President Al-Assad receives a Russian delegation headed by Borisov

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday a Russian delegation comprising Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and a number of diplomats.

The two sides expressed their satisfaction over the level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all fields. They asserted the determination of Damascus and Moscow to go ahead with developing this cooperation for the interest of the two countries' peoples.

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Damascus (ST): The new cabinet ministers headed by eng. Hussein Arnous, were sworn in before President Bashar al-Assad.

Presiding over the meeting after the swearing in ceremony, President al-Assad welcomed the new government team, saying “the new government means new members with new ideas and old members with renewable ideas which means reformulation with more developed and more active ways through reviewing visions, strategies and developing mechanisms of implementation, noting that the importance of the review does not only lie in development but in benefiting from previous lessons as these lessons with their negative and positive points can help the official and the establishment to precede surprises, especially under the current circumstances.

His Excellency said that the government should put clear priorities that must meet the needs of citizens.


Right Government lies in good administration

President Al-Assad said that the first important point in the priorities is the project of the administrative reform which was  announced  three years ago, and it is axiomatic that the right governance  or establishment lies in good administration.

The President affirmed that it is impossible to have bad administration and right governance  and anything we do without systematic administration will be incomplete, unstable and temporary ,stressing that if good laws were issued and if there were successful  policies put by the government , but there was no good administration  to accomplish these policies and implement those laws, there is no value for  the policies and laws. "The same  goes for human resources. We usually   talk a lot about the availability of  human resources and say that we have qualifications ,so why we do not use them  , this is a good talk, but it is meaningless without a program which should be put by the government to achieve justice among employees in state establishments.The President clarified that there is an important point for the project of administrative reform which is preventing crossing among establishments  and laws inside the establishments.

"Coordination is not a mood or a personal trait for the official. Rather, it  is a clear mechanism inside institutions. When there is contradiction in capacities and when there is contradiction in laws, the talk about coordination becomes just a meaningless slogan and the program of administrative reform aims to correct all these things in order to get the best results,” the President said, adding that the program of administrative reform aims to correct all defects and we have to support the project of administrative development because it is basic for the development and successof the Syrian state with its all establishments.

President Al-Assad presiding over the new cabinet meeting

President Al-Assad while presiding over  the new cabinet meeting: The new government means new members with new ideas, and old members with fresh ideas.

President Al-Assad: It is very necessary for us to think about how to transform the informatics sector into a strategic sector because it is capable of creating many job opportunities with limited establishment costs and high added value.

President al-Assad receives verbal message from Iraqi PM on political and security coordination

DAMASCUS, (St)_President Bashar al-Assad received on Wednesday the Iraqi Prime Minister's Envoy and chairman of the Popular Mobilization Committee Falih al-Fayyadh.

Al-Fayyad conveyed a verbal message to the president from the Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kazemi on enhancing bilateral cooperation in all fields, the continuity of coordination as regards political and security developments in the region, fighting terrorism and border security.

President Al-Assad, Khaji discuss developments of the political process in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad on Monday received Senior Aide of the Iranian Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji and the accompanying delegation.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the situation in Syria, developments of the political process in the country as the date of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee on Syria in Geneva is approaching.

View points on these issues were identical.

 “Syria is going ahead with this process despite attempts by some parties to divert the committee from its tasks and goals and to change its work mechanism,” President al-Assad stressed.