13 November، 2015
Damascus Countryside, SANA
The French delegation of parliamentarians, journalists, intellectuals and businessmen currently visiting Syria visited Maaloula city and paid a visit to injured Syrian soldiers at Tishreen Military Hospital on Friday.
Members of the delegation, headed by member of the Parliamentary Committee of the Foreign Affairs at the National Assembly Thierry Mariani, stressed their solidarity with the Syrian people in face of terrorism, stressing the need to unify and step up international efforts to confront terrorism.
Mariani said the coordination between the Syrian Army and the Russian air force has led to significant results unlike the U.S.-led coalition, that has carried out hundreds of airstrikes over more than a year, and all went in vain.
For his part, Journalist Andre Kourpov hoped Syria will soon overcome the crisis, calling upon journalists and reporters to inspect the reality of the events in the country.
Speaker of the People’s Assembly meets the visiting French delegation
12 November، 2015
Damascus Countryside, SANA
Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham met a French delegation of parliamentarians, journalists, intellectuals and businessmen headed by member of the Parliamentary Committee of the Foreign Affairs at the National Assembly Thierry Mariani.
Al-Laham stressed during the meeting the importance role which the national, regional and international parliamentary institutions could play in establishing peace, solving problems and crises through dialogue and directing the public opinion to face the Takfiri terrorism which has become a threat to the whole region and the entire world.
He wondered how the European countries, being civil states that have been advocates of democracy and freedom, could ally with countries and kingdoms that promote takfir thinking and extremism, highlighting the importance of conveying to the world the real situation and facts in Syria and the region in terms of the spread of terrorism, extremism, violence and chaos that significantly threaten Europe.
For his part, Mariani said in a statement to journalists following the meeting that the visit of the French delegation to Syria aims at getting familiar with what is really taking place on the ground in Syria, asserting the importance of every effort to combat terrorism in the region.
Qabas/ H. Said
French delegation meets Mufti Hassoun and Tourism Minister
12 November، 2015
Damascus Countryside, SANA
A French delegation of parliamentarians, journalists, intellectuals and businessmen Headed by member of the Parliamentary Committee of the Foreign Affairs at the National Assembly Thierry Mariani, met officials in an expression of the French people’s interest to know the reality of events taking place in Syria.
The delegation, which arrived Wednesday, met in the evening with Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun and Minister of Tourism Bishr Yazigi.
During the meeting with the Grand Mufti, Mariani said that the visit comes in the framework of the French people’s interest in getting to know the situation of all the Syrian sects.
Mariani indicated that they tried to form a delegation not limited to politicians only because there are historical relations that bind his country with Syria and Lebanon, which are declining now because of some policies, adding “we all share hope that peace be brought to Syria soon,”.
Upon their arrival to Damascus, Chairman of the delegation told journalists “The delegation’s visit comes to inspect the situation in Syria, particularly the status of Christians in the region and the international stances towards the current state in the country.”
For his part, Mufti Hassoun stressed that the Syrian people are resilient and determined to beat terrorism, which is targeting the diversity of the Syrian society, its tolerant mentality and the national unity among its individuals, adding that Syrians are defending the entity of their country, its independence and sovereignty.
Policies of some French governments led to minimizing the French presence in the region to an extent of complete absence from the scene, Mufti stressed.
Mufti Hassoun called upon the delegation to deliver the right image of what is taking place in Syria to the French people, which is quite different from what the misleading media outlets have been promoting for, warning of the danger of some Western countries’ fostering extremist ideology.
“Victory hints appear, with Army breaking the siege of Kweiris Airport, emphasize that the Syrian people support the army and leadership until terrorism is eradicated,” the Mufti added.
In the similar context, Minister of Tourism briefed the French delegation on the devastation that hits the tourist and archeological sites due to the terrorist attacks amidst international incapability.
Minister Yazigi clarified that the visits paid by delegations from different countries to check the reality of the events in Syria express the real will of breaking the delusive barrier depicted by their government.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ayman Sousan.
R. Milhem / Barry
France’s support to terrorism in Syria damages its reputation, Assistant FM tells a French delegation
29 September، 2015
Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ayman Sousan on Tuesday briefed a delegation from the French National Assembly headed by MP Gerard Bapt on the terrorist aggression launched against Syria.
MPs Jerome Lambert and Christian Hutin are also among the members of the French delegation.
Sousan stressed that the developments of events have proved the credibility of the Syrian vision regarding the systematic destruction which has targeted some countries of the region.
He held the French Government responsible morally and political for supporting terrorism in Syria, and for its suspicious alliances with some of the regimes of the Gulf States to achieve cheap material interests at the expense of the peoples of the regions and in a way that damages the reputation of France at the international scene and doesn’t serve its interests.
He added that admitting wrong policies adopted by officials of some countries, which are involved in the aggression against Syria, must be in accordance with their serious participation in combating terrorism in the framework of the UN Security Council’s relevant resolutions and of respecting national sovereignty, and to oblige terrorism supporting countries to stop any form of providing support to terrorist organizations to preserve the regional and international peace and stability.
He highly appreciated the conscientious people in France and the European Union who have criticized the current policies of the French Government, underlining the importance of the role played by the parliamentarians in correcting the wrong policies.
For their part, members of the delegation expressed sympathy with the suffering of the Syrian people due to the crimes perpetrated against them by the terrorist organizations.
They hailed the national unity of the Syrian people and the efforts exerted by the Syrian Government to help victims of terrorism.
The stressed that they will convey a true image about what is taking place in Syria to the public opinion in France, affirming the importance of adopting effective policies to combat terrorism.
Later, Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun met with the French delegation and highlighted during the meeting the role which parliamentarians could play in correcting the extremist policies of their governments towards the region.
Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun
Hassoun stressed that the Syrian people, having remained steadfast and united with its army and leadership for five years, were able to foil the conspiracy against their homeland and prove that they own their independent decision.
The French figures, for their part, appreciated the Syrian people’s steadfastness and resilience in the face of the terrorist organizations’ crimes, stressing that they will convey their testimonies to the French and European public opinion.
The French delegation started visit to Syria last Saturday and went to Lattakia, Homs and Damascus, where they met a number of Syrian officials.
R.J/ Barry/M. al-Frieh/H. Said