"I have seen some kind of exaggeration by Media Means presenting my visit as if it were a visit by a western envoy regarding the Nuclear Issue. I am NOT a mediator, nor an envoy; I carry no message from any Western official."

His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad concluded August 3rd, 2008, his two-day landmark visit to Iran. In a joint press conference with His Iran Counterpart, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad said, in reply to a question regarding the nature of his visit as to discuss the Nuclear Issue of Iran, "I have seen some kind of exaggeration by Media Means presenting my visit as if it were a visit by a western envoy regarding the Nuclear Issue. I am NOT a mediator, nor an envoy; I carry no message from any Western official. Our visit to Iran does not come within the frame of the Nuclear File, which is but part of this visit, as always has been part of our talks with any Iranian official during past years."

 "We have informed the French side of our stance directly: that any Syrian role to this effect is based on the Syrian position, based on the related International Accords, as well as on the principle of dialogue as the sole way for solving this problem."

"My current visit to Iran is pre-planned and scheduled, irrespective of my visit to France and of the new developments regarding this Issue. This visit does not differ from former visits, save that for the new developments discussed regarding Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and others. In France, however, we were asked, in light of the standing close relations between Syria and Iran, to play a role in solving this Issue, without defining the content of this role. We have informed the French side of our stance directly: that any Syrian role to this effect is based on the Syrian position, based on the related International Accords, as well as on the principle of dialogue as the sole way for solving this problem. Naturally, we, in such a case, are to ask the Iranian officials the more of details in this regard as to comprehend the Iranian position, for having an answer for any party in this world who might raise a question or a vision regarding the Iranian File. We have not started from France; we start from Iran as to comprehend the Iranian viewpoint first, and then to define if the possibility to play a role was there or not," reiterating the Syrian drive as to bolster dialogue making it constructive, away from political schemes and prefabricated ideas of some countries. His Excellency President Al-Assad underlined that such a role is, for sure, based on he International Accords, which guarantee the right for every country to possess peaceful nuclear power, including the enrichment. "It is, however, too early to define this role before hearing the viewpoints of the Western side." concluded President Al-Assad.

 

His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad held yesterday, August 2nd, 2008, talks with His Iranian Counterpart, Mr. Mahmud Ahmadinejad, on ways of bolstering and developing the standing distinguished relations between Syria and Iran. A review of the standing regional condition was made during the meeting, where the viewpoints of both Presidents were identical regarding the importance of the realization of security and stability in Iraq, the support for the political process in Iraq as to achieve national reconciliation among all the components of the Iraqi People, and the evacuation of foreign troops from Iraq as to secure the Iraqi unity, in people as well as land, sovereignty and independence. The talks also dealt with the ongoing positive developments in Lebanon since the signing of the Doha Accord, where both Presidents voiced support for the process of the Lebanese National Accord. Presidents Al-Assad and Najad discussed, further, the condition on the Palestinian arena asserting the pursuance of the efforts as to realize the National Palestinian reconciliation as the guarantee for the Palestinian People rights. Both Presidents discussed the Iranian Nuclear file reiterating the necessity for the finding of a political solution through dialogue securing Iran’s right to the peaceful use of Nuclear Energy.

 In a joint communiqué following the visit, Syria and Iran reiterated the need for developing and bolstering their bilateral relations at all levels. Syria and Iran condemned the continued Israeli occupation policies, settlement, and aggressions against the Arab Citizens of the occupied territories. Iran voiced its support for the restoration of the Syrian all Israeli-occupied territories of the Golan. Syria and Iran asserted the need for continued efforts for the realizations of the Palestinian reconciliation, the realization of security and stability in Iraq, support for the ongoing political process in Iraq among all the Iraqi Society components, the evacuation of foreign troops from Iraq, support for the Lebanese reconciliation process and right to resist the continued Israeli violations of the Lebanese sovereignty, and support for the Lebanese as to restore the remaining of the Lebanese occupied territories.

 Syria and Iran reiterated, noted the joint communiqué, the need for a political solution for the Iranian Nuclear Issue through dialogue with full respect to Iran’s right, as the International Accords stipulate, to possess peaceful nuclear energy and enrichment. Both sides voiced their strong belief regarding the necessity to free the Middle East from Mass Destruction Weapons, on top of which the Nuclear ones; calling the world attention to the present Israeli nuclear threats against regional as well as international peace and security.

 During his two-day visit,His Excellency President Al-Assad met also with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Saed Jalili the Iranian Higher Security Council Secretary. President Al-Assad talks with the Iranian officials dealt with the standing relations of friendship and cooperation between Syria and Iran, pointing out the importance of these relations in contributing to  the realization of security and stability in the region, asserting the role played by Syria and Iran in the recent positive developments in the region. His Excellency President Al-Assad asserted the right of countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The talks also covered issues related to the mechanisms of the bolstering of economic, investment and trade cooperation between Syria and Iran. Assertion was made also on the importance of the reactivation of the Non-Aligned Movement role and prospects.

 

President Al-Assad headed the Syrian official delegation to Iran in a two-day visit. The delegation comprises the Vice-President Mr. Farouk Al-Sharaa’, Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muoa’lem, Vice-President Assistant Mohamad Nasif, Minister Buothaina Shaaban the Advisor of President Al-Assad for Political and Media Affairs, Foreign Minister Assistant Ahmad Arnous, andDr. Hamid Hassan the Syrian Ambassador to Iran.

 

Edited & Translated by

Mohamad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Rome, August 2-3, 2008

 

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