DAMASCUS, (ST)_ The Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic announced Saturday evening the untimely demise of the mother of President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad, the beloved Anisa Makhlof

The widow of the late President was born in Lattakia Governorate in the year 1930.

In 1957, she was married to the Late President, who was by then First Lieutenant, and since then she completed her life with him till the untimely demise of the Late President on June 10, 2000.

The untimely demise of President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad's mother crowned a long journey of dedication, humanitarian and charity works and sacrifices along with the late president for the welfare and well being of the Syrians.

The late President Hafez Al-Assad, the builder of modern Syria, and his wife, have a five-person family: a female Boushra, four males: Bashar, Maher and two other deceased brothers Bassel and Majd.

We pray for the rest of the souls of the deceased mother and for her rest in Paradise.

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MOSCOW, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad and the Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday discussed Syria- Russia military operations against terrorism in Syria in addition to issues relating to the fight against extremist organizations and  the continuity of the Russian airstrikes which backs the Syrian armed forces’ operations in different areas across the country.

The two Presidents affirmed that the final say about Syria’s future must undoubtedly be to the Syrian people.

 President Al-Assad briefed the Russian President on the situation in Syria plus the plans and military operations of the Syrian Arab Army against terrorists and expressed the Syrian people’s gratitude for the Russian support in this respect.

“Terrorism hinders political solution and any military actions should be followed by political steps,” President Al-Assad said, reiterating the need for stopping all forms of support for the terrorist organizations and for opening the way for the Syrian people to decide their future themselves.

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H.E. President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad underlined in his recent inauguration landmark speech the need as to deal with some urgent issues as to solidify, fortify and immunize Syria. No priority can be higher than dealing with the cited  challenges by H.E. President Al-Assad. For overlooking these facts is tantamount to being separated from reality:

 Today, together, we start a new stage that is characterised by a consensus to protect our nation and to rebuild it morally, psychologically and materially and a consensus on eradicating terrorism and bringing back into the fold all those who have lost their direction

We start a new stage having overcome dangerous and critical challenges, thanks to the steadfastness of our people in the face of a terrorist and psychological war, until we reached the presidential elections – the elections that expressed Syria’s full and unified independence.
Looking forward to the future, we need to address the large gaps that have appeared in our national fabric.
This requires our concerted efforts and our standing shoulder to shoulder in the next stage, which means an interactive relationship between the people, their leadership and their government. 
The role of a leadership does not eliminate the role and contribution of the people; similarly the presence of a leadership or a government should not imply total reliance upon it. 
This interactive relationship means that we move forward together towards the desired future, if we mean to succeed in our endeavour.
Hence the word ‘Sawa’ or ‘together,’ which focuses on enhancing the sense of responsibility in every one of us ensuring we move forward as one nation.

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H.E. President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad underlined in his recent inauguration speech that the Syrian steadfastness and fight against terror constituted what might be described as the final nail in the coffin the ewes and colonialists. The Syrians' resilience constituted the official obituary of what was falsely called ‘the Arab spring’ and reset the course.

Had this ‘spring’ been genuine, it should have started in the backward Arab countries. Had it been a revolution for more freedom, democracy and justice, it should have started in the most oppressive and tyrannical countries: the countries behind every catastrophe that befell this nation, behind every war against it, behind the intellectual and religious deviation and moral degradation, added H.E. President Al-Assad.

It has been the pledge by H.E. President Al-Assad as to soon rid  all of Syria of the terrorists, with particular reference to Raqqa and Aleppo, until it restores its safety and security. The daily military operations and the martyrs from all over Syria, who have fallen for the sake of Aleppo, are clear and tangible evidence that Aleppo will remain in the heart of every Syrian.

President Al-Assad's appreciations, thanks and salutations went from the heart of the heart to the Syrian Arab Army: officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers, who have spared nothing in defence of our homeland, including their lives and the families they left behind, National Defence Groups and the young men and women who carried arms in defence of their country, its dignity and honour, and who have provided a strong parallel support force to the Syrian Army in many regions.

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H. E. President Bashar Al-Assad outlined in his recent landmark inauguration speech that the enemies of Syria  continue to support terrorism in Syria have tried to destroy all aspects of life within it.  The killing, which targeted Syrians from all walks of life without discrimination or exception was concurrent with the systematic destruction of our infrastructure, which took decades to build and consumed the efforts, money, sweat and blood of generations of Syrians.

President Al-Assad added that there is no doubt that this widespread destruction, which has affected the entire nation, has also affected every individual, particularly in terms of people’s livelihood.

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