President al-Assad speaks out
President Bashar Al-Assad has made a rare appearance to speak at Damascus University about the current unrest in Syria. Although the story has been widely reported, we are publishing the press release as published on the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) site in full below:
“His Excellency President Bashar al-Assad delivered on Tuesday before noon a speech at Damascus University Auditorium covering domestic issues in Syria as well as local and regional conditions’ developments.
H.E. President al-Assad reiterated in his speech Syria’s determination to continue the ongoing process of reforms, whose results are known before hand, citing some of the measures and steps taken to this effect including the abrogation of emergency law, authorization for parties, local administration elections, information law, elections law, and the under-discussion anti-corruption law.
President al-Assad declared that the new constitution is to be soon put into popular referendum, citing some aspects of the constitution as to include ‘political and party pluralism’, ‘the people are the source of power especially through elections’.
H.E. welcomed an expansion of the government as to include all political forces and national opposition and pointed out to the importance of dialogue.
The second to none priority for Syrians is the restoration of security and fighting terrorism with an iron fist, outlined President al-Assad hailing the Syrians’ steadfastness and awareness.
President al-Assad underlined that no orders were given to shoot at the citizens and that no cover-up for any person would be given.
President al-Assad cited in his speech some aspects of the conspiracy hatched against Syria,
including the failing media war, blasting the role played by some Arabs as to pave the way for foreign interference in the Syrian affairs.
His Excellency spoke of the Syrian long experience with elected parliaments, parties highlighting the Syrian Arab role in the Arab League, whose Arabism is to be suspended without the participation of Syria, in reference to the decision taken by the League of Arab States to suspend Syria’s participation.”