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Qatar, Turkmenistan Hold Political Consultations Round in Ashgabat

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and Turkmenistan held a round of political consultations on Thursday in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat.

The Qatari side was chaired by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, while the Turkmen side was chaired by HE Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Matiyev Berdyniyaz.

During the round of political consultations, bilateral cooperation relations were reviewed, in addition to a number of issues of common concern.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Iran supports Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, President Raisi says

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi received on Thursday Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Fayssal Mikdad and the accompanying delegation at his residence in Damascus, within the framework of the Iranian President’s visit to Syria.

During the meeting, President Raisi reiterated his country’s continued support for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, praising the positive diplomatic moves taking place in the region.

In this regard, Raisi stressed the wisdom of President Bashar al-Assad and the rightness of his stances in dealing with the various issues and challenges facing Syria.

Minister Mikdad, for his part, briefed President Raisi on Syria’s stance towards political developments taking place in the region and the world, particularly the recent political movements.

He also reviewed the outcomes of his recent visits to the Arab countries as well as the currently preparations for participating in the coming meeting of foreign ministers of Syria, Iran, Russia, and Turkey in Moscow.

In this context, Minister Mikdad affirmed Syria’s stance towards ending the illegitimate Turkish military presence in Syria.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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President Raisi meets Minister of Endowments and Senior Religious Scholars in Damascus

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met Senior Religious Scholars in Damascus in the presence of Minister of Religious Endowments Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed.

The Religious Scholars welcomed His Excellency and hailed the strategic ties binding Syria and Iran and their united position against the US and Israeli terrorism targeting peoples in the region.

President Raisi thanked the scholars and praised the resilience of Syrians, affirming Iran’s firm support to Syrians and the deep-rooted strategic relations between the two countries.

Raisi stressed that the method of resistance adopted by President Bashar al-Assad has given fruit and this was clear through Syria’s victory over terrorism and its supporters.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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President Raisi discusses with Arnous indicators of trade exchange

In the framework of his official visit to Syria, the Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, received Prime Minister, Hussein Arnous at his residence in Damascus.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed means of boosting aspects of cooperation and the need for following up on the joint cooperation documents signed early and finding the proper executive mechanisms in the interests of the two peoples.

The talks also dealt with the needed measures that should be taken to boost indicators of trade exchange.

President Raisi affirmed the Iranian companies’ willingness to actively share in the reconstruction process in Syria.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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President Raisi: The Iranian people and officials always stand by the Syrian people

president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, said that the Iranian people and officials always stand by the Syrian people.

President Raisi, at the Forum of Businessmen held in Damascus, added that during the last meeting with President Bashar al-Assad, a number of decisions were taken, as 15 documents were signed between Tehran and Damascus.

President Raisi added that this visit represents a positive turning point for promoting bilateral ties, and “you will witness its impacts on economic relations between the two countries.”

His excellency said that the current volume of trade exchange between the two countries “is not acceptable from our point of view and does not rise to the excellent political relations between the two sides and we need a step forward in this field to expand relations.”

The Iranian President added that the joint meetings between Syria and Iran are useful for implementing the mutual agreements, and it is appropriate for the two countries to form a joint room among Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

On the other hand, the Iranian president stressed that the Syrian people have suffered for 12 years’ huge difficulties, troubles and big injustice, considering that the takfiris who launched attacks on the Syrian people with support of the West must be accountable in front of ethics, law and history.

“Unfortunately, there is no mechanism to prosecute oppressors and takfiri in the world although they caused heavy losses to the Syrian people, and we hope that justice will be achieved soon so that the hegemony system bears responsibility towards the Syrian people and other peoples,” the President said.

Raisi renewed Iran’s permanent support, as people, government and leadership, for the Syrian people as they have stood by them during the past years.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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Government

Several MoUs signed at conclusion of 11th session of Syrian-Iraqi Joint Committee

Syria and Iraq signed a number of memos of understanding for cooperation in the domains of health, higher education, scientific research and organizing international exhibitions on Wednesday at the conclusion of the 11th session of the Syrian-Iraqi Joint Committee.

The two sides also signed a minute of the committee’s meetings which reflected the results of its work over a period of three days in the domains of trade, investment, insurance, customs, industry, agriculture, energy, tourism and urban development.

The available investment opportunities were also reviewed as the two sides underlined the importance of exchanging expertise in different domains, in addition to holding joint exhibitions and establishing partnerships in the industrial domain.

In statements to the media after the signing, the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Mohammad Samer al-Khalil, said that the minutes of the committee’s meetings included a comprehensive review of the reality of cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

Minister al-Khalil noted that there was an important response from the Iraqi side in a number of measures within one approach aimed at developing the policy of trade exchange between the two countries and starting joint investment relations.

Health Minister, Dr. Hassan al-Ghobash, for his part, stated that the memo of understanding signed with the Iraqi side includes two basic items, the first is cooperation in several issues in the health field, and the second item is related to medicines, especially the registration of Syrian medicines in Iraq.

The memos and the minutes of the meetings were signed on behalf of the Iraqi side by Iraqi Minister of Trade, Atheer al-Ghurairy.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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44 tourists from Russia, Belarus and Belgium visit archeological monuments in Damascus

A tourist group that includes 44 tourists from Russia, Belarus and Belgium has visited Damascus City after they had paid a visit to Homs central Province.

The tourist group toured the archeological monuments at the Umayyad Mosque and al-Azim Palace as well as a number of monasteries and churches in Damascus and in Palmyra City, in addition to Krak des Chevaliers Castle in Homs.

They documented with photos and videos what they saw on the ground to convey the true image to their country.

In a statement to SANA reporter, Eng. Abdel Basset Khattab, Head of Tourism Marketing and Information Department, Damascus Tourism Directorate, said that since the beginning of this year, Syria has witnessed good tourist arrivals from India, Iraq and Russia.

Abdel Basset added that this movement is on the rise, particularly after the recovery of the tourism sector.

He noted that the Ministry of Tourism receives tourists from all countries and provides them with all the possible facilitations, hoping that Syria will return as before to attract tourists from all over the world.

Maher al-Azaat from the Federation of Chambers of Tourism stated that the tourism sector in Syria has begun to recover, mainly after the return of security and safety thanks to the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army.

Al-Azaat added that more than 50,000 tourists of different nationalities have visited Syria during the last period.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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Bahrain tops the ladder in religious harmony, tolerance: Rabbi Moshe

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s commitment to religious harmony and tolerance has made the country a benchmark globally, says Rabbi Moshe Levine.

Rabbi Moshe Levine, Vice President for the Conference of European Rabbis and Special Advisor for the Chief Rabbi of France, on the sidelines of the second edition of the Joint Bahrain-EU Conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief, told the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) that he came to Bahrain for the first time in 2015.

He said he attended the first and second editions of the Bahrain-EU conference and realised how important they were.

The Rabbi underlined the topics the conference focused on this year, which are cyberspace and climate change.

“The event highlights different religions and different origins. It brings a change. And in the Kingdom of Bahrain, we see these special features that we don’t get to see all over Europe,” he said.

“In Europe, we don’t see the diversity which we see in Bahrain, something very special. That’s why I like to come and share this moment with other people.”

The rabbi said that he appreciates the efforts of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in showing commitment to peace.

“It’s a long way to obtain peace and maintain it, and I know the endless efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain and that’s why I like to be part of this event and I am very happy to be here.”

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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EU, Bahrain open new window of hope on religious freedom: Portuguese MP

Francisco Dinis, member of Portuguese Parliament, described the Bahrain-EU Conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief as unique and objective in creating religious harmony.

Speaking to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA), he said that he was honoured to be part of a conference in which the Kingdom of Bahrain and the European Union, once again joined forces for discussing and cooperating in a constructive manner to respond to the needs of religious freedom.

“When we talk about fundamental rights, it is inevitable to also refer to a religious aspect, the belief of the human being,” he said. “In this sense, freedom of conscience, religion, and worship, must be inviolable and guaranteed to all as basic pillars of religious freedom.”

Dinis reiterated the message that has echoed in the conference on ignorance being the cause of discrimination and hate speech.

“The answer to that ignorance will have to be success; success in implementing better policies, success in stopping hate speech, success in improving conduct, success in improving our lives for equality and freedom,” he said.

“We must start together from a narrative based on three points, inclusion, tolerance and proximity.”

Dinis underscored the importance of education, press and the inclusion of youth in the fight against discrimination and prejudice.

“In ethical educational aspects all religions have enormous potential for the reeducation of human beings, helping to correct individualistic, selfish and destructive habits, and providing community and solidarity,” he said.

Dinis added: “Freedom of the press is not unconditional freedom. If the freedom of one begins where the other ends, we cannot allow it to insult and offend individual and collective rights.”

Dino also spoke on the role of inter-religious in addressing the challenge of climate change.

“Only through dialogue will it be possible to find solutions to a threat that is global,” he said. “We must look at principles, values, differences, and cultural attitudes as means to channel efforts.”

He added: “The contribution is indispensable, not only from states for better policies, but also from the several religions in the mobilisation based on their ethical and moral capacities.”

He said History has shown that habits, personal behaviour, values, and social principles are strongly influenced by religions.

“We will have to reinforce a new connection between human beings and nature as a mission,” he urged.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Foreign Ministry’s delegation meets UNRWA officials

A delegation form the Foreign Ministry paid a visit toe the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Jordan.

The delegation included Human Rights Affairs Department Chief Ambassador Dr. Arwa Hassan Al Sayyed and Arab-African Affairs Department Chief Ahmed Ak Tarifi.

They held a meeting with UNRWA Director of External Relations (DER), Tamara Alrifai and Senior specialist of the Foreign Relations Rami Adwan and discussed the vital role of the UNRWA in supporting refugees and launching initatives and projects.

The delegation reiterated Bahrain’s unwavering supporting to the Palestinue issue and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian refugees, based on the Arab Peace Initiative and othe international resolutions.

Source: Bahrain News Agency