"Russia won't leave Syria alone" , Umakhanov tells al-Zou'bi

MOSCOW, (ST) –"we will not leave Syria alone in the ongoing ordeal .Moscow has a firm stance as regards the crisis in Syria, "said  Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov.

Umakhanov 's remark was made during a meeting held today (Saturday) in Moscow with Information Minister Omran al-Zou'bi.

"Russia and Syria have a deep-rooted history of cooperation  .We are very interested that the situation in Syria to be eventually settled peacefully. The Syrians only have the right to settle the crisis through a negotiating table. 

In turn,al-Zou'bi underscored that the incessant US hysteria on using chemical weapons by the Syrian government is because of the Syrian Arab army's success in eliminating  terrorists who came from 29 countries with 5,000 gunmen from Yemen.

"the format of the armed opposition in Syria is basically consist of foreign mercenaries who infiltrated into Syria not only from neighboring countries but also from Britain,Australia,France and others, 'affirmed al-Zou'bi.

Syria is seeking to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the grouping of the emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) in the future, the  information minister said.

“We would like to become one day the member of such organizations as the SCO and BRICS,”

Al-Zou'bi  added that  Syria would also like Russia to participate in the country’s reconstruction after the settlement of the crisis in Syria.

In the March declaration at the end of the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, the leaders expressed “deep concern” over the ongoing crisis in Syria and warned against any further militarization of the conflict.

Founded in 2001, the SCO comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The organization consolidates efforts to counter terrorism and radicalization among member countries, and also works on other policy areas such as politics and trade.


Jibril: We will Resist Any Foreign Aggression on Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command Ahmed Jibril,  stressed the front fixed stand to  resist any foreign aggression against Syria .

In an interview with al-Mayadeen TV on  Friday, the Palestinian official  reiterated the Front 's readiness  to resist aggression and that the front 's forces will not remain in the camps if  the aggression will continue.

He explained that what is happening in Syria  was plotted by  the US  since 2003 to punish and destroy Syria  after the failure of its  containment by the  sheikhdom of  Qatar  and government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, through holding  close ties with Syria in order to keep it away from Iran and the forces of resistance in region.

Jibril  pointed out that resistance forces  and  countries in the region have been  for years exposed to a political  media campaign, and that the  US  believes that the destruction of Syria as a state will be conducive to the  destruction of these nations and resistance forces in Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

The Palestinian official  stressed that the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria are attacked  by  terrorists in the framework of the conspiracy aimed at involving the Palestinians in the battle against Syria, pointing out that Hamas felt  under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood under the illusion  that  the regime in Syria will fall.

He added that  Hamas leadership  should be faithful for Syria over what Syria gave them  throughout the past period and to realize that the Liberation of Palestine does not pass from Doha, where the  U.S. bases are stationed.


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President Assad Congratulates S. Africa on National Day

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ President Bashar al-Assad on Friday  sent a  cable of congratulations  to President Jacob Zuma, of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of South Africa's   National Day .

On behalf of the Syrian Arab people and his own behalf, the President expressed most  sincere congratulations and best wishes to President Zuma and the friendly people of South Africa.


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Chemical weapons used in Khan al-Assal likely came from Turkey, says al-Zou'bi

MOSCOW,(ST)_Information Minister said the chemical weapon used by the terrorists outside Aleppo province, in Khan al-Assal area, is likely came from Turkey.

Omran al-Zou'bi  also clarified that  the US-western allegations about the Syrian Arab Army's use of chemical weapons in other locations are groundless.

The RT quoted al-Zou'bi as saying: "the rocket strike hit Khan al-Assal area was launched from a place in which terrorists do exists and it isn't far away from Turkish territories."

He cited Syria's support for Russian experts' participation in investigating the possible use of chemical weapons in the attack on Khan al-Assal, reminding that the Syrian government asked for an inquiry into the incident.

Al-Zou'bi, in addition, said that the US has been involved in terrorist operations all over the world. "Now, the US is involved in the terrorist acts in Syria because of its support and silence towards the armed terrorist groups' crimes and the Gulf-Qatari fund for terrorists."  

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Syrian army deliver fresh knockout blows to foreign-backed terrorists

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces continue hunting down foreign-backed terrorists and bombarding  their hideouts in several districts in countryside of Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, and Lattakia provinces.

Outside the capital, the armed forces shelled today (Friday) several terrorist groupings in Jobar and Barzeh al-Balad , killing and injuring unknown number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA that a unit of armed forces clashed with terrorists in Jobar alley while another unit carried out a qualitative operation against 4 terrorist groupings resulted in destroying them.

In the north of the country, the armed forces targeted terrorist groupings in surrounding of Meng area in Aleppo province, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

In this context, a military expert told the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper that the gunmen intensified their attack on the military Meng airport , of the area 2.5 ha, in order to make a strategic gain in response to the orders of regional forces which back them.

The main goal, the expert added, is to cover the gunmen's defeats in al-Qsir countryside (in Homs, the Eastern Ghouta  in Damascus countryside), and Aleppo's south and east .

"The gunmen try to enhance their stance before the forthcoming meeting between the US and Russian Presidents due to be held in June," the expert said, noting that thousands of gunmen, including Arab and foreign terrorists from al-Nusra Front organization are taking part in the fighting broke out few days ago.

In the country's central province, units of armed forces shelled terrorists' hideouts in al-Qsir city, al-Khaledeya alley, Talbisa , al-Dar al-Kabira, al Dab'a, and the Eastern al-Bweda towns.

Unknown numbers of terrorists were eliminated.

On the other hand, stability and security have been restored to towns of al-Tliseh and al-Zeghbeh north Hama countryside after cleansing them from terrorists.

It was also reported that the armed forces killed at least 8 terrorists (3 of them are Yemenis and one is Tunisian) in Lattakia countryside,  and destroyed ammunitions depot.

Syria is in a state of war and its army is doing its duty as regards defending citizens and the homeland and fighting the foreign-backed terrorist groups to restore stability and security across the country.

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are supported by the US, Britain, France, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.


Syria 's Future is Made by Loyal Syrians – al-Halqi

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi stressed that the positive indicators reached in  previous meetings of the Ministerial Committee with various components of the Syrian society is the result of the Syrian people's faith that the only option to get out of the crisis , successfully is through  dialogue in order to start  the process of  re-building  Syria  and in rejecting any foreign interference in Syria 's  internal affairs .

This was expressed during the  meeting of the ministerial committee in charge of monitoring the implementation of the political program to resolve the crisis in Syria with a delegation representing the founding members of " al-Waed"  trend "under license" , on Thursday.

He reviewed  procedures and meetings carried out by the Ministerial Committee with all political parties to develop visions and common denominators that provide the appropriate atmosphere for the success of the national dialogue, noting judicial and security guarantees taken to ensure safe return of the opposition forces , wishing  to participate in the  dialogue and the political process .

He underlined the  role of the emerging political parties and national trends in the activation and enriching  the  Syrian political , social and cultural movement  in promoting the culture of dialogue and maintaining  the Syrian social fabric and strengthen their steadfastness, pointing out that the future of the new Syria is only made by loyal Syrians.

For their part, members of the emerging party  expressed support for the political program to resolve the political crisis and the  desire to contribute to the success of the national dialogue conference in cooperation with the Ministerial Committee.

They stressed that providing national dialogue a success can be attained through  building  a new Syrian civil state where all Syrians are equal before the law , with a civil law regulating the affairs of the Syrians in all areas of life , a free economic system  that ensures equal  opportunities and social solidarity   between all  Syrians , and  a key role by the Syrian  state in drawing  and implementing economic and social policies.

They stressed  the importance of dialogue with the ministerial committee for the convergence of views on debated topics and confirmed  approval the principles on the ground of which the political  program to resolve the crisis in Syria was launched.


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Al-Zou'bi: Syrian state manages affairs everyplace

MOSCOW,(ST)_Information Minister has underscored that the EU decision related to import stolen oil from 'armed opposition' in Syria is a breach of the UN charter and international law.

Omran al-Zou'bi clarified, in an interview with the RT, that all types of wealth are part of national wealth.

He added that the Syrian state exists everyplace in Daraa province, south the country, and even on the Syrian-Turkish border.

"The existence is not necessary is a military form or local council. The Syrian state manages affairs in different ways. Citizens. Who are living in areas where armed terrorist groups do exist, receive their salaries and supplies," the ministry said.

As for opposition, al-Zou'bi stressed that the Syrian opposition has no political program at all.


"The term 'armed opposition'  has no reference. There is either 'opposition' or 'armed terrorist groups'. Opposition is a peaceful and political principle; however, armed and terrorist groups, as a term, is a security and military principle," the minister said.

He cited that the armed terrorist groups in Syria attack military posts, rural villages, and some residential areas in which no security or military post do exist.


Commenting on the Israeli newspapers' reports about the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in fighting 'armed opposition', al-Zou'bi said the Israeli newspapers have zero credibility.

"The Syrian government and its armed forces have not used and will never use chemical weapons if they exists in Syria… Here, we do not only talk about chemical weapon only, but also about any weapon of destruction,"  the minister added.

He pointed out that Syria is one of the few countries in the region, which have neither weapon of mass destruction nor chemical and nuclear weapons.

Investigation mission

"The armed terrorist groups used chemical weapon in Khan al-Assal area in Aleppo province… Syria has cooperated with the UN to send a team of expert into Syria to investigate the incident," al-Zou'bi added.

He confirmed that the UN and its Secretary General hindered the mission as they want to expand the UN probe." They want the mission to be in style of  the inspection committee in Iraq that led to its destruction on one hand, and help armed terrorist groups to get away with the crime through neglecting the matter on the other."