"You can fine-tune it, but as a headline, of course, I would say that was correct. To open up even with another country like the Western countries that allegedly wanted to help Syria, it was correct, but it didn’t produce. I think the only mistake that we made is when we believed that the West has values; this is one of the mistakes that we committed in the past, and we thought some countries like Saudi Arabia could have values, but the only value that they have is the Wahhabi value."

From President Assad's Indian Wion TV Interview, June 3, 2017

" The West, you mean, mainly the Western? No, they cannot, because if they do any U-turn or any turn, their public opinion will tell them “you were lying, you’ve been talking about this bad person and this bad government and the killing for seven years, now you want to tell us the truth?” They cannot tell the truth. So, they have to continue till the end with their lies, till these lies will be debunked by their public opinion. They cannot."

From President Assad's Indian Wion TV Interview, June 3, 2017

 

"The reason is old, simple, and clear. Those Western countries, led by the United States, in partnership mainly with Britain and France, and unfortunately some European countries which did not have a colonial history, do not accept independent states and do not accept peer relations. They want satellite states which implement their policies.
Of course, we are not against common interests with other states, with any state. Big states have interests around the world and we, as a state, have interests in our region. We are not a superpower, but when we work, based on interests, with those states, the interests should be joint interests. They want us to act for their interests against ours. That’s why we have always been in a state of struggle with these states over our interests. For instance, we want the peace process, while they want submission instead of peace. They want us to have peace without rights, which is not reasonable. They want us to give up our sovereignty, to abandon our rights which are acknowledged by international law, Security Council resolutions, and the numerous votes at United Nations for the return of our lands. These are mere examples. There are many similar issues over which they consider Syria too independent a state. That’s why they thought that waging war on Syria and replacing the current government with a client government would make it easier and better to achieve their narrow interests."

From President Assad's Croatian Newspaper Vecernji List Interview, April 6, 2017

 

 "The European policy has not actually changed, because the European officials have gone too far with their lies; and now if they want to make a U-turn, the European public opinion will tell them: you were lying to us. All of what you said was not true. That’s why they have persisted in their lies but with a few modifications from time to time. They have reproduced the same product using different packaging in order to deceive their customers, i.e. the European public opinion."

 

From President Assad's Croatian Newspaper Vecernji List  Interview, April 6, 2017

 

"You’re talking about different aspects of the problem, which is very complicated because of the external intervention. When you talk about the terrorists in Syria, terrorist attacks like what happened yesterday in Damascus, that’s been happening maybe on daily basis, if not hourly basis in some cases. As long as you have terrorists anywhere in Syria, every Syrian citizen is in danger, this is for sure. The question here: who supports those terrorists? And that’s what I would like to raise as a question for the European officials that went in the wrong way since the beginning of the crisis in Syria and led to the destruction of Syria and prevailing of terrorism in the region, that led to terrorist attacks in many European countries and the refugee crisis. Now, if you want to talk about the European role, or the Western role, because it’s been led by the Americans, the only role is to support the terrorists until the moment. They didn’t support any political process, they only talk about political process, but there’s no real commitment to any political action till that moment. While if you talk about the role of Iran, it’s completely different. They support Syria in fighting terrorists, they support Syria politically, in the regional and international political arenas. Israel from the other side supporting directly the terrorists, whether logistically or through direct raids on our army in the neighboring area."

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

 

"The wrong policies pursued by scores of European Countries towards Syria and the region in general through supporting extremism, terrorism and through imposing economic sanctions on the people, have led to today's mushrooming and spread of terrorism and to the big flow refugees to these countries,"

From President Assad's statements upon receiving a visiting EU Parliament, chaired by Javier Couso, Deputy Chairman of EU Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, March 12, 2017.

 

" In light of misleading campaigns by Western Media, which lost even credibility for Western public opinion, throughout the years of the war against Syria, increased the visits by EU Parliament Members to Syria as to be acquainted with the reality on the ground and convey this reality to their people."

From President Assad's statements upon receiving a visiting EU Parliament, chaired by Javier Couso, Deputy Chairman of EU Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, March 12, 2017.

 

''It’s not about the diplomatic relations. First of all, it’s about the policy of France. So, if we don’t have this diplomatic relation, it’s not that big problem for the time being now. Maybe in the long-term, you need to have good relations with any country, including diplomatic relations.''

From President Assad's Interview with the French TF1 and Europe 1, February 16, 2017

 ''Exactly. The policy of France, that started from day one, to support the terrorists in Syria, and is responsible directly of the killings in our country.''

From President Assad's Interview with the French TF1 and Europe 1, February 16, 2017

"You cannot play that role while you are destroying Syria, because the EU is supporting the terrorists in Syria from the very beginning under different titles: humanitarians, moderate, and so on. Actually, they were supporting al-Nusra and ISIS from the very beginning, they were extremists from the very beginning. So, they cannot destroy and build at the same time. First of all, they have to take a very clear position regarding the sovereignty of Syria, stop supporting the terrorists. This is where the Syrians would – I say would – accept those countries to play a role in that regard. But in the meantime, if you ask any Syrian the same question, he will tell you “no, we don’t accept, those countries supported the people who destroyed our country, we don’t want them to be here.” That’s what I think."

From President Assad's  Interview with Belgian Media, February 7, 2017.

"Let me talk about the European political position in general; many in this region believe that the Europeans don’t exist politically, they only follow the master which is the Americans. So, the question should be about the Americans, and the Europeans will follow and will implement what the Americans want. They don’t exist as independent states, and Belgium is part of the EU."

"I don’t know, I think they have to answer that question. For us, it’s our war, we need to liberate every single inch on the Syrian territory from those terrorists. If the European governments think that their efforts went in vain, that’s good, they may change their mind, and at least to stop supporting those terrorists that don’t have the support of the public in Syria; they only have the support of the Europeans and the Gulf states, the Wahabi Gulf states, in order to have more terrorism and extremism in Syria. We hope, I think during the last two years, the whole world has changed, the United States has changed, the situation in Syria has changed, the situation in the region in general has changed. Two things didn’t change or hasn’t changed till this moment: first of all, Al Qaeda is still there through ISIS and al-Nusra, and the mentality of the European officials, it hasn’t change yet, they live in the past."

From President Assad's  Interview with Belgian Media, February 7, 2017.

 

''Most of European countries have adopted unrealistic policy since the beginning of the war in Syria; in consequence these EU countries isolated themselves and destroyed every possible role and inflicted damage on the interests of their people through backing organization which perpetrated every terrorism against the Syrian People.''

From President Assad's statements in a meeting with a Belgian Parliamentarian Delegation chaired by MP Filip Dewinter, February 6, 2017.

''There are Western politicians who work for their win in elections and not for the interest of their people and countries; which, in turn, affected the EU status and role in the world.''

From President Assad's statements in a meeting with a Belgian Parliamentarian Delegation chaired by MP Filip Dewinter, February 6, 2017.

 

"This is a French question. We hope that any delegation that would come here is to see the truth about what is happening in Syria during the last years, since the beginning of the war six years ago, and the problem now, regarding France in particular, is that they don’t have an embassy, they don’t have any relation with Syria at all, so it’s like… we can say it’s a blind state. How can you forge a policy towards a certain region if you can’t see, if you’re blind? You need to see. The importance of those delegations is that they represent the eyes of the states, but that depends on the state; do they want to see, or they want to keep adopting the ostrich policy and they don’t want to tell the truth, because now everything in the world is changing regarding Syria on every level, the local, the regional, and the international. Until this moment, the French administration hasn’t changed its position, they still speak the old language which is disconnected from our reality."

From President Assad's Statements to French Media, January 8, 2017.

"the delegation movements in Syria, particularly in Aleppo might help them as to have realistic viewpoints regarding the crimes perpetrated by the terrorists against the Syrian People."

From President Assad's Statements to French Delegation, January 8, 2017.

"the current policy of Paris is distanced from the reality of the ongoing war against Syria and helped as to aggravate conditions through its support for the terrorist organizations, which is in the interest of nobody, particularly of the French."

From President Assad's Statements to French Delegation, January 8, 2017.

"Of course, when the European policy changes we have no problem. We really want relations with all countries of the world including the West, despite our knowledge of its hypocrisy. When our relations were good between 2008 and 2011, there was hypocrisy. The West has not change. It is always biased and hypocritical. But we are talking about interests, and stats’ interests require relations.

President Assad's Interview with Al-Watan Daily, December 7, 2016.

 

'It’s about whole Europe now being absent from the political map at least since 2003 after the invasion of Iraq, just because they had to follow the Americans, and they don’t dare to take their independent, let’s say, path in politics. We differentiate precisely between the government and the people of Denmark, and the same for other countries.'

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

 

" Frequent field visits to Syria by foreign delegations as to be acquainted with the realities on the ground do contribute to clarify the reality and to expose the falsifications of most Western Media means which have political agendas in the interest of their governments and not of their people."

From President Assad Statements upon meeting a British Delegation, , September 4, 2016.

"The visits made by European parliamentarians and leaders of political parties to Syria to get a real image about events in the country would  help their government correct their policies towards the region."

From H.E. President Assad's statements, July 26, 2016.

"The heinous terrorist war the Syrian people have been facing are  a lesson to be learnt by countries of the region and the entire world; an evidence of this can be noticed in the terrorism wave which hit a number of countries in Europe and other parts of the world."

From H.E. President Assad's statements, July 26, 2016.

"The western countries have a problem with Syria because of its independent decision, so they supported terrorists to weaken the Syrian state and turn it into a subordinating country; but these policies have reflected negatively on the interests of the peoples of  these countries at the social and security level."

From H.E. President Assad's statements, July 26, 2016.

 
 

 ''Actually, this is the double standard of the West in general. They attack us politically and they send us their officials to deal with us under the table, especially the security, including your government. They all do the same. They don’t want to upset the United States. Actually, most of the Western officials only repeat what the United States wants them to say. This is the reality.''

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

 “We are witnessing international conflicts that have led to regional conflicts between countries that seek preserving their sovereignty and independence and other countries that seek implementing other parties."

From President Assad's Parliament Speech, June 7, 2016

“The sectarian systems turn the people of a homeland to enemies, thereby colonialist countries introduce themselves as a protector to certain groups inside this homeland,”

From President Assad's Parliament Speech, June 7, 2016

 

"We hope every country could play a role, especially European countries and major countries in the EU like Germany that has the strongest economy, that is supposedly leading the EU politically, not only economically; but practically no we don’t see that yet, because the role is about the will, and the will is about independence.  The question: how many European officials are independent from the American position?  So far, what we see is a copy and paste of what they say – the American politicians, what they say and what they do; that’s what we see.  So, I cannot talk about a role if there’s no independence."

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

 

 

" The second reason is the embargo that has been implemented on Syria by the West, mainly the United States, of course, that caused more difficulties for the people to live here, especially in the health sector. So, we need to deal with these reasons in order to prevent this tragedy from being dragged on for a long time."

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

 

"Spain is against any adventurist solution in Syria. This is something we appreciate. They didn’t support any military action against Syria, they said that’s going to make it more complicated. They didn’t talk about deposing the president or interfering in our national affairs. They said everything should happen through political solution or political process. This is very good. But at the same time, Spain is part of the EU, of the European Union. That makes Spain restrained by the decision of that Union. We expect Spain to play that role, to convey the same message and its political point of view regarding our conflict to the EU."

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

 

"Generally, and that’s strange, and maybe sometimes unfortunately, that those very far from Syria, very far away countries from Syria, have a much more realistic about what is happening in Syria than the European, who are much more closer, we are considered as the backyard of Europe. I’m talking about the formal and official level, and about the popular level. They know much more, and they support Syria politically in every international forum, and they haven’t changed their position since the beginning of the crisis."

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

 

''If you accept as a Netherlands citizen that somebody in Syria would tell you who’s going to be your Prime Minister or not, we would accept it. But you don’t accept it, and we don’t accept it. As you say, we are a sovereign country, whether they have a good president or bad president, this is a Syrian issue, it’s not European. The Europeans have nothing to do with such a thing.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015-12-17

  

''The question that we’ve been asking – not only during the crisis, before the crisis, for the last, let’s say, more than ten years, especially after the war on Iraq: does Europe exist politically anymore, or is it just a satellite to the United States policy? So far, we don’t see any independent political position. Some, you have some cases, let’s say, we don’t put everyone in one basket, and the proof is the relation between Europe and Russia. The United States pushed Europe to do something against its interests, to make embargo on Russia. This is not realistic, not logical.''

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

 

"So, if we talk about the fluctuation of this behavior, the European behavior, towards Syria or towards me personally, this is up and down but I have not changed. I stayed the same one since I became president in 2000. "

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

"European embargo, the European embargo played into the hands of terrorists directly and what was supposed to be with the Syrians became against the Syrians because every embargo is against the population of any country. "

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

"In our crisis, Europe is exporting extremism to us."

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

''Let me go back to the Western mentality, which I described as colonialist. The West does not accept partners. It only wants satellite states. The United States does not even accept partners in the West. It wants Europe to follow the United States. They didn’t accept Russia, although it was a superpower. They didn’t accept it as a partner. Russian officials talk all the time about partnership with the West, and talk positively about the West. In return, the West does not accept Russia as a great power and as a partner on a global level. So, how could they accept a smaller state like Syria which could say no to them? When anything contradicts Syrian interests, we say no. And this is something they do not accept in the West. They asked us for a number of things in the past.

They used to put pressure on us to abandon our rights in our land occupied by Israel. They wanted us not to support the resistance in Lebanon or Palestine which defends the rights of the Palestinian people. At a later stage, a few years before the crisis, they put pressure on Syria to distance itself from Iran. In another case, some of them wanted to use Syria’s relationship with Iran to influence the nuclear file. We have never been a part of this issue, but they wanted us to convince Iran to take steps against its national interests. We refused to do that. There were other similar things.

That’s why they wanted in the end to make the Syrian state a satellite state which implements Western agendas in this region. We refused. Had we done these things, we would have become, as I said, a good, moderate, and democratic state. Now, they describe our state as being anti-democratic, while they have the best relations with the Saudi state which has nothing to do with democracy or elections and deprives women of their rights, in addition to many other things well known to the world. This is Western hypocrisy.''

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

  ''When we used to talk about the spread of terrorism, they used to say there was no terrorism. The delegations which visit Syria include journalists, civil society organizations, and parliamentarians. They wanted to come to Syria in order to know what is going on. On the other hand, there is something related to the states. More than one Western official we met told us that Western officials climbed the tree and are no longer capable of coming down. We have to help them come down through these meetings. They have lied a great deal to us for four years, and now they are saying the exact opposite. It won’t be possible for these politicians to say the opposite and say the truth, because they will end politically. That’s why they send delegations, and when the delegations return, they attack them, saying that they were private visits and have nothing to do with the state.

Despite the fact that these delegations include parliamentarians, but they include people who represent the executive authority, whether in the intelligence services, the ministries of defense, or the like. This shows that the Western countries still persist in their lies but they want a way out and do not know how to get out of the dilemma they have got themselves into.''

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


"No, there wasn’t a message, and they came to see the reality on the ground, and I think that’s the reflection – not just this delegation; the delegations that came to Syria recently from different countries, especially from the West, is a reflection of not believing, not taking in with the narrative, the insidious narrative about Syria in the West by their officials. They want to know the truth, I mean it’s a kind of suspicion about the whole propaganda in the West."

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

"This is like a building; you cannot build a building without having the foundation, so what is the foundation that you need in this case? First, you need officials in Europe to have the will to fight terrorism. This is something that we don’t have to this moment. Second thing, to have prudent policies. We cannot have arrogant, stubborn officials that only adopted egotistical policies. Third, which is very important, fighting terrorism should be a value, should become a value. It cannot be a sort of opportunism, like because now you are suffering in Europe from terrorism, you’re scared, you want to fight terrorism in this region."

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

"They didn’t want to listen; they wanted to listen to their statements. That’s what I say. It’s impossible to only tell lies in the West. How can you tell the truth if you don’t have an embassy in this country? How can you tell the truth if you listen to Qatar and Al-Jazeera that were paying the money to those terrorists?"

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

"I hope. I hope the first thing, which is very simple, just for the officials to tell their people the truth, the unbiased truth, without any preconceptions. Just tell your people the truth, and they’ll be able to analyze it. Second, we hope from Portugal as part of the EU to look at the Czech Republic. A small country, ten millions, but it was very wise in dealing with the crisis in Syria. They have their embassy, they can tell what’s going on  the ground, because isolationism is not a policy. When you isolate yourself, when you try to isolate a country by removing your ambassadors or closing your embassies, you isolate yourself from the reality. You shouldn’t isolate yourself, as Europe, from reality. We hope can play that role in the EU to shift this trend that started with the American administration of Bush; when they have a problem with somebody or some area, instead of being more involved, they cut their relation with it. This is not policy."

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

 

 

"In fact, this is the problem of the west with many other countries, including Syria. During the period you refer to concerning relations with the West, between 2008 and 2010, relations were good, but in fact they were not based on mutual respect. For instance, France wanted Syria to play a role with Iran concerning the nuclear file. What was required was not to be part of that file, but to convince Iran to take steps which are against its interests. We refused to do that. They also wanted us to take a position against resistance in our region before putting an end to Israeli occupation and aggression against the Palestinians and other neighboring countries. We refused that too. They wanted us to sign the Euro-Association Agreement which was against our interests and was meant to turn our country into an open market for their products while giving us a very small share of their markets. We refused to do that because it is against the interests of the Syrian people."

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

"The West wants client states ruled by puppets. This is the core issue with the West. It has nothing to do with democracy, freedom, or supporting the people in the region. An example is what happened in Libya and the continuing killing in Syria with Western support."

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

"The largest percentage of the European terrorists coming to Syria are French; and you had a number of incidents in France. There was also an attack in Belgium against a Jewish museum. So, terrorism in Europe is no longer asleep, it is being awakened."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with the French 'Paris Match Magazine, December 4, 2014.

 

 "So, what we always advise every American and European official is do not waste your time talking about these things, whether you like, you do not like, you condemn, or you support! It is not about labels; it is about realities and facts. Let us deal with the facts. As long as you do not have peace, you will have everything that you do not like. So, it is better to deal with the peace process and then all the other things will be settled normally; because when you have peace in this region, why to talk about armament, and if you do not talk about armament, why to talk about smuggling? And then of course you do not have to talk about any faction who wants to fight Israel or any other one."

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with Wall Street Journal. January 31, 2011.

 "He is extremely right-wing and every American and European official acknowledged this truth. With this government, some say it is very difficult to achieve peace and some say it is impossible to achieve peace."

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with Wall Street Journal. January 31, 2011.

 " The problem with most of the officials we have from the US during previous administrations, whether they have good or bad intentions, is that they knew very little about this region. That is why they need the support of others. They need a complementary role. This role could be European or today the Turks. Actually I am elaborating because you can take whatever you want. But if you want to go back to our methodology, it has been twenty years. Why did we not achieve peace? We were not methodical. We did not talk about the terms of reference, the main titles: land, peace and after that 'land for peace.' But which land and which peace? We did not define. And because we did not define, we could play games during the negotiations."

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with Wall Street Journal. January 31, 2011

''As things stand in the region, Europe's stances on the peace process cannot remain tied to the US role, which proved its inability to move this process forward. Therefore, a balanced European role is needed towards all the parties involved in peace, and is capable of effectively participating in achieving just and comprehensive peace.''

From H.E.'s Statements during His visit to France, (December 10, 2010)

 ''We are as much committed to peace as to our rights, and we believe that peace cannot be solid and enduring unless it is just and comprehensive…We call on Bulgaria and the European Union countries to play a more active role to push Israel to reach peace because this would be of a great service to the stability and development in the region and the world."

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Bulgaria, (November 9, 2010) 

''the relation with the European Union is important for Syria, because the EU is from a geographical point a neighbor, and because it is capable of playing an important role in solving our problems.'

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Bulgaria, (November 9, 2010)  

'what remains for this relation is to develop, which is linked to how the EU presents itself politically at the international level, which, in turn, depends on European-European dialogue, from one side, and on European-US from the other side, and on European-Arab from another side.'

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Bulgaria, (November 9, 2010) 

''Thirdly, the European side is the one that isolated itself from the region…we did not do that …it has weakened itself in the region and we can not separate these relations from the important role which Europe plays… the European weakens its political role in the Middle East, the importance of its economic and political relations because it is absent…how could you build relations with a weak side?…the European side weakened itself.''

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

"In the past, there were different European stances. Today, during our meetings with European officials who have visited Syria, particularly foreign ministers, we noticed that the differences and disparities between the European countries' stances towards these issues have become very little. We want to move from this unified viewpoint in Europe to action. We want Spain to move because the new European atmosphere helps such a move. The vision towards the problem is close but we have to reach solution,"

From H.E.'s Press Conference in Spain, (July 5, 2010)

   2009  

 

''I have discussed talked with His Excellency the Chancellor about an inter-European dialogue as to move towards the peace; so that there would be a clear-cut, united, objective, and realistic European role as far as the Process of the Peace.''

From His Excellency's Conference with Chancellor Faymann, (December 23, 2009)

 

''Yes, France can play an important role. They should defend the mediator role of Turkey, and persuade Israel to return to the negotiating table, with the Turkish mediator. We discussed this with President Sarkozy and we think he is able to [help] within the framework of his relations with Israel.''

From His Excellency's France 2 TV Interview, (November 15, 2009) 

''I think that both sides-Syria and EU- are not yet ready for this Association. For us, and from the administrative and economic side, we are badly in need for some development; so as to make the disadvantages less; not to mention the fact that the European subsidy in the proposal does not suffice to support us in the process of development. Further, there are some technical aspects in the Agreement, upon which we do not agree. The Syrian Government, however, are now studying this Agreement; and are to put the things which the Government believe should exist, and are not existed, and then these points are to be presented to the European Commission.''

From His Excellency's Le Figaro Interview, (November 13, 2009) 

''We always speak of a European role as far as the Causes of the Middle East. France, historically taking the political leading role in Europe, has to move as far as Mideast Peace,''

From His Excellency's Le Figaro Interview, (November 13, 2009) 

''The priority for Syria in her relations with Europe is to the standing and continued cooperation, and not for the Association Agreement (AA), which has a legal and technical aspect in need for discussion and big improvement. Syria, in line with her National Interest, is to re-study the said (AA) as to define her demands to be re-submitted anew to the European Side,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during His Visit to Croatia, (October 28-29, 2009)   

''Nothing is worst than signing an agreement which does not serve the interest of the country and our interests. A solution for a few years crisis should in way be at the expense of 200 years to come,''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during His Visit to Croatia, (October 28-29, 2009) 

'Europe, due to history and geography, is more capable of comprehending our Arab Causes, and hence the realization of the Just and Comprehensive peace in the Middle East would be positively reflected upon Europe, as well as upon the world.''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during the Visit of President Demetris Christofias of Cyprus to Syria, (August 31, 2009) 

“The role of Europe has two aspects; the first is related to dialogue with Arab States as far as peace process, especially with the States concerned directly with the Process of Peace, and Syria is one of these States. The Second aspect is related to dialogue between the United States and Europe regarding peace process, that the United States is the sponsor of this process,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Slovakia visit, (April 29, 2009)

 “The required is the presence of inter European dialogue as to define whether Europe wants to be a partner in the course of events in the Middle East or to listen what the US Administration declares,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Austria visit, (April 28, 2009) 

“The question that I asked every politician from Europe I met during the last two years, especially after 2005 when Europe was busy with the EU constitution and many new member states: When does Europe deal with the rest of the world as EU and when as individual countries? It was not clear what Europe wanted, not from us, but from Europe herself. Because when you discuss something sometimes they say we are EU, we cannot be individual. And sometimes they do the opposite. So, for us Europe was lost for many years. What about the EU itself? It is not clear for us. Second what about the relations between Europe and the United States. We know and accept that the role of Europe should be complimentary to the United States not contradictory, but not as a satellite. Most of the European countries were satellites somehow to the previous administration. So why do I deal with somebody who cannot play any role? This is another question. So, this is a big problem in the European Union's, let us say, identity, I mean political identity. That is why it was difficult for us to deal with Europe on a sustainable bases. So, Europe should define its role, its relation with the United States, and of course with the rest of the world, that time they can define their role with us. We cannot accept some double standards used by Europe during the previous administration of the United States, just to appease the American administration. It is not acceptable. So it is about, first of all, dialogue between Europe and Europe, between the European countries, then between Europe and the United States, then they can make dialogue with the rest of the world including the Arabs and the Middle-East.”

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

“The reports are developing positively. In fact, they have started slow in 2006 after Lebanon War. Now, they have been geared up especially after Gaza War, Such opening up, however, remains, within the frame of the talk about the role of Europe. We have to wait for the US Administration to define its policies, and we have, then, to wait so that Europe would define whether to be a united Europe or a group of countries.”

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

  2008  

“We have also discussed the European role that has been taking a more active drive during the few past months; where I voiced our satisfaction in Syria regarding this role played by the European countries. We view this visit from a bilateral respective as well as from EU Perspective.”

 From His Excellency joint press conference with President Basescu of Romania (October 20, 2008) 

 “We are interested in having the beginning for divergence between the European role and the US role, such as what we are observing as far as the dealing with presented issues; we want to see a European official telling us that we have the right to restore our land fully

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

 “We insisted that the political aspect should be one of the basic factors in the Union for the Mediterranean. The priority for us is peace; no real economic cooperation is to be achieved without peace”

 From His Excellency Statements in France (July12-14, 2008) 

 “We insisted that the political aspect should be one of the basic factors in the Union for the Mediterranean. The priority for us is peace; no real economic cooperation is to be achieved without peace”

 From His Excellency Statements in France (July12-14, 2008) 

    2005  

 

"The French people have a great history, distinguished from the histories of other peoples, even in Europe itself. This has given the French people a special culture, an open culture, which has reflected on French politics and gave an important role to France in Europe, in the world at large, and in the Middle East in particular. President Charles De Gaulle also added a great deal to this French position. This role is in fact receding today, as I said a short while ago, and seems sometimes invisible, sometimes inexistent, and sometimes subordinate to other roles. This has never happened in the history of the French role before, and could have many political causes, and may be other causes that need to be examined. But the net result is that this harms the interests of the French people first of all, the interests of Europe and the world, and our interests in the Middle East. We cannot actually separate the interests of Europe now from the Middle East, and the evidence is what happened in the past: 9/11 in New York, the Madrid explosions, the London explosions, what is happening in Indonesia, and what is happening in the Palestinian territories."

From HE’s Interview with France3 TV, (December 5,  2005)

    2004  

 “Syria has reached an understanding to establish the association agreement once the obstacles to it have been bypassed, especially those regarding weapons of mass destruction.  where we reached a joint formula that goes parallel to our stance concerning non-proliferation of those weapons as part of our joint aim in turning the whole Middle East region into an area free of WMD.”

 From HE’s Speech to the Syrian Expatriates  Conference,  (October 9, 2004) 

 “We think that the formula which we agreed on has been circulated to the EU member states, .and we are waiting for the approval from those states unless sudden changes in the EU has occurred as what happened with us in the same negotiations at the beginning of the year.”

 From HE’s Speech to the Syrian Expatriates  Conference,  (October 9, 2004) 

"Syria has always called for such a role- European role- ;but it is very clear in practice that Europe has no effective tools. Some attribute the affair to the economic reasons and others to political causes. But I say there is , in addition to both attributions, another cause which is the political will. The European role is marketing the American proposals, especially in the ME peace process. Any initiative ,if we want to call it a European one should be derivative from European vision

From HE’s Interview with Al Jazeera, (May 3, 2004) 

    2003   

“The Syrian-European partnership within the circumstances of the whole world was made within the great blocs taking place in the world. It, like any other options, includes negative and positive aspects. Its negative aspects might be more than its positive aspects in the short run. It may not bring positive aspects except through the medium and long run. Engagement into the European partnership is an old decision, and reasons of delay are technical and not political. Taking a decision in this respect, has no relation with the Syrian-American bilateral relationship. It is an independent subject. I have told the Europeans that if partnerships were not based on appropriate base, we would exchange problems in stead of goods. I said, during my meeting with Mr. Romano Prodi before September 11, that if you don't solve the region's political and economic problems, the problems will move to you intensively in a short period.”

 From HE’s Interview with Al-Hayat Daily , (November 7, 2003)

  “The European countries whether they are big or small can play a role in the world through bilateral relations or through the European Union and so the harmonious stances of the EU countries intensify the effectiveness of the European stances which is imperative because the world can not let one country think on behalf of all.” “The European countries should not be divided by their stances although the variety of opinions is acceptable and the interaction between Europe and the Middle East has given the European countries an important and positive role to play in the world.”

 From HE’s Interview with the Austrian The Standard Daily , (April 3, 2003) 

   2002  

“I say that there was a big problem at one point in the world particularly between East and West. The West has devoted all the media and all technological means in order to define the East but it didn’t use all these resources in order to get to know the East as it is. And so the East knew a lot about the West but the opposite is not true. The first message I carry with me is to try and introduce the East to the West and to introduce Arab issues as they really are and not just to Italy because Italy is a close country that probably knows the East better than any other European country. But it is an important entrance to Europe also. Without this accurate understanding of the West to the East, we can’t really speak about a healthy role that Europe can play. This takes us to the second part of the question: Can Europe with the US play the role? I think they can, certainly they can. But this is subject first to the desire of these parties and to their ability of those entrusted with this role, and second it is also dependent on their accurate knowledge of the situation. And third, it is subject to the desire of the conflicting parties in this role and their trust in the cosponsors. I can say in the name of all the Arab parties, that there is a trust in the European Union, they trust the European Union. And it is clear for everyone that Israel rejects the European role. The reason is that the European stand is an objective one, the fact that Israel doesn't like. What is clear until now is that the United States doesn't desire Europe to play a role that is expressive of a European independent stand and of a European identity. Until now the role that had been given to Europe by the United States is to market American ideas, but has not yet been allowed to play a role of its own making. But even the American Administration doesn't have a clear vision of how to conduct this peace process. Thereof I can’t see that the circumstances are prepared for this role to be played unless Europe wants to play this role in an independent fashion, and this would have its own prerequisites.”

From HE’s Interview with the Italian Corriere Della Sera, (February 14, 2002) 

"I feel that this communication and contact are very important with the entire world, and I could see that Europe is entitled to play a very important role in that regard. Of course, the southern European countries are more capable of playing this role. I meant the Mediterranean countries of course, as I said, due to the similar social nature and the historical relations also. "

From HE’s Interview with the Italian Corriere Della Sera, (February 14, 2002) 

   

“Europe's basic role is embodied in pressuring the side which refuses UN Security Council resolutions and the international legitimacy resolutions.”

  From HE’s Press Conference with the Spanish Premier,  (May 3, 2001)

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

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