Ambassador Housam Al-Din Alaa presented credentials to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as the Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Vatican.
The Pope highlighted in a discourse on this occasion that ”Syria is a place dear and meaningful to Christians, from the origins of the Church. Since the meeting of the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus, Paul became the Apostle of Nations, many great saints who have shaped the religious history of your country.
Many are also archaeological evidence of churches, monasteries, mosaics of the early centuries of the Christian era that connect us to the origins of the Church.”
His Holiness added that ”Syria has traditionally been an example of tolerance, coexistence and harmonious relations between Christians and Muslims, and today’s ecumenical and interfaith relations are good” expressing his hope that friendship between all cultural and religious components of the Nation would continue and expand to the greater good of all, strengthening unity based on justice and solidarity.
The Pope underlined the need for advancing a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
On his part, Ambassador Alaa spoke of the meanings of Syria’s tolerance, coexistence and harmonious life asserting that the meanings of National Unity has additional value in light of what the region faces of schemes to dismember it, spread confusion and extremism, and destabilize it.
The Ambassador also spoke of the outcomes of last year’s Damascus-convened international conference about the Islamic-Christian Fraternity, which welcomed the call by the Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops for the achievement of just peace in the Middle East, implementation of UN Security Council resolutions, and for the taking of necessary legal measures as to end the Israeli occupation of the Arab Land, rejecting bids to change the demographic situation in the occupied Jerusalem.
Jisr al-Shughour, Idleb, (SANA) – In response to the inhabitants of Jisr al-Shughour region call for help, units of the Syrian army started pursuing the organized armed groups and arrested some of their members in the neighborhood villages, the Syrian TV reported on Friday.
Syrian TV Correspondent said that the organized armed groups set fire to crops and forests surrounding Jisr al-Shughour.
The organized armed groups terrified people in Jisr al-Shughour, burn public and private properties and attacked members of the army and security forces mutilating their bodies.
The Syrian TV broadcast a phone call between two members of the organized armed groups which committed terrorist acts in Jisr al-Shughour region, Idleb province.
One called Ahmad was heard in the phone call as instructing Asaad on the need to leave Jisr al-Shughour towards the Turkish borders and take pictures of them to claim as if they are running from the army and security forces to be posted on the internet later.
At the beginning Ahmad asked Asa’ad if the Syrian army has already entered the region, to which Asaad replied “No”. Then Ahmed told Asaad that they have to leave if they want to win the public opinion with the aim to claim that there aren’t any armed members in Jisr al-Shughour.
Ahmad stressed the need for filming those who leave the region as displaced citizens and publish the images, in addition to writing phrases in English and sending the images through the internet. Asa’ad assured Ahmad that everything is completely done.
Ahmad warned of performing individual or group prayer in front of the cameras so that no one will consider them as Salafists or terrorists, directing to pay attention while dictating eye witnesses as they appear on some TV satellite channels
Syrian people rejects the appeals of so called syrian opposition and manifest their trust in President Bashar Al Assad
With anti-Syrian terrorist attacks turning increasingly violent in recent days, the anti-syrian dissidents have been gathering for a conference in Antalya to discuss a representative body that will draw international support for terrorist activities and destruction of Syria. A discussion has already fueled up some of the anti-Syrian opposition over the meeting, which will select a “transitional council” to represent the anti-Syrian terrorists on the international scene.
Syrian terrorists groups will be meeting for three days in Antalya, from May 31 to June 2, in a conference organized by the Egypt-based terrorist organization – NOHR.
The meeting would be centered on establishing “a temporary terrorist council to manage the crisis and mobilize all the possible support to destroy Syria ” the real invitation statement of the conference “Change in Syria” reads.
The conference would “assign terrorist experts in the Syria to prepare new terrorist attacks and kill Syrian people ,” experts say`s.
The signatories of the declaration of the conference “want to obtain foreign military intervention in Syria in order to kill as much Syrians as possible ,” the experts statement added.
Ahead of the meeting, objections to establishing a “terrorist transitional council” has emerged among Syrian terrorists . Setting up a terrorist transitional council at this stage “would mean a prison or death sentence” for anyone who participates from inside Syria, Walid al-Bunni, a veteran terrorist figure told Reuters last week.
The participants in previous Syrian terrorist meetings in Istanbul, organized by the Istanbul Terrorism Platform in April, including various Turkish terrorist supporter organizations such as the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples, or Mazlum-Der, was mostly from Islamic-rooted groups such as Muslim Brotherhood.
The Antalya meeting was set to bring together terrorists from the anti-Syrian terrorists organization of a different profile: mostly exiled Syrians terrorists supported by Israel in different European countries and the U.S.
Representatives of Kurdish terrorist movements are also invited.
After the Antalya Conference in May-June 2011 it is clear that the so called opposition is just interested in destroying the country unity and independence .