President Assad to the Members of the World Peace Council: We Have Paid a Great Price to Preserve our Homeland

Damascus-Sana Arabic

President Bashar al-Assad met on Wednesday with members of the World Peace Council and the World Federation of Democratic Youth who are taking part in the meetings of the World Peace Council’s Executive Committee currently held in Damascus.

At the beginning of the meeting, President al-Assad thanked the participants for their stances in support of Syria and their unflinching solidarity for the Syrian people since the beginning of the war, considering that the founding principles of the World Peace Council and its sought-for goals can bring about world in which more safety and justice prevail for future generations.

The President considered that the weight of the World Peace Council and the World Federation of Democratic Youth lies in their adherence to their principles in defending truth and embodying the principle of peace at a time when international policies are built on lies and deception.

The President indicated that the world needs these organizations and parties especially amid attempts by some superpowers to turn international organizations into tools to strike stability and push for destruction instead of exerting efforts to consolidate peace and stability in the world.

Defending principles exacts a price, the President affirmed, citing Syria which paid a heavy price to preserve the homeland and independent decision.

“When principles are realistic and based on the will and interests of nations, they constitute a solid basis in the face of the narrow interests of some Western states who have never refrained from igniting wars to realize their goals by spreading the extremist ideology which was marketed by the US administration in the 1980s and promulgating ignorance in a way that plunges peoples into wars and through spreading poverty in the world,” added the President.

Maria do Socorro Gomes, President of the World Peace Council, condemned the crimes against the Syrian people which “have shown the world the stances of the imperialist states towards peace and the sovereignty of nations,” affirming that the Council’s members will exert all efforts to unmask the true face of the terrorist war against Syria.

The President of the World Youth Democratic Union, Iacovos Tofari, said that holding their meetings in Syria carries a clear message of solidarity to the Syrian people in the face of war, expressing confidence in the ability of the Syrians to rebuild their country just as they succeeded in defending it.

The Syrian people’s struggle against terrorism is the struggle of all peoples to attain a world in which they will be able to live in peace and decide their own future, free from any foreign interference, and they stand with the Syrians in their heroic struggle to defend their homeland.

They affirmed their confidence in the ability of the Syrian people to achieve the final victory.

Translation by Internationalist 360°