"I have discussed with President Abdullah Gül the new international situation and the relative détente of the international situation, and how to use this détente for pushing the process of peace in the region forward. The Syrian stance is declared and clear, and the brothers in Turkey know the details of this stance. Syria is committed to the peace as much as it is committed to the occupied Syrian Territories, the Golan," said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad in a joint press conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H. E. Abdullah Gül, at the end of the talks in Damascus, May 15, 2009. 

"The Palestinian reconciliation is the essence for whatever would be solution in the region. Without the unity of the Palestinians, and without the unity of the Palestinian stance, there would never be a peace on the Palestinian track, neither a two-state solution, nor restoration of a land, nor a return for refugees. If the peace was not to be achieved on the Palestinian track, other tracks would remain incomplete, even peace agreements were to be signed on other tracks, including the Syrian one. So, we have ever reiterated the necessity for the comprehensive peace, tracks concomitance, or coordination; so that we would achieve peace and not only sign peace agreement; hence the peace agreement is but the first step towards the peace, and not the final one, as some believe. The steps which follow the first step are linked to the concomitance or coordination among the tracks of peace." 

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"The Syrian is stance is firm as far as the Iranian nuclear file; our stance is very well-known as far as any country in this world as to possess the peaceful nuclear power; this very right is guaranteed by related international conventions. As for the casting of doubts over presence of military program, those who present such a presentation have only, for the sake of credibility, to show what they have done regarding the military nuclear program in implementation for decades in Israel; then their such a speech would have credibility, and their doubts would have some credibility," said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad in a joint press conference with His Excellency President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Damascus, May 5, 2009. 

President Al-Assad pointed out to the firm correctness of the joint Syrian-Iranian vision regarding their past years taken stances, as represented in two points: first, the relations between Syria and Iran are strategic; the second is related to the continued and relentless joint Arab action for the stabilization and independence of our region, where its destiny is linked to the very region decision by the very owners of this region.


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"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," said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad in a joint press conference with His Slovak Counterpart, Ivan Gasparovic, following their talks in Bratislava, April 29, 2009. 

"The role of Europe has two aspects; the first is related to dialogue with Arab States as far as peace process, especially with the States concerned directly with the Process of Peace, and Syria is one of these States. The Second aspect is related to dialogue between the United States and Europe regarding peace process, that the United States is the sponsor of this process," added His Excellency asserting that "the process of peace could never remain within the frame of general titles and slogans". 

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"There is a new mood in the world today. This does not mean that every thing is positive; there is a positive mood and a wave of optimism; which are restricted to a certain period; and which may not continue; and we do not know when they are to end," said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad in a joint press conference with his Austrian Counterpart, H. E.Heinz Fischer, calling for utmost speed moves as to translate the said optimism into a serious and direct action, highly lauding the active role played by Austria, with particular reference to its UNDOF participation on the Golan Heights borders.

"Our talks focused basically on peace process, which is a wide process with many sub-titles, including the Palestinian peace process, and on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks, in addition to combating terrorism and other many issues which could never be separated from peace. We, however, focused at the process of peace, started in Madrid in 1991. We today are in 2009; that is after 18 years from the start of that process, seeing that the reality does not reflect the presence of any real peace. Rather, we see the more of blood though of some on and off negotiations for which the results were later to be the opposite," added His Excellency President Al-Assad urging for nudging the process of peace in the Middle East at all level, including the US, European, as well as the regional one through dialogue with real partners of the process.

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"Though of the huge variety of the events witnessed by our region; they have the dominator of the international incapacity to deal with the causes and consequences of these events, which have gone out of control, excluding no country, be it a developing poor one or an advanced country. The so called international impotence is but the international monopoly by a limited number of countries of the resolutions related to policy, economy, and technology and of others at the international level, which has led to catastrophic consequences all over the whole world," said His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad at the opening session of the 21st Arab Summit of Doha, Qatar, March 30, 2009. 

"We, as Arab countries, are paying the price which the rest of the world today is paying, as a result for a deteriorating economy, not to mention the price we pay as a tax for the chronic political disorder in the world as well as in our region. Such an international monopoly has created a closed door before whatever participation by other countries and people, which has from few years back been in the process of erosion. This has caused the world to be in the crisis, which could create for us, though of its severity, an opportunity and open door to participate with others in the search for the bases of a new world order in realization of justice among the people, through proving of our stance drawing our future, and by our will, this time, and not by the will of others," added President Al-Assad.

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