and establishes strong joint interests; and when we consolidate this relation between Syria and Belarus, sure this will be reflected on the relation between the two regions."

From H.E.'s Statements in Belarus  (July 26, 2010)

"We want this tour of Latin America to build relations among independent countries which are Syria, Argentina, Brazil and other countries in the South. We have a true human bridge, and we must consider how to benefit from you as a community to bolster relations between Latin America and Syria."

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

''Syria seeks to develop cooperation with many countries in the world, whether the distant or near countries…What makes Syria cooperate with a far continent is this independence in the political decision in addition to the just stances adopted by those countries away from any intentions in hegemony or occupation, among them Argentina."

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

"Syria should be part of the world's dynamism. So the relations with great countries like Brazil or the Mercosur countries or the South American countries are important despite the big distance separating the two regions. This distance is considered an obstacle but with the presence of this community, it is a merit as the community can serve as a linkage between the two regions through its role in this regard.''

 From H.E.'s Speech to the Syrian Community in Brazil, (July 1, 2010)

"Coordinating Arab-Latin American efforts in the next stage will help find solutions to our problems and causes, depending on objective vision and far away from delusion and fabricated lies. It is just as what happened in Iraq war and as others' attempts to repeat the same scenario regarding many international issues."

From H.E.'s Statements in Brazil (June 30, 2010) 

''The Syrian-Brazilian relations are historic, dating back to the 19th century when the Syrian immigrants established them. They were loyal to the country which hosted them and interacted with its people without relinquishing the heritage of their nation. The historic relations between the two countries are a motive to develop economic and political relations''.

From H.E.'s Statements in Brazil (June 30, 2010)

''We have to expand our economic interests, especially under the international economic crisis, and with the rising of Latin America Countries, the opportunity would be more ripe to bolster these relations.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez of Venezuela  (June 26, 2010)

“Syria, Iran, Turkey. But also Russia. These are all countries that are linking themselves to one another, even physically, through gas and oil pipelines, railways, roadways, systems for transporting electricity. One large perimeter links five seas: the Mediterranean, the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea, the Arab Gulf and the Red Sea. We are talking about the center of the world. From South to North and from East to West, any one who wants to move has to cross this region. That is why this region has been plagued by wars for thousands of years”.

From H.E.'s La Repubblica Interview (May 24, 2010) 

“There must be a good relationship between us as neighboring countries. That is the lesson we draw from history: what did 80 years of conflicts with Turkey bring us? They led to nothing. Instead, look at the results today. If it weren’t for this new relationship between Syria, Iran and Turkey, what situation would Iraq find itself in? What about the region more generally? It would be much worse than it is today.”

From H.E.'s La Repubblica Interview (May 24, 2010)

''We have today a big number of joint Syrian-Russian families; some of which live in our country and some others live in Russia. These families create a natural bridge as to rely on in the development of our relations in the future,''

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

''International relations are not built on confidence, but personal relations are, which are later built on institutional work, systems, laws, mechanisms and others, and then the solution is abiding by Non-Proliferation agreements and all other details and initiatives will lead nowhere or any solution.''

 From H.E.'s Press Conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H.E. President Gul, (May 8, 2010)

"These bonds make potentials of cooperation and rapprochement between the two countries- Syria and Armenia- without limits. These potentials must be invested through opening new horizons to reach highest level of economic, trade and cultural cooperation,"

From H.E.'s Press Dinner Speech in honor of the Armenian President, (March 22, 2010)

"Syria and Armenia live in an important geopolitical region that big international interests meet and intertwined. This requires that the two countries cooperate and coordinate and agree on details and strategies,"

From H.E.'s Press Dinner Speech in honor of the Armenian President, (March 22, 2010) 

''Our meeting with our Italian friends is an extension for  the interaction, continued for centuries between the two cultures of our two regions, with all what this interaction has produced of civilization contributions on the Mediterranean shores,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with the Italian President, (March 18, 2010)

'' We have conducted transparent and deep talks, in which climate of intimacy and respect prevailed; caring through the talks, as to upgrade the level of bilateral relations, in all fields: political, economic, cultural and social, in line with our rich historic relations,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with the Italian President, (March 18, 2010) 

 

 ''With Nicolas Sarkozy, we wished to base our relationship on frankness and transparency. We have built a climate of confidence between us, between France and Syria. Together, we can play a positive and constructive role on questions that concern us in international situations, at least in the Middle East.''

From His Excellency's France 2 TV Interview, (November 15, 2009) 

“Let’s not hurry. Let’s go step by step. Let’s take one step and stop to look at the result, and then take another step. Let us look if two separate small economies or one large economy is better. This is what we want to do. Let’s think of  Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Turkey. We want to create a joint economic region, make joint giant projects. We are calculating how we can connect the Red Sea to Europe and the Mediterranean. The prosperity of those four economies working together is apparent. We are building a joint future.” 

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish 'Hurriyet' Daily, (November 8, 2009)

 ''We can never be transformed into producing States, if we are not to possess the necessary knowledge and science, as to create the invention, which forms the door for prosperity. Economic development can not only be achieved through joint ventures and trade exchange, with all due respect to their importance; but rather through Scientific Research, which is the base for the economies of the developed countries,''

From His Excellency's Speech at COMCEC Istanbul Summit, (November 9, 2009) 

''As much as economy is linked to knowledge, as much as it is linked to politics; what does it worth to talk about prosperity before a Man who does not know security, and whose life is at permanent risk? And how would it be possible to achieve the prosperity in our region amid the hotbeds of explosions destroying every hope in near solutions, generating but pain and frustrations to our people. Our relations with the rest of the world countries can never replace the developed relations among us, giving us the more of immunity amid the increasing world competitions, and the ongoing bids to extend hegemony over the economic decisions of the developing countries, exerting pressure on the developing countries as to keep them merely consuming unproductive countries, as the markets for   others' productions.''

From His Excellency's Speech at COMCEC Istanbul Summit, (November 9, 2009)

''The priority for Syria in her relations with Europe is to the standing and continued cooperation, and not for the Association Agreement (AA), which has a legal and technical aspect in need for discussion and big improvement. Syria, in line with her National Interest, is to re-study the said (AA) as to define her demands to be re-submitted anew to the European Side,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during His Visit to Croatia, (October 28-29, 2009)   

''Nothing is worst than signing an agreement which does not serve the interest of the country and our interests. A solution for a few years crisis should in way be at the expense of 200 years to come,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during His Visit to Croatia, (October 28-29, 2009)

''We have conducted profound and transparent talks, as to lay down solid strategic bases for our bilateral economic and political relations,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with the Croatian President, (October 28, 2009) 

''The priority is to strengthen relations with regional countries, especially with Arab Countries and the neighbouring countries like Turkey. The realization of Mideast Peace is also our priority, establishing relations with the countries interested in the realization of this Peace. As long as Europe is interested in peace, this is also my priority. The same is for the United States, though far from Syria, has a big role, we can not achieve the peace without the participation of the United States, at the end, there is the need for the United States. The priorities are in parallel with the issues; the priority of the relation is in parallel with the priority of these issues; we have the priority as to achieving peace, the priority of fighting extremism, terrorism, of improving economic situation of the people. We have poverty in this region,''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with the Finnish President, (October 22, 2009)

''The first spark began when Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer visited Damascus. Later, Mr. Abdullah Gül came to Damascus in his capacity as prime minister. This was followed by my visit to Turkey in 2004. Naturally, political relations between the two countries can develop more rapidly, while developing economic relations can take some more time. Bureaucracy cannot inhibit the development of political relations because there is a strong political will behind it. But, it takes time until this will is reflected in the economy. Do not forget that the Turkey-Syria friendship initiative has a very short history. Naturally, businessmen want initiatives to be implemented quickly. But this is all we can do. The İstanbul Stock Exchange [İMKB] opened in 1980. As for us, we were able to open a stock exchange just this year. Private banks have been operating in Turkey for 50 years, but in Syria they've only been able to start operating in recent years. Despite this, many Turkish companies operate here. There are factories set up by Turks.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009) 

''Unfortunately, we encounter problems even in privatization tenders from time to time. When there is non-compliance in tender criteria, problems arise. But my advice to businessmen would be to make assessments that are not solely based on the current situation. They should use foresight when making investments. A businessman who takes steps to invest in our country today should know that he will be in a more advantageous position in the coming period. If he waits too long, others will take this position. I am very optimistic about this issue. We achieved a trade volume between Turkey and Syria that exceeds $2 billion in a very short period of time. Our current target is to make it $5 billion. I think we are on a good path. We are moving fast, but perhaps we need to move much faster.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009)

''Our discussions were fully free, based on the national interests of our two countries, which reflect the National interests of our People, meet with, and match the National Interests of other States, Syria, and of Latin America. My meeting with President Chavez has been characterized with clarity, transparency, based on political clarity, rather than on the political hypocrisy prevailing now in the world. The dialogue has been based on just and precise criteria, rather than on the double standards prevailing today in the world,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during the Visit of H. E. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to Syria, (September 3, 2009) 

''What binds Syria and Cyprus is the long history of fruitful interaction and communication, considering their geographic closeness and similarity in their habits and traditions, forming a bridge across the Mediterranean,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during the Visit of President Demetris Christofias of Cyprus to Syria, (August 31, 2009)

''We have held positive talks, characterized with the feelings of friendship, affection, respect, and with keenness on continued cooperation, pushing our bilateral relations forward politically, economically, culturally, and socially, in demonstration of the joint historic relations binding Syria and Cyprus, as well as the People of both countries,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during the Visit of President Demetris Christofias of Cyprus to Syria, (August 31, 2009)  

''We have held a bilateral session of talks, and an enlarged one; during both of which the issue of the standing bilateral relations, which reflect the depth of the understanding of both countries as far as different joint causes, was touched upon. The relations of bilateral cooperation in the economy, tourism, and culture fields were also dealt with. We reviewed the agreements to be signed during this visit, the possibility of the opening of new cooperation prospects in the interest of the future of both friendly people in scores of fields, considering the important strategic location of Syria and Cyprus on the Mediterranean, which enables them to play a distinguished role as far as the economic and commerce cooperation between the European Union and the Middle East region,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during the Visit of President Demetris Christofias of Cyprus to Syria, (August 31, 2009)

“What binds Syria and Azerbaijan is an extension of history, civilization, and culture; this visit is to build on what has been founded by our fathers and grandfathers at the service of our two People, countries, and region countries; so that they would have the blessing of security, peace and stability. The visit, further, underlines the necessity for our political decision independence, coordination and cooperation, and as to outline a vision in the interest of our common causes,”

From His Excellency’s Azerbaijan visit Press Statements, (July 8, 2009) 

“My first visit to Azerbaijan comes as to lay a solid far-sighted and firm base for the bilateral relations between Syria and Azerbaijan including all levels. Scores of Accords were signed including all political, trade, customs, finance, industry, information, education, higher education fields and many other fields, not to mention the signed memos. This visit opens the door wide between Syria and Azerbaijan: the Private Sector and other sectors of the Syrian and Azerbaijani Societies.”

From His Excellency’s Azerbaijan visit Press Statements, (July 8, 2009)

“Another living example for the historic relationship between Syria and Azerbaijan is the presence of the great Azerbaijani Poet, Al-Nassimi, who came to Syria about six centuries ago, and brought with him his poetry, philosophy, and science, and died in Syria. There is an Accord between the Syrian and Azerbaijani Governments to reconstruct and rehabilitate the Monument of Al-Nassimi in Aleppo.”

From His Excellency’s Azerbaijan visit Press Statements, (July 8, 2009) 

“Both people had passed through difficult historic stages in past centuries, leading them to meet, a genuine meeting represented through the Syrians of Armenian origin living in Syria as Syrian Citizens with excellence since they came to Syria and got mingled to and integrated to her culture, habits, people without renouncing their mother culture, history, or causes, creating a unique special example for interblending among cultures in every place of the world, adding to the rich cultural diversity present in the Syria the more of richness.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Armenia Visit, (June 17, 2009)

“Such a cultural integration without being melted is the answer for what is being circulated of ideas, ideologies and racial practices, which paved the way for the emergence of the beginnings of conflict among civilizations, cultures, religions and nations, leading to the destabilization of world  peace and security in many world zones, especially in the regions of the Middle East, Caucasus, and Asia.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Armenia Visit, (June 17, 2009) 

“The policy of war and using force in order to achieve political objectives brought nothing but harm to everyone that adopted this policy or contributed to it, let alone those who have been its victims.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009) 

“If many people, throughout the world, have become certain that this policy has reached a dead end, and have become convinced of the importance of starting a new era based on principles of cooperation in order to face global problems, this is not sufficient for us to be assured about the future, as long as there are parties which have not been able to learn from the lessons of the distant or recent past. Those parties still bet on the possibility of continuing to resort to force, occupation, and the usurpation of rights and the suppression of peoples.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

“We have to profit by the characteristics of Syria and Turkey: we are two important countries from the strategic point, with a big political role. It is right that economy supports politics; it is further right that the politics brings the economy, especially when the stability, with its security and social meanings, exists; this is available for us and for Turkey. Syria and Turkey are an important passage fro Asia, Europe, and for the Arab World in the fields of transport, energy, and in other different fields.  And we have to use this issue as to achieve integration. The integration does not mean the absence of competition; the competition would remain. The big title is, however, the integration between the Syrian position and the Turkish position; that is to expand this space,”

 From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 16, 2009)  

“The first thing to do is to translate our signed Memorandum of Understandings into Accords, when the free-trade agreement would yield the required results. The cooperation exists between Turkey and Iraq; there is the beginning of relation development between Turkey and Syria and between Turkey and Iran. There is a new relation being developed between Syria and Iraq; and there is a strong elation too between Syria and Iran.  Once the economic space among Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran gets integrated, we would link among the Mediterranean, Caspian, Black Sea, and Gulf. The most remarkable accomplishment of the Syrian Premier recent visit to Iraq was the link between Um Qasser Port in Iraq on the Gulf and the Syrian ports, being the shortest distance between the Mediterranean and the Gulf. Further, we have railways towards Iraq, which were enhanced at the beginning of this decade; thus, we could be integrated in this field, once we link the said four seas, and become thus the obligatory crossing points for this world, as far as investment, transport and other things.”

 From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 16, 2009) 

“The Slovak experience could be made use of especially as far as the Slovak Economy turn from dependence on agriculture to economy resources variety. Syria is an agricultural country with a status similar to Slovakia; thus the Slovak agricultural experience could be made use of,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Slovakia visit, (April 29, 2009) 

“Visiting Slovakia is an opportunity to follow up talks with President Gasparovic, especially in light of the grand changes of international circumstances. The talks dealt with bilateral relations, especially as far as the economic field, and with the situation in the Middle East,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Slovakia visit, (April 29, 2009) 

“Austria supports the process of peace. Peace gives work opportunities, realizes prosperity. Development also helps the realization of peace alleviating tensions and causes of wars contributing to the combating of extremism. Let us employ the economy for the policy, realization of the peace, and for the fostering of the dialogue. The Economy is a dialogue; he who makes dialogue is the one reaching to the awareness enabling the capabilities to be translated into opportunities,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 28, 2009)

“The relation between Austria and Syria has always been very good because of the objective position of the Austrian politics, generally, through different governments, not related to one government. But for me as President I can judge it more through these six years after 2003 because it was the most difficult six years in the history of our region and in the history of the relation between Syria and Europe, and between our region and Europe and the West in general. The relation with Austria was the most stable, and her objective stance were very stable; I mean it was not fluctuating in the circumstances. This is very important in politics. This means this is the one who can play a role and people can trust in our region especially after having a lot of accumulations in the hearts and minds that make people not to trust anyone in the West. This is reality. So, that is not the case for Austria because of its sustainable position.”

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

“For the political aspects of the visit: Austria can play a very important role if it has the will. Of course, the other aspect is the economic role, but we need to strengthen these economic relations. The third aspect is political plus economic, the relation with Europe and the association itself. My previous visit to France last summer was about the Union for the Mediterranean. But this time it is bilateral visit, my visit to France was not bilateral, this one is and it is the first after many years, after Italy in 2002. We would like to understand more about the future of Europe and what the Europeans want. So I am going to Austria as Austria and I am going to Austria as a member of the EU to know more.”

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

"Japan has a very vital role in development in Syria. But we would like to see more of a Japanese role in the peace issue."

 From His Excellency the Japanese Asahi Shimbun Newspaper Interview, (March 12, 2009)


 “The relations between Syria and Romania are historic with more than 5 decades off history. These relations have ever been characterized with close and deep friendship, as well as with reciprocal respect. The visit of President Basescu to Syria today comes within the frame of renewal of the old relations pushing them forward, especially during the particular conditions in which the world in general and the Middle East in particular witness at the political and economic levels and their consequences. Such new conditions, which influence the entire world with no exception, deem necessary the more of consultations and the more of cooperation in different fields, especially as far as the political and economic ones.”

 From His Excellency joint press conference with President Basescu of Romania (October 20, 2008) 

 “We have discussed bilateral relations between both countries- Syria and Romania- and what are the needed for agreements as to get signed so that the door would be opened before the more of cooperation between Syria and Romania. It was agreed that the Syrian-Romanian Joint Committee would as soon as possible meet for the discussion of the details of these agreements and consequent measures for this cooperation,”

 From His Excellency joint press conference with President Basescu of Romania (October 20, 2008)

 “First of all, relations between Turkey and Iran are developing in a permanent and positive way. The role of the two states is not based on a confessional or religious position, but on the political and geographical position of the state. As for asking why relations between Syria and Turkey have developed, the reply is clear. The two states became aware that their situation had deteriorated when they served as fuel for international conflicts in the Middle East. When we decided to be masters of our own decisions in order to better serve and defend our common interests, everything changed. From another standpoint, I should point out the credibility of the Turkish state and government. All its institutions generally have acted in a friendly manner and at no time promised one thing and done the opposite. Syria for its part takes the same course of action towards them. The credibility of the Turkish president and prime minister has led to this neighborly and friendly relationship.”

 From His Excellency Monday Morning Interview, (September 30, 2008)

 “Regarding our relations with Iran, it is an important country, but our relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in no way signify that we conduct our relations with it at the expense of Arab states. We have not exchanged Arab states for Iran, and we don’t consider it in this light. Our relations with Turkey are very strong, and this helps stability in the region, not the reverse. What is the benefit for Arab states of a negative relationship with Turkey over eight decades? We have all lost out. When relations are better there is gain for everybody. The same applies to Iran. We should establish excellent relations with all neighboring countries. We Arabs do not dialogue much. Relations can be good at the level of the summit, but not on other levels. We in Syria have no barriers in our relations with Arab states. We are open to all initiatives. I was in touch with President Hosni Mubarak some weeks ago to present my condolences following the landslide accident in which there were victims. Let’s be frank: relations, which are supposed to be good, do not now exist with Egypt as they should. We have no problems with them.”

 From His Excellency Monday Morning Interview, (September 30, 2008)

  “In regard to Syria’s position towards Russia, I recall that Russia has always stood beside us. It was therefore natural that we should stand beside it in the first crisis confronting it. Most of the countries allied to the United States have said that this war was, directly or indirectly, provoked by America. Can one imagine that Georgia would unleash a war against Russia of its own accord? This is something that requires no analysis. That is why we opposed this war, and it was natural that we should be against the side which started it. This corresponds to our principles. In regard to our relations with Russia, they were warm and they have become more so. As for weapons, they are the object of contracts concluded between us and Russia. It is natural that during our visit, we should have raised military questions and the means of reactivating cooperation between us, especially since Russia has become independent since the accession of President Putin to power. Russia continues on the same path, and it will reinforce its historic relationships with its old allies.”

 From His Excellency Monday Morning Interview, (September 30, 2008)

  “The Syrian Iranian relations are very strong and solid. The strategic relations binding Syria and Iran have not been created through the agreement following the Iranian Revolution between President Hafez Al-Assad- may his soul rest in peace- and Imam Khomeini; these relations have been established as a result for objective things and in accumulations for these relations leading to the establishment of the standing strategic relation between both countries. The Revolution in Iran announced at the outset its stand by the Palestinian Cause, contrary to the Iranian previous stance, which had strong relations with Israel; a stance perhaps closer to the Israelis more than to the Arabs, the natural neighbors for Iran,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008) 

“Iran has always supported the Palestinian Cause, Arab Right, and the Syrian Rights; has stood against the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians, Lebanese and against the Syrians,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

 

“We do not belong to those states which build temporary, transitional or circumstantial relations. We do have our principles, and interests; thus the factors binding Syria and Iran are increased and more solid day by day,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

 “We have no interest in a cold war. Our interest is the presence of an international balance; we have suffered the consequences of a one-poled presence, represented by the USA; Russia now suffers and even Western Europe, an ally of the USA, has suffered the presence of this one-pole, and has lost in many posts of the world. The entire world, or the most of the world, has the interest of having two poles,”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008) 

 “We have talked of the issue of the Iranian nuclear topic; our viewpoint has ever been the solution through peaceful means,”

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008)

 “We do not want another international conflict field. We do support  President Sarkozy’s initiative through his direct relation with President Medvedev of Russia, hoping that it would lead to the achievement of tranquility and to restoration of peace to the Caucasus region. We also support the initiative of Turkey pertaining to the dialogue in the Caucasus,”

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008)

 “The issue of Darfur was among the important points; there has been a desire by all of us as to witness a solution for this problem soon,”

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008) 

 “We, in Syria, are very keen on the historic and strategic relations between Syria and Russia- Former Soviet Union- , which have always worked for security, and peace in the world,”

 From His Excellency Statements in Russia  (August 20-21, 2008) 

“Iran has the right to possess nuclear technology for peaceful purpose; and Iran has never opted out from the International accords in this regard. We have never witnessed any Iranian military activity to this effect”

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

“India has always played its role in the interest of the Arab Right. All today speak of India’s emerging role in the field of development as a country which can provide its experience to the developing countries.” “Syria regards India as a very basic player in Asia as well as in the world. It is not possible to separate the problem in the Middle East from the problems facing the entire world; they are problems related to freedom, stability, security, and sovereignty.”

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

“Now we are talking about a different India. We are talking about the rise of India. With the rise of India and China we have a different Asia and a different world. We have, let us say, more hopes than we had in the past. Maybe the policies of India at that time were different as part of the non-aligned movement. At that time we used to look at India as a closer country, but now we see it a big country, an important country; so we have different hopes but in the same way. So, the question is what role can India play in the world, especially regarding our issues, like the peace issue, the Iraq and Palestine issues and all these problems. How we can cooperate on them. So, this is about politics. India and China should play a role with other countries in making a balance that we have missed for more than 18 years now. It is almost 20 years, because this happened in the late 1980s, even before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.”

From His Excellency Indian Daily, the Hindu Interview (June 12th, 2008) 

“Yes, because it has two aspects: the first aspect if you are interested, you can play a direct role between the two sides, Syria and Israel, and the Palestinians and Israel. That will make the region more stable, and that will affect India itself in the long run and the world at large, especially Asia. Second, it's about the role that you can play through your weight or your position as India, a big country, in making dialogue with other powers of the world, that is the United States then Europe, your region. How can you help the Middle East become more stable; because you are going to be affected by our problems anyway, and you are already affected I think. What is happening in Indonesia cannot be separated from what is happening in Palestine, for example, especially in the Muslim world. So that is how we see the Indian role from the political point of view. “

From His Excellency Indian Daily, the Hindu Interview (June 12th, 2008) 

“Everybody knows about the huge development that you have in India, especially in the IT field. I am interested in this because I was head of the Syrian Computer Society which is a Syrian NGO before I became President. And I think that developing countries cannot achieve much in the field of hardware, but they can achieve a lot in software because it is about the brains and we have the brains. We just need to provide the appropriate environment to develop, and this is where India can help. Third, it is about bilateral relations, about investment, how we can attract Indian investment based on the stability in Syria despite the different circumstances based on the geo-political position and the geographical position on the Mediterranean and among the Arab countries. So this is what we hope from the visit. Mainly, according to our circumstances, the reason is political.”

From His Excellency Indian Daily, the Hindu Interview (June 12th, 2008) 

"Iran is a regional neighbor, and if we disagree with it, we should start a dialogue. What Syria is doing is helping this dialogue,"

From His Excellency Statements during His UAE Visit (June 3rd, 2008) 

“Iran now is a big and important State, whether we like it or not. Iran is a State present in the region and not a newly-born one; it has a civilization, close to the Arab civilization as far as  depth in this region; it has periods of conflicts and accord; but at the same time the Iranians have been standing with us in the Islamic State and etc. They are part of this texture. It is impossible to have a country like Iran as an enemy with which our interests differ and to have Israel as not the enemy. It is impossible to have Iran as the problem in Iraq , while the United States is the solution in Iraq.”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Qatari ‘Al-Wtan’ Daily  (April 27th 2008) 

“All of the mentioned deem it necessary for us  as to build the best of relations with neighbouring countries with which we have historic links and joint interests as to realize stability in our region, find  solutions for standing problems, reiterating the necessity for sorting out whatever emerging problems among us through direct dialogue and continued communication, which guarantee to eliminate the causes of differences and end concern regarding intentions. “

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

 

  “The distinguished standing relations of friendship and cooperation between Syria and Turkey stem from a joint will and basic foundations of credibility and transparency on the basis of reciprocal respect , joint interests bolstered by the cooperation agreements covering all fields.”

From H. E. Press Statements in Turkey  ( October 17, 2007) 

"The US may take a fool action, if we were to think logically. Such an action is to be harmful for the region and the world. We have to remain ever alert for any reckless action by the US, or by Israel against Iran , Syria, Lebanon, or against any other state….The problem for the world will be far more bigger than that of the Iraqi invasion considering the strategic position of Iran and its power. The situation would be very difficult for the US, its consequences would cover all the world in general. If the war were to begin, how is it to conclude; nobody knows! But we will be the first to pay the price: the Arab countries, especially the Arab Gulf region which is to pay a very high price for such an action…. We are all targeted, no country in the Arab World is not to be the price for the explosion to happen."

From H. E. ’s Al Shirouq Daily Interview  ( October 11, 2007

 “The far-sighted vision of the Syrian-Iranian policy have proved more than ever its correctness. The climate of satisfaction, optimism, and confidence is the common denominator characterizing all of the discussed issues,  imposed by the persistent conspiracies against the Middle East,”

 From H. E. Statements in a joint press conference with the visiting  Iranian counterpart, (July, 19, 2007)

 

“As for Iran , it is a country that has existed in the region from early history , but the Arabs who are absent from the political arena whether in the decision making or in shaping the future of the region.”

From HE’s Dubai TV Interview, (August 24, 2006)

 “Syria is a secular country and has no problem in cooperating with Iran and the Iranians have no problem in dealing with a pan-Arab state. If one looks to what is happening in Iraq , he will see that the western powers which are propagating secularism , are working to consolidate the non-religious  radical current in the Arab world.”

From HE’s Dubai TV Interview, (August 24, 2006) 

“If Iran is feared because of her nuclear project, Iran says that it wants the nuclear project for peaceful means , a right guaranteed by international law. There is nothing to fear from Iran.”

From HE’s Dubai TV Interview, (August 24, 2006) 

“We might wonder what motivates some officials in these countries to send messages and make statements concerning an ill prisoner.  They are so concerned for the medical condition of this prisoner.  What nobility!  What humanity!  What greatness!  We might ask as well, where are these same officials concerning the massacres perpetrated in Lebanon?  All those women, children and elderly people, and all this destruction and we have not heard anything from them, no messages, no protests, with the exception of some timid statements.  I say that this has struck at the heart of their credibility.  This means that there are other objectives for these messages.  We know these objectives, but things have now become very clear.  We might also ask that French official with burning enthusiasm, particularly concerning Syria, is he going to call for an international investigation committee to investigate the massacre of Qana, not to mention the other massacres, as he called for an investigation into the assassination of prime minister Hariri?  Is the reason here that in the first case the suspect was Syria, and this is sufficient motive and justification, and in the second the suspect is Israel, and nothing should be done.  Or is it that the children of Qana and other poor people do not deserve this official’s attention?”

From HE’s Speech before the Journalists 4th Conference, (August 15, 2006) 

"As usual, the only outlet for them is the Security Council which the USA has transformed from a council to preserve security into one that destroys it by issuing a resolution that responds to the demands of Israel and saves it from its predicament at the expense of Lebanon, paving the way for further division and instability.  If we go back to the Security Council resolutions issued in the past two years, i.e. resolutions 1559, 1860 and 1701, and those concerning Darfur for instance, among other resolutions, we would completely comprehend where the Security Council is heading to. It is heading towards interfering in the domestic affairs of member countries and creating turbulence. Some people say the Security Council is impotent, and this is not true. The Security Council was impotent when there was an international balance. Had the Security Council been impotent at present, the United States would not have relied on it to harm different places around the world. The truth is that the rest of the world, or perhaps most of it, has become impotent before the Security Council. We used to say “the international community”. The international community is a group of countries, some of which are members of the Security Council, and some are their allies outside the Security Council. They fight us with or without the Security Council resolutions, which means they will fight us anyway. Yet the Security Council resolutions give them more freedom to move in this fight. On the other hand, our weakness lies in the fact that when we speak of the Security Council -some people in the Arab World and in the world at large say this is a Security Council resolution, or this is what the Security Council wants- as if it were a council with a divine power, or as if its resolutions were sacred or revealed by God, and indeed this is dangerous.  “

From HE’s Speech before the Journalists 4th Conference, (August 15, 2006)

 " Iran is an important state in the region and its role is necessary for the region's security, in integration with the Arab role and not as an alternative,"

From HE’s Al Hayat Newspaper Interview, (June 26, 2006) 

"I frankly said that some are talking negatively about an Iranian role…The only solution is through creating an effective Arab role, so let us, on the Arab level, move in the Iraqi direction because it poses the main axis for talking about the Iranian role."

From HE’s Al Hayat Newspaper Interview, (June 26, 2006) 

"Syria's policy also seeks to expand its relations with different countries which are important through its permanent membership at the Security Council…but we also expand our relations with Asian countries in general and with Latin America. These relations are important now under the international conditions in which America unilaterally leads the world."

From HE’s Al Hayat Newspaper Interview, (June 26, 2006)

 “We all follow up the current events…all of us recognize these events and the surrounding circumstances as well as their direct and indirect consequences are not the product of today but rather date back to past decades…but they have intensified in recent years…where the Arab people paid a dear price because of serious Western political projects which are strange to this region…They paid the debts of others from their own blood and their stability without having any interest or role in what is going on. And while we thought that the political changes in the 1990’s would lead to finding reasonable solutions to the chronic problems in our region as promised by the New World Order and its dreams, we found out that these problems had become more complicated and more confused…all pledges were only illusions or daydreams…We call this the New World Disorder…it’s only a name but the real content is the new world disorder because there is no order at all. At the same time new problems, not less dangerous than those previous, had emerged…they had rather been accumulated with them or resulted from them…new spots of tension, not less than the previous in terms of heat and inflammability, had came to light and their consequences started to spread everywhere, causing problems to our Arab people…”

From HE’s Arab Lawyers Speech, (January 21, 2006) 

“Of course the international community is silent in such cases…when it comes to a simple statement that disturbs Israel a little bit …here the international community turns into an active and influential society with a tongue to speak and some times this tongue become fierce …but when it comes to a statement by an Israeli rabbi accusing the Arabs of being serpents that must be eliminated … or when US Congress says that there is an Arab country which must be pond with a nuclear weapon to eliminate …then this society keeps silent.”

From HE’s Arab Lawyers Speech, (January 21, 2006)

 “They want to turn the peoples and the world into a set of computers in which they insert information and operation systems and program them in their own way to use as they like whenever they want for their own interests. And when we agree on this, then we are described as nationalist, wise, realistic and democrats, otherwise, we are either terrorist or terrorism sponsors… and this terrorism has names that change with the circumstances and interests… we call this real fashion. We used to hear for decades about Palestinian terrorism then they began to talk about Lebanese terrorism during the civil war in Lebanon…today they are talking about Islamic terrorism…don’t be astonished if they put soon a new idiom called sovereign terrorism which is now actually being applied to countries which seek to establish its sovereignty.”

From HE’s Arab Lawyers Speech, (January 21, 2006)

 

“There is a conviction by all the Turkish institutions and strata, there is no exaggeration, of the importance of relationship with Syria. This is one thing. The other thing is that there is a conviction by Turkey and many countries in the world of the unjustness of what is happening with Syria these days, and that these pressures have political objectives and have nothing to do with the headlines being raised. I can say that the relationship with Turkey is moving in all the economic and political fields, security coordination, and the natural and historical social relations are also developing and becoming stronger with time. “

From HE’s Turkish TV Interview, (December 28, 2005)

 “I do not know what they mean by greater or smaller Mideast. What concerns us is whether any proposals contradict our interests or not. When I criticize a terminology, I do so because it comes from abroad. We are the party in the ME which has to define the terminology. It is our main concern to decide whether we call ourselves a greater, smaller or medium ME. What is important is that the content of the terminology should not contradict with our interests, our normal historic relations and our culture. As an accumulation of history, when culture is encroached upon, negative consequences will destabilize the region. Culture can not be separate from other elements."

From HE’s Turkish TV Interview, (December 28, 2005) 

"Irrespective of the intention of those who propose such terminology, I think no one outside our region understands our interests more than we do. Proposals must be made by states of the region. In other words, and with respect to views of others, we can not make research centers decide our future. Our history, our interests and our direct relations as states of the region decide. “

From HE’s Turkish TV Interview, (December 28, 2005)

 “Of course, this economic relationship, even in the field of oil, did not start this decade. It has been there for a long time, but the fact is that what strengthened economic relations between Syria and Russia, in addition to the political relations, is the successful visit which I made to Moscow at the beginning of this year. One of the most important points during that visit was finding a solution to the problem of debt between the two countries that remained unsolved for long decades. Solving this problem opened the doors for economic cooperation in many areas. Signing this contract comes as part of this cooperation. This does not mean that the political relationship does not reflect positively and negatively on any economic relationship between Syria and Russia or between Syria and other countries.  “

From HE’s Russian TV Interview, (December 12, 2005) 

“There is no doubt that Syria and Russia are now political allies, and it is natural that in a situation of political alliance benefits and merits are given to the companies in one of these two countries. On the other hand, and this is of course from a Syrian perspective, I do not think that Russia will take a political decision for this contract. There are interests much larger than this contract. As I said earlier, there are interests in the stability of the region and in the role of Syria. You know that there was no stability in this region. Now, particularly after the war on Iraq, which was the last ditch in the region`s stability, any political or military mistake in this region will push the region towards chaos. This will affect the southern borders of the Russian Federation. So, as I said, I believe that the economic dimension, the political dimension, in addition to stability represent the greater part of our relationship with Russia.”

From HE’s Russian TV Interview, (December 12, 2005)

 “A couple of days ago there was a statement that the European Union did not invite the Syrian President. Of course we responded in a clear manner. This shows that they do not accept any Arab to decline an invitation. It is incomprehensible for them that anyone might say no, even to an invitation to a conference. "

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

"Many months ago, and before we received an official written invitation, when they were telling us that we should go, we said that this is a meeting concerning the Association Agreement, and I used to tell them that I will not go unless the Association Agreement is signed. So, we had already declined the invitation. But I mean that the method of cooperation comes in this framework. And regrettably, we as Arabs, taught them this. They should know our truth in Syria. We are not a state that accepts any relegation of our independence and free decision. “

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

  

"China is now a superpower and is very important after the absence of the Soviet Union. China’ s role has expanded across the world and has become more important especially for small countries including Syria. China now is a key element in international affairs. It is very important for several pressing issues and for the Middle East region, for the ME peace process, for Iraq and for terrorism combating."

From HE’s Interview with the Chinese People daily, (June 21, 2004) 

"Our relation with Turkey has specific peculiarity. There are many things that link us to Turkey which helped start this relation quickly during the past few years,the most important of which are the joint desire and sincerity of dealing . The cause of Iraq came to make danger direct and same on Syria, Turkey and Iran which caused high level coordination among these states."

From HE’s Interview with Al Jazeera TV, (May 3, 2004) 

 

“We have taken great steps in recent years concerning our political, economic and cultural relations. We were also very keen to continue the dialogue and coordination between our two countries in the various domains, and we look forward for achieving more progress in this regard. The Spanish experiment is pioneer in accomplishing economic, social and educational renaissance within a record time. This enabled Spain to be at the forefront to countries which realize continuous growth in their national production. We, in Syria look forward to benefit from your experiences in the various fields with the aim to foster our ambitious developmental plans which we hope will achieve a positive change in the life of our citizens. We do believe that your Majesty's visit to Syria will greatly contribute to achieve that objective, consolidate the mutual cooperation ties and will provide us with precious opportunity to discuss issues that concern our two countries and peoples and peoples of the entire world in an atmosphere of friendship and intimacy. Syria continues to exert efforts to overcome the obstacles she faces to join the European-Mediterranean association, and hopes to sign the agreement in a short time. We are confident that our Spanish friends will offer everything possible to this effect. We have no doubt that signing the association agreement between Syria and the European Union will strengthen our ties with Europe and enhance the common interests and cultural and human ties. I reiterate my welcome to Your Majesties in Syria which honestly, appreciates friendship, adheres to her commitments and which is devoted to honor them. I am absolute confident that wherever you go in Syria you will feel how much love and appreciation our people cherish to you, to the grand human role you play in order to establish an international system where peace and justice prevail, and to your friendly country with which we cherish the closest ties.”

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

"Syria expresses high appreciation over Malaysia's stances which support the Arab nation's issues,”, “The relations' progress between the two countries in the latest years have proved that there are wide domains of cooperation in cultural exchange, the grants and student exchange in the fields of information technology and communications.”

From HE’s Speech Welcoming the Malaysian Premier  , ( August 17, 2003)

 

“It is a delightful to be back in London, a city I know well, a city I lived in with its people and I worked as a doctor on one of its central hospitals, treating many of its patients. This daily interaction created a long lasting relationship, which I will always cherish.”

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

 “There is no doubt that Britain has made great strides in various sectors especially in finance and technology and geopolitics. We admire your achievements and hope to continue  to benefit from your experiences in the development of Syria. I think that the transfer of knowledge is the responsibility of developed countries towards the rest of the world.”

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

 “The visit to  Syria by Prime Minister Tony Blair gave a big boost to the relations between our two countries. In the field of higher education and scientific research, the cooperation between Syria and Britain encompasses the creation of an IT strategy in Syria. This is a field where we will be looking for further cooperation with Britain, specifically in the areas of environmental studies, business management, biotechnology and economics. I also hope that this visit will give us an opportunity to explore means of developing economic relations in different sectors; encouraging investments and trade, establishing a joint council for businessmen and businesswomen and strengthening contacts between the chambers of commerce and industry in Syria and Britain.”

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

 “I am confident that relations of friendship and cooperation between Syria and Britain will further flourish in the years ahead. I thank you again for this memorable evening and wish you all as well as the British people prosperity and happiness.”

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

“Of course the problem lies in the lack of communication, not communication in the technological meaning, but in the human meaning. That is what we need; we need to have more dialogue, more communication. I do not think we are going to start this communication now between the Syrians and the Italians because we have a history of two thousand years, a common history. You know that Syria gave the Roman Empire eight Popes and five emperors. When the Pope came to Damascus last May, I told him we were watching your pilgrimage.”

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

 “I say that there was a big problem at one point in the world particularly between East and West. The West has devoted all the media and all technological means in order to define the East but it didn’t use all these resources in order to get to know the East as it is. And so the East knew a lot about the West but the opposite is not true. The first message I carry with me is to try and introduce the East to the West and to introduce Arab issues as they really are and not just to Italy because Italy is a close country that probably knows the East better than any other European country. But it is an important entrance to Europe also. Without this accurate understanding of the West to the East, we can’t really speak about a healthy role that Europe can play. This takes us to the second part of the question: Can Europe with the US play the role? I think they can, certainly they can. But this is subject first to the desire of these parties and to their ability of those entrusted with this role, and second it is also dependent on their accurate knowledge of the situation. And third, it is subject to the desire of the conflicting parties in this role and their trust in the cosponsors. I can say in the name of all the Arab parties, that there is a trust in the European Union, they trust the European Union. And it is clear for everyone that Israel rejects the European role. The reason is that the European stand is an objective one, the fact that Israel doesn't like. What is clear until now is that the United States doesn't desire Europe to play a role that is expressive of a European independent stand and of a European identity. Until now the role that had been given to Europe by the United States is to market American ideas, but has not yet been allowed to play a role of its own making. But even the American Administration doesn't have a clear vision of how to conduct this peace process. Thereof I can’t see that the circumstances are prepared for this role to be played unless Europe wants to play this role in an independent fashion, and this would have its own prerequisites.”

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

 “The relations between our two peoples emerged and developed by factors of geography and history, thus mutual stimulation was one of the fruits of these factors.”

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

 “The location of both Syria and Greece on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea helped communication between the two peoples and deepening of understanding between our two governments in recently years, regarding events and developments in the immediate neighbourhood, the Mediterranean basin in general or in the wider international arena.”

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

“In the historic relationship between the two countries, both were influencing and influenced. It is true to say that intellectual exchanges between them were the most prominent character of this relationship. Thanks to these exchanges, works of ancient Greek philosophers and scientists reached far beyond Greece through philosophers and scientists in the Arab territory, who contributed to disseminating the Greek civilization throughout the world.”

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

 “In the history of the two countries there were similar experiences and circumstances, and in both of them there are historical features which are witness to glorious phases in their history, such features do attract tourists and lovers of acquaintance with successive and interactive civilizations.”

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

 “In Syria we strive to strengthen common Arab work, at the same time we are keen to strengthen relations of friendship and cooperation with other states in the world. In this regard we highly appreciate the stands of Greece supporting our just causes, and we express our full satisfaction with the positive and continuing development of our bilateral relations.”

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

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim