''This is an attempt at inciting some naive people in Syria, that demographic change is happening in Syria. This is untrue, and most Syrians know it is not. If you visit most of the areas where reconciliations have been achieved, you will find that the population is there. So, why do we displace people from one part and keep them in another? Why don’t we ask everybody to leave these areas? In fact, the Syrian state does not force anybody to leave. Reconciliation gives the choice to the people of the area, whether they want to leave or remain. It also gives the choice to the rebels who can stay if they wanted to lay down their weapons and settle their legal status, or leave if they don’t want to do that.''

 

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

 

''In fact, most of the rebels who leave are those who reject reconciliation. And the civilians who leave with them are their families. They leave together. The state does not ask anyone to leave. Second, if the state wants to effect demographic change, why doesn’t it bring people from other areas to settle them in the place of the original population? The areas whose population have left as a result of terrorist acts are still empty up till now. Nobody at all lives there, and the properties there are still registered in the name of the original population or owners. So, this is completely untrue and has no value whatsoever.''

 

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

 

 

"We said that there are two axes: the first is fighting the terrorists; and this is not subject to any discussion, and we don’t have any other choice in dealing with the terrorists except fighting them. The other axis, the political one, includes two points: first, dialogue with the different political forces over the future of Syria; and second: local reconciliations, in the sense that we negotiate with the terrorists in a certain village or city, depending on each case separately. The objective of this reconciliation is for them to lay down their weapons and receive an amnesty from the state, and consequently return to their normal life. This approach has been implemented during the past three or four years, has succeeded, and is ongoing now. These are the axes which we can work on in order to find a solution to the Syrian crisis."

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

"There is a dialogue between us as Syrians, there are meetings, and people live with each other, i.e. there is no real barrier. The problem now is that with every step we make towards a solution and regaining stability, the terrorist gangs receive more money and weapons in order to blow the situation up. That’s why I can say that the solution should be stopping outside support to the terrorists. As far as we are concerned in Syria, reconciliation among all Syrians, and forgetting and forgiving all that happened in the past throughout this war, is the way to restore safety to Syria. Rest assured that Syria will be then much stronger than it was before the war."

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

"That needs a dialogue between the widest spectrum of the Syrian society, because at the end, you’re going to have a referendum regarding that point. The government cannot take a decision, say “this is good, this is bad for the country or for the future.” So, I’d rather not to say my vision for Syria, I’d rather say what’s the Syrian vision of the future of our country. So, it needs a dialogue, but it’s still early to talk about, now we are discussing this, but the priority of the Syrian people now is to fight terrorism. How? It’s a luxury now to talk about politics while you’re going to be killed maybe in a few minutes, you have terrorist attacks. So, this is the priority, getting rid of the extremists, the political reconciliation in the different areas, this is another priority. When you achieve these two, you can talk about every discussion you want to regarding any issue."

 

From President Assad's Statements to EU Media Outlets, March 13, 2017

"You are correct. The more delay you have, the more harm and destruction and killing and blood you’ll have within Syria, that’s why we are very eager to achieve a solution, but how and in which way? You need to have two parallel ways: the first one is to fight the terrorists, and this is our duty as government, to defend the Syrians and use any means in order to destroy the terrorists who’ve been killing and destroying in Syria. The second one is to make dialogue. This dialogue has many different aspects; you have the political one, which is related to the future of Syria; what political system do you need, what kind? It doesn’t matter which one, it depends on the Syrians, and they’re going to have referendum about what they want. The second part is to try to bring many of those people who were affiliated to the terrorists  or who committed any terrorist acts to go back to their normality and lay down their armaments and to live normal life in return for amnesty that has been offered by the government, and we’ve been going in that direction for three years, and it worked very well. It worked very well. So, actually, if you want to talk about the real political solution since the beginning of the crisis, of the war on Syria, till this moment, the only solution was those reconciliations between the government and the different militants in Syria, many of them joined the government now, and they are fighting with the government. Some of them laid down their.

 

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


"The Syrian People are determined to defend their country and to pursue the path of national reconciliations as the best way forward for ending war and achieving the peaceful solution,"

From H.E. President Assad's statements upon receiving a Russian Parliamentarian delegation chaired by MP Dmitry Sablin, February 8, 2017.

 

"It’s not clear yet whether this meeting is going to be about any political dialogue, because it’s not clear who’s going to participate in it. So far, it’s about talking between the government and the terrorist groups in order to make ceasefire and to allow those terrorist groups to join the reconciliations in Syria, which means giving up your armaments and having amnesty from the government. This is the only thing that we can expect in the meantime."

From President Assad's  interview to the Japanese TBS TV, January 20, 2017.

 

"My decision was, and the decision of the different institutions, and the decision of the different officials in Syria – I’m on top of them – was to have dialogue, to fight terrorists, and to reform as a response at the very beginning, response to the allegations, let’s say, at that time, that they needed reform in Syria, we responded."

From President Assad RTP TV Interview, December 14, 2016

 

" No, we do not have any assurances. Based on our experience during the past three years, since we began these measures: reconciliations and granting amnesty to militants, we can say that the large majority of them went back to their normal lives. Even more, some of them have fought with the Syrian Army, for some have joined the army officially and some fought with it as civilians. Some of them actually fell martyrs. We cannot say that there is one category which includes all these people, but the largest majority have embraced the state. That’s why we are carrying on in this direction as long as the gains are much larger than the losses."

From President Assad's Russia 24 and NTV channels Interview, December 14, 2016

 

"As President I define the policy of the country, according to our policy, the main pillars of this policy during the crisis is to fight terrorism, which I think is correct and we will not going to change it, of course, to make dialogue between the Syrians, and I think which is correct, the third one which is proven to be effective during the last two years is the reconciliations; local reconciliations with the militants who have been holding machineguns against the people and against the government and against the army, and this one has, again, proven that it’s a good step. So, these are the pillars of this policy. You cannot talk about mistakes in this policy. You can talk about mistakes in the implementation of the policy, that could be related to the individuals."

From President Assad's Swiss SRF 1 TV Interview, October 19, 2016

 

'If you have any other option like the reconciliations in other areas, that’s the best option, not the war, and that’s why we announced – we gave many amnesties to hundreds, and maybe thousands, not hundreds, thousands of militants, in order to save blood, and it worked. That’s why we said we give them guarantee, whether they want to have reconciliation and to have the amnesty, or to leave with their armaments outside the city of Aleppo completely, to leave the city safe, and for the people to go back to their normal life.'

From H.E. President Assad's Danish TV2 Interview, October 6, 2016

 

"National Reconciliation is the best and most important way to put an end to the violence, destruction and acts of terrorism hitting the homeland…Today, after the danger of these violent acts on our homeland has become evident to all, President Bashar Al-Assad urges all the Syrians, who carried weapons, to return to the homeland lap and lay down their arms and he stresses that they will find Syria, as it has been, the tender mother who embraces all her children and protect them and their future. By doing this, we all can restore the security and stability of which we have been proud."

From H.E. President Assad's statement, July 28, 2016.

 

"The chance is now available to all who carried weapons to confirm their belongingness to the homeland, to abandon violence and weapon and then be engaged in Syria's reconstruction process. They will find that tolerance will prevail and all eyes will look at the future and at building Syria's future in a way that satisfies all the Syrians and that fits the country's history, civilization and identity of which we have been proud."

From H.E. President Assad's statement, July 28, 2016.

 

 

''We have good relations with the opposition within Syria based on the national principles. Of course, they have their own political agenda and they have their own beliefs, and we have our own agenda and our beliefs, and the way we can make the dialogue either directly or through the ballot boxes; it could be a different way of dialogue, which is the situation in every country. But we cannot compare them with the other oppositions outside Syria, because the word “opposition” means to resort to peaceful means, not to support terrorists, and not to be formed outside your country, and to have grassroots, to have real grassroots made of Syrian people. You cannot have your grassroots be the foreign ministry in the UK, France or the intelligence in Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the United States. This is not opposition, this is called, in that case, you are called a traitor. So, they call them oppositions, we call them traitors. The real opposition is the one that works for the Syrian people and is based in Syria and its agenda derived its vision from the Syrian people and the Syrian interests.''

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

''The only two decisions that we’ve taken since the beginning of the crisis are to defend our country against the terrorists, and that’s a correct decision. The second one is to make dialogue with everyone. We made dialogue with everyone, including some terrorist groups who wanted to give up their armaments, and we made it. We’re very flexible. We didn’t take any decision to attack any area that doesn’t include terrorists or where terrorists don’t shell the others’ cities
adjacent to them.''

From President Assad's Interview with NBC News, July 14, 2016.

''There is an end in sight, and the solution is very clear. It’s simple yet impossible. It’s simple because the solution is very clear, how to make dialogue between the Syrians about the political process, but at the same time fighting the terrorism and the terrorists in Syria. Without fighting terrorists, you cannot have any real solution. It’s impossible because the countries that supported those terrorists, whether Western or regional like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, don’t want to stop sending all kinds of support to those terrorists. So, if we start with stopping this logistical support, and as Syrians go to dialogue, talk about the constitution, about the future of Syria, about the future of the political system, the solution is very near, not far from reach.''

From President Assad's Interview with the Australian SBS TV, July 1, 2016.

 

"They started talking about it only a few months ago.  For us, from the very beginning, we started this process on a local basis, something we called local reconciliation where you have this cessation of hostility, where you give the militants amnesty or offer them amnesty, in order to either join the Syrian Army or to go back to their normal civilian life."

From H.E. President Assad's ARD Interview, March 1, 2016.

 

"We did.  We already did it, and that’s what I talked about, that’s what I mentioned as reconciliations.  With reconciliation, you have to talk to the militants, you don’t talk to a political opposition, you talk to the people who are fighting on the ground."  

From H.E. President Assad's ARD Interview, March 1, 2016.

 

"It’s not only about Syria.  Our job is to do two things, since the beginning of the crisis we adopted two tracks: making dialogue with everyone; countries, states, factions, militants, and so on, in order to preserve stability or restore stability." 

From H.E. President Assad's ARD Interview, March 1, 2016.

 

"In general, if we want to talk about the principles, from the very beginning we said that we’re going to fight terrorism and we’re going to make dialogue. We open dialogue with everyone except the terrorist groups. And we allowed the terrorists at the same time, we opened the door for them, if they want to lay down their armaments to go back to their normal life to be offered with full amnesty."

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

 

 "We have fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis; however, if we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism. The two tracks are inevitable in Syria: first, through negotiations, and second through fighting terrorism. And the two tracks are separate from each other."

From H.E. President Assad's AFP Interview, February 12, 2016.


''The two things we have based our politics on are two pillars, are dialogue and fighting terrorism. Today we are going to keep fighting terrorism and we are going to continue the dialogue with every involved party in Syria.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015. 

 

''Since the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, we adopted the dialogue approach with every party that is involved in the Syrian conflict, and we dealt positively, responded positively, to every initiative that has been launched by different states around the world regardless of the real intention and the genuineness of the people or the officials who started those initiatives.''

From H.E.'s Spanish News Agency  EFE Interview, December 11, 2015.

 

''What we called “the reconciliation” is the only real political solution that has reached fruitful solution and positive reality in different places in Syria. The crux of the reconciliation is based on them giving up their armaments as terrorists and the government gives them amnesty or pardon. Of course, this the only way, and this is the good way I think to solve the problem.''

From H.E.'s Spanish News Agency  EFE Interview, December 11, 2015.


 

"If it is related to a settlement in Syria, then early elections have nothing to do with ending the conflict. This can only happen by fighting terrorists and ceasing Western and regional support for terrorists…Early elections will only be held as part of a comprehensive dialogue about future by the political powers and the civil society groups in Syria.:

From H.E. President Bashar Assad's Sunday Times Interview, December 6, 2015.

"Let me continue, that was only an introduction to my answer.  It is very simple.  Since the very beginning, we built our policy around two pillars, engaging in dialogue with everyone, and fighting terrorism everywhere in Syria."

 From H.E. President Bashar Assad's Sunday Times Interview, December 6, 2015.

"We in Syria call that reconciliation process, when they give up arms and go back to their normal life, the government offers them amnesty."

From H.E. President Assad's  interview with the Czech TV, December 1, 2015

"It is amnesty if you go back to your normal life, amnesty is full amnesty, you are not charged with any conviction, you are free to live your normal life, peaceful life, do not fight and do not hold machineguns, do not terrorize people. This reconciliation has succeeded in Syria. Actually, it has achieved more than any political process. So we do not say we do not deal with those terrorists because if they change their position of course you have to deal with them, but when you talk about the ISIS and Al Nusra and Al Qaeda offshoots, they are not ready to give up their arms, they are not ready to make negotiations with the government anyway. They do not accept and of course we do not accept, their ideology is against the government and against the whole country. They do not recognize borders; they do not recognize the others who are not like them. So, it is difficult and impossible to do any reconciliation with them; but I’m talking about the other groups who terrorize for money, or maybe for fear, for any other reason, we succeeded in making negotiations with them."

From H.E. President Assad's  interview with the Czech TV, December 1, 2015

"Since the beginning of this crisis we said we are ready to make negotiation with anyone, so whether these groups we know that are related to the French not to the Syrians and so on we deal with them as opposition that represents that country, because the Syrians know the reality. So we are not against any kind of cooperation or dialogue or negotiations, dialogue is the most precise one, but at the end, if you make an agreement with those opposition that do not have grass roots in Syria, what will you achieve? That is a simple question. We can make negotiations for months, then at the end who is going to implement if they have no influence on the terrorists, do not have grass roots and do not influence the Syrians? What is the meaning of that meeting? In principle we do not say no, we say yes, but in reality we cannot tell people that this is the hope that we have and this is how we will solve the problem."

From H.E. President Assad's  interview with the Czech TV, December 1, 2015

 

"We deal with some of the militants, because we need reconciliations in Syria. If you want to make reconciliations, local reconciliations, you want to talk to the people who have the armaments. So, we dealt with them, and there’s cooperation between the Syrians and the Russians regarding this kind of reconciliation. So, yes, they did recently, and we encourage them to do so, because this is the most effective way to make the situation better and to reach peace in the future."

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

"But it was merely a slogan. Nevertheless, and from the very beginning we called for a political dialogue among Syrian political forces. The result of that dialogue was that the constitution was changed, and the provisions which they claimed, or as some have claimed to be the cause of the crisis, have also been changed. New laws, providing for more freedoms, were passed, new parties established and the media law was changed. All the things which were demanded, or which were used as slogans in the demonstrations, were implemented."

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

"Returning to dialogue and continuing the dialogue which is conducted from time to time is the solution for the Syrian crisis."

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

"It is self-evident that no state in the world conducts dialogue with terrorists, because terrorists, like other citizens, should be subject to the laws and should be brought to account."

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

"There are ideological terrorist groups which do not believe in dialogue. They reject dialogue and reject reconciliation. They believe that these killings and these acts of terrorism are part of religion and part of Islam. They believe that when they commit these acts and get killed, they have done a service to religion, and then go to heaven. It is impossible to conduct dialogue with these groups; they do not accept it and we do not accept it."

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


"When we talk about dialogue among the Syrians, this dialogue has two aspects: there is a dialogue on the future of Syria, and it includes all Syrians. Every Syrian has the right to express an opinion in this dialogue in order to know the shape of the Syria we want. Later, there are institutions, there is the public opinion, there is a referendum on a constitution which might be produced by this dialogue. Whatever the people decide, then, will be binding to us as a state and for me as an official. But there is also a dialogue which is specific to the crisis: how to put an end to terrorism and how to restore security. If we talk about political reform, it does not concern the terrorists, because terrorists do not fight for political reform. They fight because they receive money or because they have a perverted doctrine, or because they want to have a role in a state that becomes another state’s client."

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


"This dialogue requires an answer to the following questions: If we agree on something, what is our impact in reality? If we conducted a dialogue and reached the best possible ideas but without being able to implement them because the opposition we are conducting dialogue with has no influence on the terrorists, what do we get? On the other hand, shall we conduct dialogue with an opposition tied to foreign powers?"

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

 

''The first part regarding the political process, since the beginning of the crisis we adopted the dialogue approach, and there were many rounds of dialogue between Syrians in Syria, in Moscow, and in Geneva. Actually, the only step that has been made or achieved was in Moscow 2, not in Geneva, not in Moscow 1, and actually it’s a partial step, it’s not a full step, and that’s natural because it’s a big crisis. You cannot achieve solutions in a few hours or a few days. It’s a step forward, and we are waiting for Moscow 3. I think we need to continue the dialogue between the Syrian entities, political entities or political currents, in parallel with fighting terrorism in order to achieve or reach a consensus about the future of Syria. So, that’s what we have to continue.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Russian Media Interview, September 16, 2015.

  ''the political dialogue and track are essential not just to resolve the crisis, but also to develop Syria. However, the elements or environment necessary to have this dialogue reach final results haven’t coalesced yet, and this is accompanied by the continuing support for terrorism which constitutes a huge obstacle hindering any actual and productive political effort on the ground."

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

"But we are ready for any dialogue, taking into consideration that it’s going to be for the interest of the Syrian citizens."

From President Assad's France 2 TV Interview, April 20, 2015

 "We are always interested in dialogue with anyone, but that is based on the policy. How can we make dialogue with a regime that supports terrorists in our country, and what for? That’s the question. When they change their policy, we’ll be ready to make dialogue, but without that policy, there’s no aim for the dialogue. You don’t make dialogue for the sake of dialogue; you make it in order to reach certain results, and that result for me is for this government to stop supporting the terrorists in my country."

From President Assad's France 2 TV Interview, April 20, 2015


''Actually, yes. We can say yes, because this meeting was the first time to reach – because you know we had many dialogues before – this is the first time to reach an agreement upon some of the principles that could make the foundation for the next dialogue between the Syrians. We haven’t finalized it yet, because the schedule of that meeting was very comprehensive, so four days wasn’t enough. Actually, two days, it was four days, but two days between the government and the other opposition representatives. It wasn’t enough to finalize the schedule, but because when you have a breakthrough, even if it’s a partial breakthrough, it means that the next meeting will be promising in reaching a full agreement about what are the principles of Syrian dialogue that will bring a Syrian, let’s say, solution to the conflict.''

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

''We discussed with him the plan for Aleppo, and it comes in line with our efforts in making reconciliations in different areas in Syria. This is where we succeeded, and this is where you could make things better, when you have people going back to their normality, when the government gives them amnesty and they turn in their armaments, and so on.  So, his plan for Aleppo comes in line with the same principle of reconciliation, so we supported it from the very beginning, and we still support his efforts in that regard.''

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

''I mean, the two things that we adopted in the very beginning: fight the terrorists, and at the same make dialogue, and we started dialogue during the first year, a few months after the beginning of the conflicts in Syria. We invited everyone to the table to make dialogue, and we cooperated with every initiative that came from the United Nations, from the Arab League, and from any other country, regardless of the credibility of that initiative, just in order not to leave any stone unturned and not to give anyone the excuse that they didn’t do this or didn’t do that. So, we tried everything. So, I don’t think anyone could say that we should have gone in a different way, whether regarding the dialogue or fighting terrorism. These are the main pillars of our policy since the beginning of the problem. Now, any policy needs execution and implementation. In implementation, you always have mistakes and that’s natural. So, to talk about doing things differently, it could be about the details sometimes, but I don’t think now the Syrians would say we don’t want to make dialogue or we don’t want to fight terrorism.''

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

''In order for this dialogue to succeed, it should be purely Syrian. In other words, there shouldn’t be any outside influence on the participants in this dialogue. The problem is that a number of the participants in the dialogue are supported by foreign Western and regional countries which influence their decisions. As you know, only a few days ago, one of these parties announced that they will not participate in the dialogue. They didn’t participate in the first round.''

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

''So, for this dialogue to succeed, the Syrian parties taking part in it should be independent and should express what the Syrian people, with all their political affiliations want. Then, the dialogue will succeed. That’s why the success of this initiative requires that other countries not interfere, as Moscow proposed in the first round; for the dialogue to be among the Syrians with the Russians facilitating the dialogue among the Syrians without imposing any ideas on them. If things happen this way, I believe this dialogue will achieve positive results for stability in Syria.''

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

 '' The truth is that national reconciliation in Syria has achieved great results, and led to the improvement of security conditions for many Syrian people in different parts of the country. So, what happened yesterday comes within this framework, and we will continue this policy which has proved successful until progress is achieved on the political track which we hope will be achieved in this consultative meeting in Moscow next April.''

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

 

"The solution is political, but if you want to sit with someone or a party that doesn’t influence the situation on the ground, it’s going to be talk for the sake of talk, that’s correct. We didn’t choose the other party in Geneva. It was chosen by the West, by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia, by Qatar. It wasn’t a Syrian opposition that we made dialogue with. You’re right; if you want to make dialogue, you have to make it with Syrian opposition, Syrian partner, Syrian people who represents Syrians in Syria, not who represent other countries."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview  to the Portuguese RTP, March 4, 2015.

"So, we have common things with some of the opposition that were invited to Moscow, so this is just the beginning of the dialogue. The dialogue may take a long time. But at the end, if you want to not talk about dialogue, talk about the end results on the ground, the question is, who of those parties that we call opposition, who of them represent Syrian people and can influence the militants on the ground in order to save Syrian blood? That is the question. We don’t have an answer yet, because they have to prove, we don’t have to prove. We know we have our army, the army will obey the government, if the government gives an order, it will follow the order. But what about the others? Who is going to control the terrorists? That is the question."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview  to the Portuguese RTP, March 4, 2015.

 

" From the very beginning we were open. We engaged in dialogue with every party in Syria. Party doesn’t mean political party; it could be party, current, or some personality, it could be any political entity. We changed the constitution and we are open to anything. But when you want to do something, it’s not about the position or about the government, it’s about the Syrians; sometimes you might have a majority that doesn’t belong to any side. So when you want to make a change, as long as you’re talking about a national problem, every Syrian must have a say in it. When you have a dialogue, it’s not between the government and the opposition; it’s between the different Syrian parties and entities. That’s how we look at dialogue. This is first. Second, whatever solution you want to make, at the end you should go back to the people through a referendum, because you’re talking about the constitution; changing the political system, You have to go back to the Syrian people. So engaging in a dialogue is different from taking decisions, which is not done by the government or the opposition."

From H.E. President Assad Foreign Affairs Magazine interview, January 26th, 2015.

"In fact, reconciliation efforts succeeded in most areas because the people who took part in them realized that before reconciliation they were moving in the wrong direction. They also realized that they were used as tools in return for the money flowing from Qatar and Saudi Arabia and in the service of the closed-minded Muslim Brotherhood ideology of Erdogan in Turkey. They realized that they have done harm to their country, so they turned in the right direction, and here reconciliation was successful. So, my answer is that the process has succeeded, and that the doors are open now more than any time before for reconciliation. By time, more Syrians will join the reconciliation and more Syrians will realize that they cannot go on in the same direction, unless we want to destroy our society, ourselves, and our country completely."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad  interview with the Czech Literarni Noviny, January 15, 2015.

 "So, we are going to Russia not to start a dialogue, but to meet these different personalities to discuss the basis of dialogue when it starts: like the unity of Syria, containing terrorist organizations, supporting the army, fighting terrorism, and things like this. As to what I expect from this meeting, I think we should be realistic, since we are dealing with personalities."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad  interview with the Czech Literarni Noviny, January 15, 2015.

 

 " the political solution is based on domestic reconciliations. The reconciliations do not  oppose nor replace national dialogue about the future of the homeland and the form of the state,"

From H.E.  President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.

"National reconciliations are not contradictory with, neither do they replace, the national dialogue, which the state has started with various political forces and social actors.  We will continue with this dialogue and remain open to all ideas, opinions and perspectives especially since this dialogue should not be limited to the current circumstances. It needs to be a dialogue about the future of the country, the structure of the state and all aspects of our society related or unrelated to the crisis, and regardless of whether they preceded it or are a consequence of it."

From H.E.  President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.

"If the state had extended on open hand to all from the beginning of the crisis; today, and after this tough and highly costly national test, the dialogue will not include those who have proven their lack of patriotism by evading dialogue. Neither will it include those who bet on a change of the balance of power and when they lost, changed direction in the hope of not missing the train, nor will it include those who claimed concern for the country whilst giving, through their positions, cover to terrorists in exchange for favours or bribes received from abroad. As for the declared client forces, we do not engage in dialogue with them as Syrians but as representatives of the countries they swore allegiance to and became spokesmen for."

From H.E.  President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.

 

"The truth is that these initiatives may be more important than Geneva, because the majority of those fighting and carrying out terrorist operations on the ground have no political agenda. Some of them have become professional armed robbers, and others, as you know, are takfiri organisations fighting for an extremist Islamic emirate and things of that kind. Geneva means nothing for these groups. For this reason, the direct action and the models that have been achieved in Moadamiyeh, in Barzeh and other places in Syria has proven to be very effective. But this is separate from the political process, which is about the political future of Syria. These reconciliations have helped stability and have eased the bloodshed in Syria, both of which help pave the way for the political dialogue I mentioned earlier."

From H.E. President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Agence France Presse AFP January  20,2014.

"The Syrian initiative was put forward exactly a year ago, in January of last year. It's a complete initiative that covers both political and security aspects and other dimensions that would lead to stability. All of these details are part of the initiative that Syria previously put forward. However, any initiative, whether this one or any other, must be the result of a dialogue between Syrians. The essence of anything that is proposed, whether it's the crisis itself, fighting terrorism, or the future political vision and political system for Syria, requires the approval of Syrians. Our initiative was based on a process to facilitate this dialogue rather than a process to express the government's point of view. It has always been our view that any initiative must be collective and produced by both the political actors in Syria and the Syrian people in general."

From H.E. President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Agence France Presse AFP January  20,2014.

 

" So, communication and dialogue are necessary in relations between states."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with TeleSUR TV, September 26, 2013.

 

"dialogue is inevitable among Syrians, all Syrian parties about the future of Syria. This dialogue should start with the political system in the country: which system do the Syrians want, and consequently address the laws and regulations that stem from that system."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with TeleSUR TV, September 26, 2013.

"As for the principle of the Geneva conference, it is an important and necessary step towards paving the way for dialogue between Syrian constituents. But the Geneva conference cannot replace internal Syrian dialogue, and certainly it does not replace the opinion of the people, which should be determined through a referendum. These are the broad lines of our vision for political action to solve the Syrian crisis; all these elements will not achieve any real results on the ground if support for terrorism is not stopped."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with TeleSUR TV, September 26, 2013.

"Discussing a solution at the beginning of the crisis is very different to discussing it today. From the beginning I have emphasized that a resolution can only be achieved through dialogue, which would lead to solutions that can be implemented through political measures."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Le Figaro Interview September 3, 2013.

"We have provided guarantees and I have spoken of these political points including guarantees of security to any member of the opposition wanting to come to Syria for the purpose of dialogue."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Le Figaro Interview September 3, 2013.

 

"We call for dialogue or solutions, they need to be home-grown in order to ensure that they lead to the Syria we aspire to."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper June 17,2013.

"From day one we have extended a hand to all those who believe in dialogue; this position has not changed. At the start of the crisis, we held a national dialogue conference whilst simultaneously fighting terrorists. But when we talk about the opposition, we should not put them all into one basket; it is imperative to differentiate between terrorists and politicians. In Germany, you have an opposition but they are not armed. Opposition is a political act, and so when we refer to the opposition, we mean the politicians to whom we are always committed to dialogue, regardless of what happened in Al-Qseir."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper June 17,2013.

"we supported dialogue; from day one, we announced that we agreed to conduct a dialogue with all Syrian parties. When the first stage, which was often referred to as 'the peaceful stage' failed, they shifted gear and started to support the armed groups. Erdogan lies and uses those proposals as a mask; we accept advice from any party, but we do not, under any circumstances, accept intervention in internal Syrian affairs. It seems that Erdogan misunderstood our position; he understood that the brotherly relations between Syria and Turkey allow him to interfere in internal Syrian affairs with the objective of overthrowing the Syrian state. But the situation was clear to me from the very early days."

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper April 6, 2013.

"The red lines are foreign intervention. Any dialogue should be a Syrian dialogue only. No foreign intervention is allowed in this dialogue. Other than this, there are no red lines. Syrian citizens can discuss anything they want, because Syria is the homeland for all Syrians and they can discuss anything they want. There are no red lines."

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper April 6, 2013.

 

"I announced the plan, I said that it was for those who interested in dialogue, because you cannot make a plan that is based on dialogue with somebody who does not believe in dialogue. So, I was very clear regarding this."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with The Sunday Times, March 4, 2013.

"Secondly, this open dialogue should not be between exclusive groups but between all Syrians of every level. The dialogue is about the future of Syria. We are twenty three million Syrians and all of us have the right to participate in shaping the country’s future. Some may look at it as a dialogue between the government and certain groups in the opposition - whether inside or outside, external or internal -actually this is a very shallow way of looking at the dialogue. It is much more comprehensive. It is about every Syrian and about every aspect of Syrian life. Syria’s future cannot be determined simply by who leads it but by the ambitions and aspirations of all its people."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with The Sunday Times, March 4, 2013.

"The other aspect of the dialogue is that it opens the door for militants to surrender their weapons and we have granted many amnesties to facilitate this. This is the only way to make a dialogue with those groups. This has already started, even before the plan, and some have surrendered their weapons and they live now their normal life. But this plan makes the whole process more methodical, announced and clear."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with The Sunday Times, March 4, 2013.

 "If you want to talk about the opposition, there is another misconception in the West. They put all the entities even if they are not homogeneous in one basket – as if everything against the government is opposition. We have to be clear about this. We have opposition that are political entities and we have armed terrorists. We can engage in dialogue with the opposition but we cannot engage in dialogue with terrorists; we fight terrorism. Another phrase that is often mentioned is the ‘internal opposition inside Syria’ or ‘internal opposition as loyal to the government.’ Opposition groups should be loyal and patriotic to Syria – internal and external opposition is not about the geographic position; it is about their roots, resources and representation. Have these roots been planted in Syria and represent Syrian people and Syrian interests or the interests of foreign government? So, this is how we look at the dialogue, this is how we started and how we are going to continue."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with The Sunday Times, March 4, 2013.

 

 

 " We will dialogue and extend our hands always and ever  to dialogue with parties and individuals and with all who put their guns down, "

From H.E. President Al-Assad speech at the Opera House in Damascus, January 6th, 2013.

" The second phase includes the comprehensive national dialogue with a commitment to the sovereignty of Syria , halting terrorism and violence  and the unity and integrity of Syria;  this dialogue would present the constitutional system, issues and agreement on new laws for elections, which are to be put for popular referendum. An expanded government  is to be assigned the role of implementing  the said articles, the constitution is to be put  to a popular referendum  and then  new parliamentary elections are to be held , in case an agreement on laws and constitution was achieved,"

From H.E. President Al-Assad speech at the Opera House in Damascus, January 6th, 2013.

" dialogue should not be with  an extremist thinking  which believes but in the language of blood , killing and terrorism , " We dialogue with the master, and never with the slaves,"

From H.E. President Al-Assad speech at the Opera House in Damascus, January 6th, 2013.

 

''Does dialogue and the political solution we are talking about prevent terrorists from doing what they have been doing so far? And have those terrorists cut heads, caused explosions, committed assassinations and all forms of ugly terrorism because there are two Syrian parties who have politically disagreed with each other? Does this mean that when we conduct a dialogue and agree to a political solution, these terrorists will come and say that since the causes have been removed, we give up terrorism? This talk is illogical.''

From H.E.'s Parliament Speech, (June 3, 2012)

 ''The upcoming dialogue, regardless of what form it takes, and regardless of the results it will produce, should be ultimately endorsed by the people. This can take place in one of two ways: either through the representatives of the people, IE the People's Assembly, or through a direct referendum on the part of the population like what happened in the referendum over the constitution. This will also depend on the type of proposal in the national dialogue.''

From H.E.'s Parliament Speech, (June 3, 2012

''Since we are talking about the people's dialogue with its representatives, the People's Assembly should have a role in this dialogue. Some people might ask at what stage has the dialogue arrived? In my last speech in January I talked about dialogue. We have always said that we are prepared and our doors are open for dialogue, and there are different opposition forces. Some of them have declared their willingness to take part in the dialogue and some have not declared that. A part of the patriotic opposition has taken part in the elections and expressed a real desire and willingness to take part in the dialogue and they are with us in this room. They came to the People's Assembly though their popular support base which they represent.''

From H.E.'s Parliament Speech, (June 3, 2012) 

''Syria's doors are open to all those who want real reform and genuine dialogue. Our hearts are open to engage every true Syrian in the process of raising the standard of our state. There is no going back on the reforms and the openness we have carried out. Syria is moving forward towards the future despite its wounds. Syria is the homeland of all its children no matter how much their opinion differed as long as the differences remains peaceful and democratic and for the sake of the country, not against it.''

From H.E.'s Parliament Speech, (June 3, 2012) 

''There was a question about dialogue. We launched the dialogue in July, and we were supposed to start with the extensive dialogue and then move to the central dialogue. However, different forces exerted pressure to reverse the process and we agreed and finished the first phase of the dialogue without the contribution of all the opposition forces. Only part of them participated in the dialogue which was a very fruitful dialogue with a wide participation from the different institutions in the governorates.''

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

 

''Two months ago it was suggested to start the third phase of the dialogue on the central level, and I can say that we, as a state, political party, or authority, are ready to start tomorrow and have no problem in that. However, some of the opposition forces are not ready. Part of them wants to conduct a secret dialogue for certain personal gains, as I mentioned earlier, and another part wants to wait and see how things go so that they determine where to go. But we will not wait for those forces to come and join in a celebratory dialogue which is conducted just to show off. We are now having dialogue with other forces which are ready to have a public dialogue and we are discussing the ideas which were raised earlier. What I wanted to clarify is that the delay in the dialogue is not caused by Syria.''

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

''We have even accepted to have dialogue under the Arab initiative which was built on the idea of conducting dialogue with all the forces including hostile forces which committed crimes of terrorism in the seventies and the eighties of the last century. We said that we did not have a problem in conducting dialogue with these forces if they wanted to come to Syria, and we gave all the guarantees. In other words, we do not have any restrictions to dialogue and we will show full openness when see that everybody is ready for the dialogue and has a perspective on that dialogue. We are ready to start dialogue right away.''
 

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

 

''At any rate, Syria now needs all its honest sons, regardless of their political attitudes. And when we talk about the coming phase, while we are still at the beginning of the New Year, some talk about the new Syria. But I say we do not have a ‘new Syria’ but a ‘renewed Syria’ because renewal is a continuous process and we are talking here about a new phase, rather than a new Syria. We have to understand the requirements of every phase; otherwise, all that we have said will be futile. What we have dealt with comprises procedures and regulations whose implementation does not succeed without the awareness needed for any process of development and transition. I can give an answer to this by saying that the previous ten months, with all their miseries, were very helpful in this regard as they proved to the Syrian people that they are capable with their awareness to present a model of a modern country which is stages and centuries ahead of other countries. I was talking about a hundred and fifty years, but actually we are capable of becoming one thousand years ahead of those countries which try to give us lessons about democracy, and I am confident that this future will come. Even so, the more we are capable of spreading the state awareness which we have witnessed, the better the situation. There is no doubt that despite the presence of an overall awareness in Syria, there are small holes of ignorance which might influence the general situation, and we do not want such holes and certain cases of ignorance to influence the process of development. We rather want to have a maximum level of positives and a minimum level of negatives.''

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

 

''The national dialogue doesn't mean certain elites or the dialogue of the opposition with the loyalists or the authority, and it is not only limited to politics but it is a dialogue with all spectrum of the  Syrian people on all issues of the homeland,''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

 ''National Dialogue Commission's top priority is  to consult with different parties to reach the best form which enables us to achieve our reform project within definite programs and dates… we can say that the national dialogue was the title of the current stage.''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011) 

''The urgent demands of people have been implemented before the beginning of the dialogue…we lifted Emergency Law and abolished State Security Court; we issued an organizing law for the right to peaceful demonstration. A committee was formed to set the draft bill for the new  election law as another committee was formed to set legislations and the necessary mechanisms to combat corruption,''

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

 "Dialogue is a very important process to which we have to give a chance. If we want to make Syria's future a success, it should be based on this dialogue, we can't always expect a vision coming from the state and the government as few dozens of people can't plan for dozens of millions."

From H.E's Damascus University Speech  ( June 20, 2011)

  

"Therefore dialogue between us is always important for the region and the world. At the same time it is always a fruitful and productive dialogue. That is how the situation was today during my discussion with President Medvedev,"

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

 

"Dialogue and understanding among the countries of this region; recognition and respect of all countries interests is the best way to solve their problems and boost their position in the international arena,"

From H.E.'s Press Dinner Speech in honor of the Armenian President, (March 22,2009)

  ''Dialogue is the sole means for solving the region crises,''

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

 

“The world has started to hear today of a new discourse calling for dialogue based on reciprocal respect, which raises hope. However, the hoped for is to match words with serious work as to achieve a just solution for the causes of the Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus.”

 From His Excellency’s Statements during Armenia Visit, (June 17, 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 future is for the dialogue and intercommunication among people and cultures.”

 From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 27, 2009) 

“This is about the culture in Europe. How to open the mind to differentiate between the practice and the ideology. I am a Moslem, I could have the best ideology but the worst practice. So it is about me not about the ideology. This is the mistake of the person not the religion. You have good and you have bad. Like if you have a bad person, is it because he is Christian? It is because he is bad. That is it. Of course if you want to use any ideology as a mantle you can use it. You can say I am doing this because I am Muslim but you are doing this because you are a closed-minded person. They link this wrong practice with Islam. For example they say "Islamic terrorism"! There is nothing called "Islamic terrorism" but those terrorists use Islam as mantle so they link these two things to each other. Actually, a terrorist is a terrorist. Terrorism is terrorism. There is no relation between the two things.”

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

 “It is about dialogue. If you do not have dialogue, if you do not understand differences between Islam and terrorism it is a big problem to the societies in the West. When you have the technology you created all these technologies in order to exchange information not only to export it. The problem in the West, especially in the United States more than Europe - Europe is more open anyway, they have more knowledge about what is happening in the world - is that at the end big and large part of the people do not import. Especially the media: it is the responsibility of the media to import the information and to import the analysis, because when you have different cultures you cannot have the same analysis, you have to translate the concept to their culture. This is when you need translation not only for language but for the culture itself.”

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

 

"The dialogue course wasn't adopted in a many Western countries who were adopting the isolation policy as well as the intimidation strategy. Some of them is even adopting a war policy," ; "It's just lately that new tendencies started to emerge,"

 From His Excellency Interview given to Al-MANAR TV   (September 4, 2008)

  "It is not possible to say that we are in ideal circumstances for dialogue between states but we are attempting to found the bases of such dialogue."

 From His Excellency Interview given to Al-MANAR TV   (September 4, 2008)

  

“We receive some news that more than a foreigner official saying that he/she would visit Syria; but asking about what to be offered in return for his/her coming!  That is he/she should be given  gains as to return the hero who was able to take the gains from Syria! To them we say that you come for dialogue, we have nothing to give save the dialogue, because we do not have awards to give for any body.”

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

 

"We are with dialogue which respects our will and with relations which respect our sovereignty, we are with dialogue without preconditions... without abandoning rights and dignity… it is the dialogue away of dictations."

From HE’s 2007 Parliament Speech, ( May 15, 2007)

 

“The issue of isolating Syria has failed. The real thing is that the European isolation was under French- American pressure, the Europeans are now talking frankly that they will not accept this situation, they are enthusiastic for dialogue.”

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

"We always call them for dialogue, apart from the form of invitation whether in a letter or through a third party or press statements…we in most of our political discourse talk about necessity of dialogue and specifically with America. This is the important question: until now it seems unable to do so. For example, an American delegation came to us last week and asked that the meeting be kept away from the press…we agreed and the meeting took two hours…they said the administration listen to their opinions...maybe half of the delegation are from the administration…God knows…but the delegation comes under different names."

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

  

  

“As far as we are concerned, we have a principle in dealing with problems. This principle is that any problem can be solved through dialogue. There is no other alternative. Our doors are always open, to all countries without exception, for dialogue on different issues. But this takes into account Syria’s interests. No dialogue can be conducted at the expense of our interests or at the interests of our causes and our conceptions. There is a dialogue at the bottom line, which we are trying to develop. On the other hand, we have wide reaching relations with other friendly countries in the world which know and understand our causes and know that Syria is right. We have never violated international law, we are an element of stability in the region. We have never tried to destabilize our region. These countries have to help change this unnatural situation. This is what we have been doing so far.”

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

 

“Which countries are trying to impose sanctions? What will they achieve? Will they win? They won’t. They will lose. The Middle East is at the heart of the world and Syria is at the heart of the Middle East, and if the situation in Syria and Iraq is not good that will cause problems in the whole region, and the whole world will pay the price. Another question: what will they achieve? They will not, as I said at the beginning of the interview, be able to deal with the question of terrorism. Terrorism will spread. And they will not be able to achieve peace. This will also increase terrorism. There will be more poverty, and this will increase terrorism. Consequently, the whole world, together with Syria and the Middle East will pay the price. I think when we pose this question we will arrive at the logical answer: that the sanctions will not achieve anything and that the only solution is through political work and dialogue. There is no other option. It has been proven that war does not achieve positive results even when it is launched by a strong super power."

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

“Syria considers that it has much to give within the framework of a vision of far reaching civilization the living features of which are apparent in every part of its rich land. When I visited your beautiful country two years ago, I carried with me many thoughts and hopes to the good of our two countries, our region and the world at large. The idea which was the closest to myself among all other ideas which I carried with me in visits to various states or in my meetings with personalities or foreign delegations, is the idea of dialogue. In fact, it was always my belief that dialogue is a continuous constructive process; a process that if we sever at any stage, we will have then to restart it from the beginning.”

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

  “My visit to Spain upon the invitation of your Majesty to inaugurate the exhibition of "The Glitter of Umayyads in Cordova" indeed was "expressive" gesture by your majesty aiming at pursuing the fruitful dialogue which was started by our ancestors more than 1000 years ago at the time when their bloods, ethnicities and cultures mixed together to form a wonderful civilization which brought about sublime principles that remain alive in our life. In my meetings with Spanish officials during that visit and in reviewing the good popular reactions to that visit, I became certain that this dialogue never was severed and that successive generations achieved big steps in this field despite the difficult circumstances which faced this relationship in different historic periods. Those difficult circumstances are not an abnormal state in the logic of relations between human beings. However, the ground which was established has restored the glitter of this relationship, a glitter which we perceive in the big convergence of emotions, characters and ideas.”

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

  “At the time when we together seek to reinforce dialogue between two cultures that many aspects of convergence bring them together, we notice that some of those who are essentially far away from the cultures of other peoples in this world, we are distancing themselves more and more from this dialogue, thus making the mere start of this dialogue even difficult. Few years ago hope was great in establishing more balanced relations between the peoples of the world, in respecting cultures of each other and in adherence of all of us to maintain, protect and develop the United Nations and its organs for the purpose of serving humanity, while we today notice as if the space of hope is narrowing and light is becoming dimmer.”

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

 “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 am assuring you that Syria, the cradle of ancient civilizations and the country of steadfastness, which strives for peace, justice, and prosperity to prevail in our world, supports your activities in this world festival, and that the people of Syria which you all success in your works. Undoubtedly, your festival is an opportunity for intimate acquaintances among the Youths and Students, for exchanging their experience and for interaction in their thoughts.”

From HE’s Message to the 15th World Festival of Youths and Students, (August 8, 2001)

 

“This means that today we need economic, social and scientific strategies that may serve both development and steadfastness in the meantime. Such strategies are not available as ready recipes; rather they need deepened studies the results of which can be considered the basis that decides our point of   direction. This undoubtedly needs time, effort, cooperation as well as extensive and broad dialogues. “

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

 “If we want to address a problem we should start at the beginning and not at the end and we should address the cause rather than the result. This dictates that we should face ourselves and our society bravely and conduct a brave dialogue with both in which we reveal our points of weakness and talks about customs, traditions and concepts which have become a true impediment in the way of any progress. Society is the path on which all progress in different domains must tread. If this  path is not good, development will flounder or stop, which in a  relative sense means going backwards.”

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

“The policy of adhering to the principles of international legitimacy  requires the United Nations to carry out its mission as mentioned in its Charter in an objective way and away from different points of influence that might limit the implementation of these principles in the best way possible in order to reach a world with no conflicts and no points of tension, a world where peace, justice and democracy prevail among countries and in which dialogue is deepened and  broadened among different civilizations in the world of today. In addition to this, the North rich countries should shoulder their human responsibilities towards the countries of the South with the  aim of reaching a more secure, a more confident and as a result a more stable world. We look forward to building the strongest relations with the states, peoples and international organizations on the basis of mutual respect and constructive cooperation and the safeguarding of  international peace and security basing our relations on the rights  of people to self-determination in a way that secures their lively interest. “

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

 

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

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