"Our gathering on the occasion of the blessed Christmas is not as to address messages that we in Syria live in fraternity, tolerance and coexistence; because Syria for long did overcome such terms. We are here together as part of our Syrian Social Texture, our civilization and of our history. We, as Syrians, have to transfer what we have to the entire world," said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad in a Christmas Address at the Patriarchate of Antioch and of All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Damascus, December 25, 2008. 

"The role of Syria is linked to her historic and civilizational position, and to her rich heritage, which proves that Syria has ever been, and across all times, the ideal example to be followed. The power of Syria lies in her civilization depth, in her Islamic and Christian components, as well as in the power of the Syrian Man with his/her continuity across history phases," reiterated H. E. President Al-Assad asserting that there is no problem among religions as to deem dialogue among them necessary; because they are monotheistic, and that the problem is with those who do not comprehend the essence of religions.

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"I have explained to President Mesic the whereabouts of the peace process in the Middle East, including the indirect talks between Syria and Israel, held with a Turkish mediation, the importance of the realization of the just and comprehensive peace in the region; pointing out the importance of the reactivation of the European role in Mideast Peace Process, supporting the related UN Security Council Resolutions, and the necessity of linking the Israeli response to these Resolutions to the European relations with Israel at all levels," said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad, December 22nd, 2008, in a joint press conference with His visiting Counterpart, H. E. President Stjepan Mesic of Croatia. 

"I have discussed with President Mesic the catastrophic situation of our Palestinian People in Gaza due to the Israeli unjust blockade and the collective punishment policy practiced by Israel. I have made clear to President Mesic the necessity for the European Countries to take a stance in the interest of humanity, through the working as to lift the unjust blockade on the armless Palestinian People in Gaza," added His Excellency President Al-Assad pointing out that the talks dealt, further, with the issue of bilateral relations, Arab-Euro relations, as well as with means and ways of bolstering relations between Syria and Croatia.

 

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"The top priority of our political strategy is to find a just and comprehensive solution for the conflict- the Arab Israeli- based on international legitimacy resolution, with all of what that means of an end to wars, imposed upon our people and countries, the restoration of security and stability to these countries and to the region in general. But, all of this should be within the frame of an Israeli preparedness to make peace, and awareness of what the Israelis indeed want through their talk of peace, and the definition of peace concept which they accept or call for" said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad at the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, Damascus, November 9th, 2008. 

"We are keen on the achievement of the just and comprehensive peace, based on our fixed and inalienable, under no circumstances, rights, on top of which is the undiminished withdrawal to the line of June 4, 1967"added His Excellency pointing out "The Israeli non-responding to peace requirements on the Syrian track, indicates that peace for Israel is but a tactical action rather than a strategic option." 

"Israel, not even for a single day, has cancelled the idea of aggression from its policies, caused by the Israelis’ latent fear of peace, especially at this time, when we witness the increasing flagrant trends of religious and racial extremism by the Israelis; concepts of expelling Arabs, and other racial expressions have, rather, become more present in their political discourse," said His Excellency President Al-Assad lashing out at the outgoing US Administration lack of interest in peace achievement in the Middle East, "Our belief in peace and optimism as to achieve it do not push us as to have illusions or day-dreaming, nor to fall into the trap of peace tracks game; but rather do motivate us to the more of commitment to our rights and to build the more of our force," declared H. E. President Al-Assad.

 

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 "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." His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad said in a joint press conference with His Excellency Traian Basescu the visiting President of Romania.

"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," added President Al-Assad.

"I have explained to President Basescu the whereabouts of the indirect peace negotiations between Syria and Israel with the mediation of Turkey, reiterating the Syrian well-known stance regarding the support of the peace process that would lead to the restoration of all of the occupied territories and to the implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, and top of which resolution 242. This issue was fundamental in our discussions; hence the stability of the Middle East is basic to the stability of other parts of the world. Consequently, peace is an issue of priority for us; I think it to be also the same for many European countries." outlined H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad.

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In Damascus, September 4, 2008, a Quartet Summit was held including His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad the Arab Summit President, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar the Gulf Cooperation Council President, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey , whose is playing an important role in the region playing the mediator role in the indirect peace talks between Syria and Israel, and His Excellency President Nicolas Sarkozy of France the rotating European Union President

In a joint Press conference following the Summit, H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad said "In brief, we have met today for stability through dialogue; there is no stability without the dialogue,", " The central topic for which we wanted to hold this Summit is the stability; the stability means discussing the peace," pointing out to the recently appearing "some light spots at the political panorama, though of the complex picture, which seems at times black concerning the Middle East condition" hoping to proliferate the said ‘light spots’ as ‘ to replace the blackness in the Middle East’. It is for this purpose, underlined His Excellency Al-Assad, that ‘such meetings, and intensively, are held; not to mention the consultations among the officials, at different levels, continuously."

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