"Arabism is a cultural concept that involves all ethnic groups, religions and communities. It is a civilized status to which all who once existed in the region, without exceptions, contributed, said President Al-Assad, adding that "the Arab language and Arab nationalism unite all these ethnic groups, communities and religions and at the same time preserve the privacy of each of them".

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

"Arabism includes all ethnic groups, religions and communities, thus Arab heritage and culture is the accumulation of the heritage and cultures of all the peoples who lived in this region throughout ancient and modern history."

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

"Arabism and national thinking have continuously been accused by their enemies of backwardness and of being old-fashioned in an age overwhelmed by globalization in order to turn us into tools to serve the interests of huge financial institutions led by the United States,"

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

"pan-Arab affiliation means undermining the first line of defense against any attempts at a cultural or intellectual invasion that seeks to turn people into mere machines with no will that move according to plans made abroad."

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

 “But at the same time, as this Arab spring as it was called by the enemies, aimed at undermining affiliation, without the weakness of pan-Arab affiliation and the weakness of pan-Arab sentiment, this ‘spring’ wouldn’t have been able to start in our Arab region, because segments of our societies have regrettably, through the course of time, after losing this affiliation were ready to move in other directions,”

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

 “On the other hand, these meetings and pan-Arab work has persisted throughout these decades, with tens and maybe hundreds of meetings being held, but the result today is that the situation for the pan-Arab condition on the Arab arena is much weaker than it was decades ago. So, do we meet again to add another meeting to a group of meetings? Do we meet to reminisce about the good days or lament bad luck or to glorify something that isn’t living its best days which is the pan-Arab condition? Are we meeting just to issue political statements, despite these being important? It’s necessary to talk politics and issue statements and take positions regarding what is happening constantly, but political statements alone cannot restore the luster of this condition we are talking about now.”

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

“However, this role pushed many citizens in several places and here in Syria in particular, to say that if this is pan-Arabism and Arabism, then we don’t want them. If these are the Arabs, then we don’t want to be Arabs, we want to be anything else. Well, what is alternative? There is no alternative. These people are reacting to the conspiring by some Arab states on other Arab states or peoples of causes, and didn’t differentiate between affiliation to a specific identity and affiliation to a political system,” he said, adding that there were reactions towards Arab causes like the Palestinian cause due to the betrayal by some Palestinians of Arab states and peoples that hosted them and defended them, eliciting a reaction, and there were many who said “the whole Palestinian cause can go to Hell,” which indicates the immaturity of the sense of affiliation among these people."

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

 

 

"The visits by Arab popular delegations to Syria have special and great meaning for the Syrian people, particularly as the majority of Arab peoples back the Syrians in the face of terrorism, bloodshed and destruction, "

Receiving a Mauritanian Parliamentary Delegation, September 23, 2017.

" dialogue among parliaments and parties across the Arab arena is very important and essential as to form a unified vision on issues and challenges facing the Arab nation."

Receiving a Mauritanian Parliamentary Delegation, September 23, 2017.

"Arabism is a matter of belongingness not ideas in books.. Diversity in the Arab region is natural so there must be a comprehensive vision on the idea of belongingness so as to get out of the struggle of identity we are experiencing".

Receiving a Mauritanian Parliamentary Delegation, September 23, 2017.

 

"The standing challenges facing the Arab World necessitates the work for awakening awareness for Arabism as the identity and as the civilized framework including all, and not only as an ideology, asserting the necessity for commitment to national thought and for the bolstering of national feeling in the face of division and elimination schemes drawn for the region."

 From President Assad's statements, May 17, 2017.

 


"One of the most dangerous forms of the terrorism war against Syria and the region is through attacking Arab Culture and Identity and distorting the belonging to Arabism and Homeland through the dissemination of extremist thinking based on negating the existence of the other,"

From President Assad's statements during his meeting with a delegation of the Tunisian National Parties, March 22, 2017.

"The role of Arab Parties and Organizations in encountering such intellectual war is pivotal through analyzing the causes behind the retreat in Arab case and work for a national project based on deep social and party dialogue."

From President Assad's statements during his meeting with a delegation of the Tunisian National Parties, March 22, 2017.

 

 

"Arabism is an identity we cannot abandon."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 

“There are a number of institutions in Egypt that rejected to sever the relation and continued communication with Syria, and we have listened to a national and pan-Arab discourse from them… I don’t want to hold the brothers in Egypt responsible… perhaps the conditions are very pressing… what we want, in the first phase, is that Egypt not to be a launch-pad against Syria or against others in the Arab countries, but in the second phase we want Egypt to play the role of the important country which helps the other Arab countries.”

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 

 “what I have said about communication, a direct communication between us and them on the level of important officials… mainly security officials from Syria and Egypt in the last few weeks without fixing the time accurately.. they have a vision how to benefit from Syria… definitely through this communication, we will reach this point… the important thing now is that our expertise is deep in this domain through the last four years and through our conflict with the terrorist Muslim brotherhood at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties.”

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 

"Syria believes that it stands in the same trench with the Egyptian army and with the Egyptian people against terrorists."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 

''Arab Summits, at least since I attended the first one, have not achieved anything in the Arab world. This has to do with inter-Arab relations, because the Arab League consists of Arab states, some of which implement the Western agenda and hinder any progress in the work of the Arab League. Other countries do not play any role. They are neutral. A small number of these countries try to play a role. For example, when there was a vote in the Arab League to ask the Security Council to facilitate or conduct military action in Libya, Syria was the only country which objected. This was before the crisis, and was one of the reasons which made other Arab countries, which are in the Western sphere of influence, start an incitement campaign against Syria and push the problems, or the crisis, in this direction from the very beginning. That’s why inter-Arab relations are now subject to the desires of inter-Western relations. They are not independent. They are non-existent on the inter-Arab level and equally non-existent on the Syrian-Arab level.

As to our relation with Egypt, Egypt suffered from the same terrorism from which Syria suffered, but in a different way. It suffered from the attempts of Arab countries to interfere and fund terrorist forces, but of course to a much lesser degree than what happened in Syria. But there is a great degree of awareness in Egypt in general, on the level of the Egyptian state and people, of what happened in Syria recently. There is a relation but in a very limited framework between the two states, practically on the level of the security services. But we do not talk about real relations or about having closer ties unless there is a direct meeting between the concerned political institutions in the two countries. This hasn’t happened so far, and we hope to see a closer Syrian-Egyptian relation soon because of the importance of Syrian-Egyptian relations for the Arab condition in general. Relations with Iraq are good of course, and we coordinate with Iraq because we have the same terrorist arena.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Russian Media Interview, March 27, 2015.


''But based on our genuine Arab character, and our desire to restore the original idea of the Arab League, in which we are supported by some sisterly countries keen on making the Arab League a truly collective and Arab body, we haven’t closed the doors to any solution or proposal; and we shall never close the door to any Arab endeavor as long as it respects our sovereignty, the independence of our decision and the unity of our people.''

From H.E's  Damascus University Speech, ( January 10, 2012)   

 

''Weakness of the Arab role leaves vacuum which allows others to intervene in the Arab issues, and Arabs must criticize their own absence rather than criticizing the absence of other roles. ''

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

  

''The Arab Solidarity is the must, so that the Arab Resolution is to be independent. The Arab Solidarity is to stand by our interests as Arabs, and has to be based on the Arab Popular consensus,''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009) 

''The Independent Arab Resolution, the title of the ongoing Conference, is very important and inclusive. As to have the Independent Arab Resolution, we have to start first from Arabism and the belief in the Arab Identity. We have to protect the Arab Identity, and to convince the people of the importance of this very Identity, as the denominator and the real fortress for the Arab Citizen and Arab Countries,''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 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 have to look for the root of the problem in ourselves and in our actions.”

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

 

“The language of complaint, solicitation and begging will never achieve anything for us.”

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

 “Power is never given as a gift. It is rather earned.”

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

“We should not allow our sovereignty and independence to be violated; and arriving at this independence starts from this region, not from the outside, by addressing the challenges we face, depending on ourselves, and finding the solutions which suit us and achieve our interests.”

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

“We reject ready-made solutions designed elsewhere and imposed on us with implementation as the only option.”

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

  “Asserting ourselves is done by working for the future not sinking into the glorious past which we miss.”

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

 “Let us protect ourselves and our region with our own hands.”

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

 “When we agree, there is no other choice for the others but to support us.”

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

“The situation is better. I proposed some rules. Why do we have problems? Because sometimes we mix the, let's say, role of countries with each other. For example, I have land. When we talk about peace, or the Arab peace initiative, or any support for peace, you cannot substitute me. I am the owner of the land. For example there was a meeting two days ago in Amman about the Arab initiative. The Jordanian minister announced later on one of the TV channels that Syria was not there so they did not discuss the Syrian track. That is good. They discussed the Palestinian ... right. So, this is very important. For me, do not interfere in my affairs. Do not put yourself in my place because you have the Arab initiative. I accept that all the Arab countries support the Arab initiative, but when it comes to the negotiations, I am the one who is responsible. I will tell you what I agree about, so we can move when I approve what you are going to do. That is it.”

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

“Second, there was disagreement in the past as some say, not from our side but from their side about what happened in Lebanon. The situation in Lebanon is getting much better. We supported Qatar directly in the Doha Agreement and that brought the election of the president and of course the stability and the election law in Lebanon. So the situation is getting better. Nobody has the excuse over Lebanon anymore. They are going to have their elections. Of course a close relation with Lebanon is normal because we are neighborly and brotherly countries.”

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

 “The Arab Summit of Doha is the best of Summits as far as the resolutions taken, which reflected the Arab condition in general, and reflected our learning as Arabs by our mistakes,”

From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009) 

“We have to analyze the kind of the differences –among Arabs-; do we have border disputes? No we do not. Do we have disputes regarding oil wells, maritime borders, or certain economy? We do not. The difference is as far as other causes which are not basically ours,”

From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009) 

“Syria has been tirelessly working for the realization of Arab solidarity and understanding, which has been the motto of Damascus Arab Summit. Naturally, the issue of reconciliations is to be the most important one in this stage, as the platform upon which success or failure is to be built. In the absence of the solidarity or its weakness, every agreement or resolution remains an illusion non implementable. The Arab citizens were about to lose hope that the difference among the Arab countries was a passing one, hence the solidarity has become the in passing case charactering the relations prevailing among our states. This has been very clear a few months ago during the Israeli aggression against Gaza, which was the result for the Israeli criminal mentality on one side, and the unnatural result for Arab weakness because of our dismemberment from another side. However, the changes taking place recently following the Kuwait Economic Summit have restored some glimmer of hope for all of us regarding the possibility of moving the Arab-Arab relations in a better direction.”

 From His Excellency 21st Arab Summit of Doha Speech, (March 30, 2009) 

“The problem is not the presence of difference in itself, hence it is normal and always is associated with the diversity of human beings, whether as far as the one nation, home, or one family. The real problem is in the way through which we tackle the difference; that is through our management of the difference. We can not manage the difference in a perfect way, unless we unify our vision of the solidarity we want.”

From His Excellency 21st Arab Summit of Doha Speech, (March 30, 2009)  

“Arab Solidarity does not mean Arab identicalness; rather it means Arab Integration, not a process of copying the stances, and rather it is to coordinate the stances. Identicalness in the stances needs the same conditions as to have one vision. This does not exist because of objective causes. The Difference, rather than seeing it with its negative form as a contrast among us, let us see the positive side of the difference as diversity in reflection of richness. There is no contrast or clash of interests between any two Arab states; it is a difference in presented viewpoints. The prelude in such a case for Arab Solidarity is through the standing dialogue on the bases of accepting the difference, imposed by the dissimilarities surrounding every state. Consequently, there will be no justification nor possibility as to change the difference into bitter discord leading to inflicting damage upon our joint interests, which were not in principle the cause of  emerging problem,”

 From His Excellency 21st Arab Summit of Doha Speech, (March 30, 2009) 

“The Arab reconciliation has started, and is still at the beginning; I can not say that we have accomplished a stride through the latest Arab reconciliation. The Arab situation is still not good, at least until we would reach to Doha Summit to see that the things are better. Our good relations with some Arab countries do not mean the lack of differences, and so as far as our relations with other Arab countries. The most import thing is how to administrate the differences. Every country has the right to have different trends; that the circumstances are different; it is illogical to have identical viewpoints. As Arabs we have to administrate the differences,”

 From His Excellency Assafir Daily Interview, (March 25, 2009) 

“As Arabs we do not have to worry about the existence of differences; we have to worry about the lack of the mechanisms to deal with this difference or about the wrong dealing with this difference transforming it into enmity,”

 From His Excellency Assafir Daily Interview, (March 25, 2009) 

 “The problem was not in the disagreement; it is illogical as to agree over every thing. The problem is how to manage the disagreement. We, as Arabs, have a bad management of differences. We do need the approach as to mange the differences.”

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

“If you look at the history of Arab-Arab relations, you will find the absence of a real difference in the interests; it is only a difference in viewpoints,”

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

“Today’s Summit reflects the increasing of the popular as well as official awareness regarding the importance of economic affairs talks, as to achieve the more of integration and coordination among the Arab Countries; especially in light of what our present world witnesses of speedy changes and crises; whereby our Arab countries could achieve some of benefit through the coordination of their policies and economic trends,”

From His Excellency Speech at the Arab Summit of Kuwait, (January 19, 2009)

  “Hence economy creates the hoisting gear for politics, and the solid basis for the realization of a better structure for joint Arab Action; the presence of the political will besides the joint awareness among the political leaders of the importance of economic cooperation, would push forward economic integration and activity,”

From His Excellency Speech at the Arab Summit of Kuwait, (January 19, 2009) 

“No body would negate that we have made several strides- as far as Arab Economy- especially after the grand Arab Free Trade Zone entered in effect in 2005. All of this would remain, however, merely a few strides, with a very limited effect as far as the realization of Arab Economic Integration, if they were not to be followed by other strides like , for example, the liberalization of services commerce, free movements for persons, and the adoption of some mechanisms to compensate the countries damaged by the negative consequences of the liberalization process, in particular as far as the decrease of revenues, securing equity and benefit simultaneously,”

From His Excellency Speech at the Arab Summit of Kuwait, (January 19, 2009)  

“As for that part of the world, which calls itself the civilized world, it insists to remain by- will-blind; so it has viewed the problem as a weapon smuggled, and not as crimes perpetrated with internationally-prohibited weapons; this is not to put the victim and the executioner on an equal footing, as some believe mistakenly, it is but to replace the victim with the executioner! All in all, the repetition of the Israeli aggression is possible at any time, until the Israeli policies would change, which is  quite far of possibility; or until we change the conditions, which is more fruitful and beneficial, depending on our solidarity with our own causes, but not against our causes,”

From His Excellency Speech at the Arab Summit of Kuwait, (January 19, 2009)

 “If this is not the right time for the convening of an Arab Summit, when and under what circumstances would be the call for an Arab Summit to be convened! Is it possible for us to go for an Economic Summit after two weeks? and to be able to attend it without being able to attend a Summit for the political reason regarding the human political and military issue? This is unrealistic! What is being done so far is unacceptable!”

  From His Excellency Press Conference with President Sarkozy, (January 6, 2009) 

“In light of the consultations, we are still determined on the necessity of the convening of this Summit. Syria, the President of the Arab Summit, and Qatar, the country to host the Summit, can reach to the necessary quorum for an Arab successful Summit; circumstance, however, might deem necessary the convening of the Summit, even a mini-one with all who are to be present,”

  From His Excellency Press Conference with President Sarkozy, (January 6, 2009)

“We aspire that the Arab Parliament is to be the center of radiance for Arab Joint Action, and the podium for dialogue among brethrens as far as our Nation Affairs, present as well as future ones,”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008) 

  “The foundation of the Arab Parliament (AP) has been the embodiment of joint will by the Arab countries; this Parliament represents one of the most distinguished institution of Arab joint action, and for  which we accord special importance in support of our Arab relations, bolstering constructive dialogue and communication among our popular leaderships,”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008) 

“We all aspire that the Arab Parliament is but the advanced formula of our Arab joint action. We want for the Arab Parliament to get boosted with experience as well as presence in our political life as the podium for constructive dialogue among Parliamentarians, and as one of the decision-taking institutions providing  assistance and support the work of the standing institutions,”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

  “We, further, want the Arab Parliament, which includes representatives of social and political forces at the Arab level, to embody Arabism with all of its meanings as a direct response and clear-cut sufficient answer  to the campaigns of doubts-casting, diffused by some political, cultural and information establishments, to the reality of the Nation-Arab Nation- her future, and her capacity to surmount her difficulties”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008) 

 “We have to be the pioneering in defense of Arabism, which summarizes every basic, and which is but the main guarantee for us, individuals as well as societies, as to reach to the best, and as to have our distinguished position among nations, the position which we deserve and merit, and impose with respect upon others, and not  that position offered to us as a consolation prize in return for humiliating surrenders,”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

   “What the Arab Solidarity suffers of several difficulties have nothing to do with the Arab popular condition; as facts have shown: the Arab Citizen, from the Ocean to the Gulf, lives the Arab concern, feels pain from the Arab wound as one body from Palestine to Iraq , the Sudan, as well as to others of our Arab countries. Such difficulties are related to the official condition, which is to a large extent in contradiction with the relation binding our people through the strong link of Arabism. This calls upon us as to exert the more of efforts to boost our Arab Citizen  confidence that we are , as states, capable of sorting our problems out without resort to a foreign side, and to design by ourselves our regional as well as international roles.”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008) 

“Notwithstanding all pressures and difficulties, our strong belief in all Arabs capability to restore initiative taking and impact actually the course of events, has never been shaken,”

  From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

  “The concept of Arab National Security, which has been derived not from a vacuum, means that whatever harm to be inflicted upon one of our countries, is to be inflicted upon other countries; the risks threatening the National Arab Security are but one for all with no exception. We have remained committed to our stances; we have had to prove every time that regress was never to be imposed on Arabs as their inevitable destiny, and that resistance with all its integrated and comprehensive meaning does grant safety in the face of aggression, and secure the realization of peace, which is only for the strong; the weak, rather, have no peace, nor safety or security; they are the losers in wars and the deluded in peace.”

 From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

   “The concept of Arabism cements Arab Citizens with several and history deep-rooted links; which has been translated from mere emotions and feelings into thought and theory by national theoreticians and intellectuals,”

 From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

 “The ongoing stage is a historic chance for Arabs if they were to be able to coordinate their stances, unify their efforts as to become one of the regional powers, especially in light of what they have of economic potentials, as well as of joint cultural and historic factors in facilitation of the creation of an Arab block, if to be well used. We are in the same boat; it is very clear today that the countries with no one boat are trying to manufacture this boat. It is high time as not to let our boat deserted without use, as not to miss the chance of using it, or as not to let others reach it before us.”

 From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

   “The need is dire as to build an international political world order based on understanding and dialogue among the people of the world”, underlined His Excellency the President noting that the current economic and financial crisis, with all the risks it has against modern societies, have compelled many countries to lay the bases for an new international economic order in the interest of the forthcoming generations. “

 From His Excellency Speech At the opening of the 2nd Transitional Arab Parliament Session, (November 9, 2008)

 “The Doha Agreement expressed an aspect of this solidarity as it is one of the most important agreements and solutions to a big and dangerous problem on the Arab scene. But a solution has been reached without international interference. We can call this Arab solidarity. Palestinian reconciliation, for which we made great efforts, and the visit of President Mahmoud Abbas fall in this context. Why? Because dissensions, be they in Lebanon, Palestine or elsewhere, lead to differences among the Arabs. We must therefore settle dissensions in order to defuse the crises that compromise inter-Arab relations. I am making visits, but they do not ensure Arab solidarity, which remains partial and temporary. The problems need to be resolved in a definitive manner.”

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

 "As Arabs, we may have divergent views." Inter-Arab ties can be further improved, should Arab nations be able to understand each one's circumstances, “

From His Excellency Statements during His Kuwait Visit (June 4th, 2008) 

"Kuwait makes concerted efforts with Syria to improve the inter-Arab relations but can not, of course, take part in the arrangement of the schedule of the visits,"

From His Excellency Statements during His Kuwait Visit (June 4th, 2008) 

"This dark situation should not prevent us from being optimistic, and look for the light spots to build on them," , “The Doha Agreement also stands as evidence of the ability of Arab leaders to resolve their problems,", "Arab summits will no longer have mere speeches, but will adopt practical methods with closed-door sessions to discuss the Arab nations' woes and bring views closer on those problems for solutions," , "We have a difference in views with Qatar, for example, but that did not stop us from working together to resolve the Lebanese issue, and if Egypt or Saudi Arabia believe they have problems with Syria, they should tell us where the problem is,"

From His Excellency Statements during His U A E Visit (June 3rd, 2008)

 “The Arab participation in the Summit under these circumstances, though of all the pressures put, means that the Arab condition is not negative as we imagine. We can not say that the Arab condition is very negative when we see some Arab countries rejecting the US pressures and others’ pressures and come to the Summit; this is a very positive thing that we should never negate; we have to be realistic. As Arabs it is necessary for us to distance ourselves from lies and cheating; all the matters should be clear.”

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

  “All the Arab countries, apart from the level of participation, did participate in the Summit; this is one factor for the Summit success. There has never been ‘political mines’ in the Summit is another success for the Summit. The convening of the Summit under these circumstances and pressures is a further success for the Summit.”

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

 “The positive atmospheres of the Summit have made us more optimistic that any Arab tour by the Summit Presidency to make soon, might yield results. To be frank, there is no problem between Syria and Riyadh, nor between Syria and Cairo. There is a problem from the other side; they have misunderstanding for the Syrian stance. As for Syria, she has no demands from these countries. We consider that we do not have problems with them. This issue depends on them. I want to visit all Arab countries with no exception. “

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

   “The problem is to characterize the relations among countries with personal features of Arab leaders , as well as the big suspicions. The problem is when n Arab party would believe that if I were not to be like him, then I stand against him; this is impossible! We, brothers within the same family, can never share the same viewpoint. How would be the case when it comes to the level of States? This is the problem of the Arab-Arab relations.”

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

"  The more our steadfastness and cling to our Arabism are clear, the more fierce are the campaigns against us. We, however, have decided that the resistance and forbearing are our strategic decision to which we cling.”

 From His Excellency Speech at the Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party Central Command Meeting  (April 20th 2008)

  “The success of the Arab Summit was the success for all Arabs and for their keenness on Arab Solidarity; as much as it was the success  for us in  Syria in securing the climate for accord and solidarity. This very success is further the success for every believer in the Arab capacity to make victory against whatever plots hatched against them; in a proof that responding to the Arab public opinion pulse is more important and enduring than turning to any foreign side to get strengthened. This is what we are to follow in the future through our presidency of Arab Summit.”

 From His Excellency Speech at the Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party Central Command Meeting  (April 20th 2008) 

 “The Arab National Thought in which the Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party believes and takes as the guideline is the demonstration of the unity of our Arab Nation and the will of Arabs for independence and unity.  This is the only guarantee for the realization of the Arab Nation interests; particularly in this very hard phase of our history which witnesses the risks of fragmentation and dismemberment.”

  From His Excellency Speech at the Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party Central Command Meeting  (April 20th 2008)

 “What Syria has accomplished of success through her organization of the Arab Summit,  providing the appropriate conditions for Arab Accord and Solidarity among the Arab countries is the  success for all Arabs.”

  From His Excellency remarks regarding  the  20th  Arab Summit of  Damascus ( April 2nd  2008)

  “I reiterate that Syria is to ever remain within the heart of the Arab World and within the heart of joint Arab Action. Syria is to remain a basic pillar for the preservation of the Arab Nation Basics.”

  From His Excellency concluding remarks of the  20th  Arab Summit of  Damascus ( March 30th 2008) 

“Welcome to Syria, who receives you with all Love, appreciations and hope that this meeting among the brethrens would be that of goodness to the Arab Nation, whose sons aspire for the realization of solidarity, dignity, and prosperity during a difficult period of its modern history. The convening of the Arab Summit in Syria in this critical phase is an honour and a great  responsibility, of which we are proud,  out of our deep faith in the importance of joint Arab Action, and its vitality for our Arab Nation, as to occupy the suitable place in the world of today. We have left no stone unturned as to prepare the appropriate conditions to make of this Summit a success; sought as to surmount many of the obstacles hindering its way; especially that we ,all, are  aware of the difficulty of this phase and the exact developments witnessed by our region. It is no exaggeration to say that we are no more on the brink of danger, but rather in its midst ; where we fell the direct consequences of the danger upon our countries and people. Every day passes without taking a decisive decision in the interest of our national interests would make of any bid as to evade the catastrophic outcomes  impossible.”

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

  “Whatever our views regarding the nature of these dangers, their causes, and ways as to encounter them, it is normal for the sons of the one family to have varied ideas regarding one issue; undoubtedly, we all are in the same boat in the face of the tidy storms; and there is no alternative for consultations, solidarity, and for joint Arab action, as to unify our ranks, restore rights and realize development for our countries. Today, we live in a world witnessing very important changes drawn by international big powers. This made several countries form regional gatherings in bolstering of their power and interests; even if there were no joint denominators  among them. Thus, it goes without saying for Arabs as to assemble and cooperate, considering that we have a natural national block possessing every success factor, not possessed by any other  block in the world, and that we are living a bulk of challenges threatening  our domestic  structure, making of some Arab countries open fields for others’ conflict through the conflict among the sons of such countries; or making of such countries the target for aggression, killing, and destruction by our enemies.”

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

  “Undoubtedly, there are obstacles facing our desires and aspirations for the realization of what we want. Though of our agreement, most of the time, on the objectives; there are some diverse visions and diverse mechanisms for dealing. This, however, is no problem when sincere dialogue exists. Our dialogue and deep conventions in the necessity for taking the initiative for adopting active stances would empower  us as to overcome the difficulties through treating them in a realistic way with brotherly frankness and with true aspiration for the Arab higher interest.”

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

  “Many summits were held during the past decades. We have achieved success in positions and phases, and have not in others. If the Arab condition is unsatisfactory for us; this is not linked to the summits themselves, as much as it is linked to the context of the Arab-Arab relations and the surrounding circumstances in the past and at present, which results were reflected on the Arab Summits. Nevertheless,  we have been able during several phases to adopt the stances reflecting the interests of the Arab Nation, once the will for that persisted.”

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

 “The Arab-Arab relations have witnessed increasing development during the recent years, especially at the economic level with the application of the Grand Free Arab Trade Agreement. Further, the direction of Arab investment towards the Arab countries  promises the more of growth. “

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

“We underline the unity of the Sudan and its stability calling for supporting the efforts of the Sudanese Government in dealing with the human conditions in Darfur and the realization of peace, the restoration of security and stability to Darfur, rejecting whatever attempts as to impose solutions or dictations under the pretext of the human condition.”

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

 

“The region- the Middle East- will witness during the coming days political events which would impact seriously the future of our countries and people, if the said events were not to be handled wisely in the interest of all the parties without bias to a party at the expense of another.’’

 From H. E. sayings during the National Progressive Front Meeting,  (November 19, 2007)

 "The Arab situation is still unsatisfactory and calls for concern. What is important is not what we talk about; but what we implement; not the Arab Summits, but the implementation. When it comes to the implementation, we are divided, at times if not divided, but careless for each other….Syria’s interest is to have Arab Solidarity existent at whatever extents. The Arab-Arab relations are good at the highest levels, but at other governmental or in the countries in general do not exist; or there is no follow up. The high level relation is not suffice to create good relations between two countries; there are establishments ; it is not only a personal relationship, a good personal relation can be reflected positively on relations between two countries in general…. If we were to compare the relation of any Arab country with Europe, or perhaps with Asia, we would see that it is far more better than the Arab-Arab relation… A kind of hope and optimism has to remain however."

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

  "The war of October does not only represent for us now in this phase a military issue with its military meaning. There are also those issues of Arab Solidarity; where this War has indeed demonstrated the Arab Solidarity from the ocean to the gulf. The other side of this war is the issue of the will , where we ,during many of the living moments, fell the feelings of frustration by the Arab Citizen and perhaps by the Arab Official. The War of October has expressed the how and the possibility of changing frustration which existed between the defeat of the 1967 and the War of 1973. Now what we can do is how to restore the Arab Solidarity, how to alleviate or eliminate frustration as to move forward into a phase of active work, from succumbing to the de fact into the alternating of the de facto."

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

 “The national work has to be the priority of  our programs and policies; the basic for our unity and self-immunity , the priority of our educational and cultural trends, in defence of our Arab forthcoming generations against isolation and extremism risks,  and as their  fortification in the face foreign interference risks, and internal division factors. We have exerted every  effort possible for the realization of the minimum limit of Arab solidarity, and will be seeking as to make of the coming stage that of the solidarity among Arabs, and of the coming Arab Summit in Damascus an important stage of the solidarity among the brethren.”

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

 “The Summit of Riyadh was indeed that of the restoration of hope regarding  a new serious start-up   of an Arab joint action paving the way for the reactivation of Arab Solidarity, sought by the nation masses as to encounter the dangerous challenges.”

From H. E. ‘ s Speech at the Arab Summit of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  (March 3,2007)  

“The resolutions adopted by us  in this Summit  reflect our determination , all, as to pursue the march meeting the aspirations of our Arab Nation, mobilize all  our potentialities in the interest of our people objectives, as to surpass the condition of weakness, fortifying our national security, joint defense of our interests and of our generations future.”

 From H. E. ‘ s Speech at the Arab Summit of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  (March 3,2007) 

 

"I think priorities lie in existence of a unified vision upon of the Arab region's future, particularly after the latest developments that had happened in our region. I think that top priority now following Iraq issue and terrorism spreading is stability issue because all of us have become targeted; and stability is the top priority and this is connected with the political and security side.”

 From HE’s Interview with  the Kuwaiti Anba Daily ,  (October 7, 2006)

  "As Arabs if we have viewpoints this is good thing and must be respected if we didn't agree on every thing. We are humans and some disagreements remain between us but through dialogue we bridge the gap. We have to enhance dialogue and not to be a fuel for the international struggle whether Arab against Arab or Arab against others,”

 From HE’s Interview with  the Kuwaiti Anba Daily ,  (October 7, 2006)

 “We hope that all the Arabs meet with any one in the world because we expect them to talk about what achieves the Arab interests, and what the Kuwaiti foreign minister said about representing Syria at the talks was based on a general rule and there was not prior coordination.”

 From HE’s Interview with  the Kuwaiti Anba Daily ,  (October 7, 2006)

  “We should accept to have differences , and if the Arabs have identical view points there is no need for them to meet. The Arabs should sit and talk without protocol because they have the same nature and mentality.” 

From HE’s Interview with  the Kuwaiti Anba Daily ,  (October 7, 2006)

 This is an important fact we should comprehend. In all these matters we have come to the conclusion that relying on the international situation doesn’t yield fruitful results. As Arabs, if we do not search for points of strength, then we have no weight or political performance, and all this talking is mere illusions.”

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

 “In brief, you were the beating heart of Arabism with every sense of the word regarding the heat that will rise and the meaning which will be more powerful when we liberate the Golan by our hands, will and determination.  The destiny of Syria is to be proud of Arabism and to defend and maintain it because it is the only base for a bright and honorable future we build for our children. We have to implant in our hearts and minds that there is no place in this world but for the strong. Strength starts by the power of mind, will and faith and this is the base of resistance and the only way to achieve victory.  However, waiting for others to solve our problems, keeping faith in the international community as an alternative to the faith in our abilities, and yielding our mentality to fear and our will to others, is not only the adverse of wisdom but absolute ignorance.  “

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

 “The Arabs derived their strength from two main sources, the first of which is Islam which is strongly connected with Arabism, and the second is Christianity which emerged among the Arabs in Arabic language which is Aramaic.”

 From HE’s Speech to the Arab Parties  Conference,  ( March 5, 2006)   

 

 “We must face this situation with greater awareness, responsibility and defiance. All the vital forces in the Arab world: every party, organization, and association, intellectual and politician, should take the initiative to analyze the situation and to come up with appropriate means to face this reality, and try to increase our sense of belonging to the Arab nation, its past and present, by supporting the values of openness, tolerance and liberty in Arab society.”

From HE’s Speech to the 10th BASP Regional Conference,  (June 6, 2005)

 “We believe that the ideas and teachings of the party are still relevant and current and respond to the interests of the people and the nation. They express the nation's yearning for unity, liberty, justice and development. Where their implementation has fallen short, it is individuals who bear responsibility, not the idea or the ideology. The validity or invalidity of an idea is tested through its relevance to reality and its responsiveness to needs and requirements. The Ba'ath did not invent the idea of pan-Arabism in society, rather the Ba'ath came about as a natural result of a society imbued with all the elements of Arab nationalism. This nationalism, accused by some of chauvinism and racism, is made up of a human civilization capable of absorbing all the cultures, ethnicities, and spiritual affiliations which have formed this society for thousands of years, and consequently it is the foundation of the development and stability of this society. As long as this national existence is part of the reality of this society, the role of the Ba'ath will remain essential, because it bases itself on a solid reality, and is the mouthpiece for its most progressive forces, as well as the concepts and ideas which express its continuing dynamism.”

 From HE’s Speech to the 10th BASP Regional Conference,  (June 6, 2005)

  “We shall work together to ensure that Syria remains at the heart of Pan Arab dignity.”

 From HE’s Speech to the 10th BASP Regional Conference,  (June 6, 2005) 

  “All Gulf states know that we have not changed our position. There is coordination between those states and us. .. We always stress that we don’t want to win a country to lose another… This is one of the basic principles in the Syrian policy which has been based on strengthening Arab solidarity … Strong relations between the peoples of Syria and Iraq – despite the long severance - give some kind of specialty to the relations between the two countries… This is also applied to the relations with Jordan,"

From HE’s Interview with al-Sharq al-Wsat daily, (January 29, 2004) 

 

“The Arab  nation accommodated itself to this new abnormal situation, and what should have been a state of emergency became the normal state of affairs to the extent that any talk about Arab nationalism or Arab solidarity seems at least to some to be romantic or a waste of time.  Some even started to shed doubt on Arab common interests. Despite this deteriorating state of relations among Arab countries which  might prompt some to be pessimistic and others to be frustrated we should not  surrender to the feeling of utter hopelessness to achieve  any breakthrough in this regard. We should neither surrender to this current reality nor be satisfied with it.”

From HE’s 2000 Inauguration Speech, ( July 17, 2000)

 

“There has to be and healing initiatives that do not  rely on the logic of gain and loss at the country level but at the national level. They should depend on the goal of collective gain that will make individual gain more certain. Such initiatives should also depend on the logic of national dignity and Arab values and  ethics. In this regard we look forward to a more effective role played by the Arab League to achieve this particular goal.”

From HE’s 2000 Inauguration Speech, ( July 17, 2000)

 

“We, in Syria, shall stay as we have always been, supportive of any  solidarity step that might serve the higher interest of the Arab  nation, particularly steps that might lead to the consolidation of  points of agreement among Arab countries in a way that undermines points of difference and division and paves the way for a reasonable level of productive relations among these countries at a first stage  in order to prepare for a better future for these countries at later stages. We have to do that fast because the new international situation gives the position to the stronger party. This is the fact that prompted many countries to establish different regional alliances in order to be stronger in facing international challenges and to gain an extra margin in their maneuvers. We who possess  greater factors to establish a coherent unit are called upon more than any one else in the world to pursue such a project of regional unity. “

From HE’s 2000 Inauguration Speech, ( July 17, 2000) 

 “Unity seems a demand for European states. The two Germanys were united and many states are looking for economic or political blocs with other states which have no substantial connection with them. It would be better for the Arab states which have many historical bonds to look for realizing unity even if it were in stages. If it has not so far been realized, it remains a legitimate target.”

From HE’s Speech to the 9th BASP Regional Conference,  (June 21, 2000)

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

 

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