No Sanctions Can Stop Cooperation between Russia, ASEAN Countries, 13 States Mull Buying Russia’s S-400 Despite US Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin: No Sanctions Can Stop Cooperation between Russia, ASEAN Countries

November 15, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that no sanctions can stop cooperation between Russia and the ASEAN countries.

At a press conference in Singapore after his participation in the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Russia-ASEAN summit, Putin said that any politically-motivated restrictions in the economy are a hindrance and hurt everyone, including those who introduce them.

No sanctions can stop cooperation between Russia and the ASEAN countries and the development of their economies, the Russian strongman said.

Putin meanwhile, stressed that Russia is ready to work with Japan to resolve controversial issues.

He also asserted that Russia’s participation in WEF in Davos “will not affect Russia’s authority in world’s economy. A country’s authority in the world’s economy depends on its economic power, the economy’s structure, results in terms of technological effectiveness, the GDP growth, macroeconomic indicators, small external debt, the absence of budget deficit or its minimum rate or, what is better, budget surplus, which Russia enjoys now.”

Those imposing restrictions on Russian businessmen’s participation in WEF impose them against themselves, Putin added.

On the other hand, the Russian President has spoken briefly with US Vice President Mike Pence and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton before the beginning of the plenary session of the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

Meeting with Pence, Bolton

Putin and Pence had discussed strategic stability as well as the implementation of a new start treaty, Sputnik said.

He said that he believes that strategic stability is the key issue on the agenda of Russia-US talks.

Commenting on Syrian influx of migrants, Putin said that Europe should get rid of its “phobias” and help the Syrian people if it does not want to face a new inflow of migrants.

Russia is ready for full-fledged work in Syria’s economy, which would be advantageous for Moscow, and hopes that joint humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria, conducted by Russia as well as France and Germany, will continue, Putin added.

Source: Sputnik

13 States Mull Buying Russia’s S-400 Despite US Sanctions: Report

November 15, 2018

S-400 air defense systems

At least 13 countries have expressed their interest in purchasing the Russian S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems instead of US equipment despite the likelihood of provoking Washington’s sanctions, media reported citing people with first-hand knowledge of a US intelligence assessment.

Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam were among the countries that had already engaged in talks on buying the Russian missile systems, the CNBC broadcaster reported on Wednesday.

Washington expected that several countries would yield to the US pressure and abandon their plans to purchase the Russian equipment, the outlet added.

“Many of these countries do not want to wait for US regulatory hurdles … The S-400 has less export restrictions and the Kremlin is willing to expedite sales by skipping over any regulatory hurdles. It’s like buying it off the shelf,” one of the sources told the broadcaster.

Another source noted that S-400 had been more powerful, in terms of capability, than the US most capable Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

“No other US system can match the S-400’s ability to protect large swathes of airspace at such long ranges,” the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said.

Sanctions over the purchase of the Russian military equipment could be triggered under the US Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which came into force in 2017 and is set to punish Moscow for it alleged meddling in the US 2016 presidential election.

Source: Sputnik

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Behind a Saudi Prince’s Rise, Two Loyal Enforcers

By Ben Hubbard and David D. Kirkpatrick

When Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia convened an outdoor banquet this spring for his fellow Arab rulers, seated among the kings, princes and presidents were two friends with few qualifications other than their closeness to the young prince himself: a poet who has become known for orchestrating ferocious social media campaigns, and a former security guard who runs the Saudi sports commission.

The two men had each played pivotal roles in many of the brazen power plays that have marked Prince Mohammed’s sprint to dominance of the kingdom — the ouster of the previous crown prince, the detentions of royals and businessmen in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, the kidnapping of the Lebanese prime minister, and the kingdom’s diplomatic spats with Qatarand Canada. Even Saudi royals have come to fear the prince’s two friends — Saud el-Qahtani, 40, and Turki al-Sheikh, 37 — and the Arab potentates around the table could scarcely object to their presence.

Now the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents has focused attention on their roles as enablers of the crown prince’s impulsiveness and aggression, and Saudi watchers consider the men’s fate a bellwether of the royal court’s direction as it grapples with the international outrage over the killing.

“They are the closest people to the crown prince,” said Kristin Smith Diwan, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “They are his political enforcers and the face of the brash new ‘Saudi first’ posture at home and abroad, and those opposed to the hypernationalist, thuggish direction in Saudi foreign policy would be happy to see them cut down to size.”

Neither man is among the 18 people Saudi Arabia says it has arrested in the course of its investigation into Mr. Khashoggi’s killing.

But the kingdom has already assigned some blame for the killing to Mr. Qahtani, the social-media czar. He lost his title as an adviser to the royal court because he contributed to the vitriolic rhetoric toward the kingdom’s critics that led to Mr. Khashoggi’s death, a Saudi official said. It is unclear which of his many duties Mr. Qahtani has relinquished.

Mr. Sheikh, the sports commissioner, was in New York for medical treatment during the killing, according to Saudis who know him, and has since avoided the spotlight.

Mr. Khashoggi, who was a Saudi insider before fleeing the kingdom last year to live in Virginia and write columns for The Washington Post, had said the two men exemplified what was dangerous about Prince Mohammed.

The crown prince “does not have political advisers except Turki al-Sheikh and Saud al-Qahtani,” Mr. Khashoggi said in private comments published by Newsweek after his death. “They are very thuggish. People fear them. You challenge them, you might end up in prison.”

Mr. Qahtani did not respond to messages seeking comment. Mr. Sheikh did not respond to a request for comment sent to the sports commission.

Both men run portfolios — social media and sports — that resonate with the large population of young Saudis whom Prince Mohammed has courted as his base. Both have sought to fire up the fierce nationalism that the prince has encouraged by pouring money into battles against rivals in stadiums or on the internet.

Although neither portfolio relates to foreign affairs, foreign envoys often seek out the two men because of their influence, said Dennis Horak, the former Canadian ambassador to Riyadh who was expelled in August after other Canadian diplomats called for the release of detained rights activists.

Mr. Sheikh was approachable while Mr. Qahtani “had a much fiercer reputation,” Mr. Horak said. The pair, he said, was “not so much good cop-bad cop, more bad cop and lesser-bad cop.”

Like Prince Mohammed, neither was well known before the prince’s father, King Salman, ascended the throne in 2015. Both were educated inside the kingdom with scant experience abroad.

Critics in the kingdom say that they sometimes failed to understand the dynamics of Western politics and culture, like when Mr. Qahtani orchestrated the plastering of billboards and trucks in London with his boss’s photo during the crown prince’s visit there last spring — to the derision of Londoners unaccustomed to foreign personality cults.

But each man had skills the prince treasured.

Mr. Qahtani, who held an undergraduate law degree and wrote poetry, had been recruited to work in the royal court more than a decade ago. He gained a deep understanding of the royal family’s secrets that members and associates of the royal family say he later exploited to help Prince Mohammed plot his rise and eliminate his rivals.

He also appears to have developed an interest in hacking. As early as 2009, someone using credentials associated with Mr. Qahtani was trawling amateur hacking forums to learn about surveillance software, according to images of the posts captured by other forum members.

In 2012, someone using Mr. Qahtani’s government email address solicited services from the Italian spyware company Hacking Team, according emails later released by WikiLeaks. In one email, the writer sought a visit by people with “high technical knowledge” to “explain the solutions you offer and training and costs.”

“Will bear all the costs of the trip from A-Z,” the author of the email added.

Mr. Qahtani has become Prince Mohammed’s chief propagandist. With a Twitter following of 1.36 million users, he solicited names for a blacklist of enemies of the kingdom and then marshaled mass social media attacks against them, commanding followers his critics have called “electronic flies.” His work has earned him the nicknames Lord of the Flies, Mr. Hashtag and “Saudi Arabia’s Steve Bannon.”

Mr. Sheikh was a bodyguard in Prince Mohammed’s security detail who charmed the prince with his sense of humor and intense loyalty, said associates of the royal family who know both men. Roughly the same age, they developed a personal rapport, and the prince rewarded Mr. Sheikh with a seemingly limitless budget to make the kingdom an international contender in tennis, boxing, soccer and other sports. He has welcomed wrestling legend Hulk Hogan to Riyadh and last April, he joked in the ringabout keeping for himself the championship belt for the WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble.

In an extension of his royally financed campaign to build a sports empire, Mr. Sheikh became the honorary president of one of the most successful and popular soccer teams in Egypt, an honor widely believed to reflect heavy investments of money from the crown prince. But Mr. Sheikh resigned in a dispute with the board after just a few months and instead bankrolled his own rival franchise, Pyramid. He recruited three star Brazilian players and launched a sports channel dedicated to his team, reportedly pouring in as much as $33 million.

But he complained publicly that Egyptian referees, fans and commentators were failing to appreciate his investments, and said he had asked Egypt’s president to intervene. In September, a stadium of Egyptian soccer fans broke out in vulgar chants denouncing Mr. Sheikh and the Saudis, and he responded by abandoning the team.

“Strange attacks from everywhere, and a new story every day,” he wrote on Facebook. “Why the headache?”

Mr. Sheikh also splurged last September on a $4.8 million limited edition Bugatti Chiron sports car, according to a sales contract obtained by The New York Times. The seller, the Emirati businessman Saeed Mohammed Butti Alqubaisi, declined to comment.

When an entertainment program on the Saudi-owned satellite network MBC last year seemed to hint at a rumored affair between Mr. Sheikh and an Egyptian singer, Mr. Sheikh ordered the network to fire the production team, according to industry executives familiar with the case. The show remains off the air.

Both men played signal roles in Prince Mohammed’s rise. In June 2017, Mr. Sheikh and Mr. Qahtani were among a handful of Prince Mohammed’s loyalists who forcibly detained the previous crown prince and interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, holding him overnight and threatening him until he agreed to give up his claim to the throne, according to members and associates of the royal family.


In a video made the next day, Mr. Sheikh can be seen hovering behind the ousted prince as he pledges allegiance to Mohammed bin Salman. A social media campaign spread rumors that a cocaine addiction had made the ousted prince unfit to rule, and people close to the royal family said Mr. Qahtani fueled the rumors.

Both men sprang into action again when Saudi Arabia led a blockade of its tiny neighbor Qatar in June 2017, over its support for political Islam. They unleashed insults and promoted hashtags bashing Qatar, and Mr. Qahtani forced MBC to stop airing Turkish soap operas because of Turkey’s support for Qatar, costing the network millions in losses, according to industry executives.

He also persuaded Prince Mohammed to spend more than $100,000 on American television commercials denouncing Qatar, evidently unaware of how few Americans were following the Gulf dispute.

A Qatari-owned network, BeIN Sports, had acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast this year’s World Cup in the Arab world. So Mr. Qahtani helped promote BeoutQ, a bootleg operation beamed from Riyadh-based Arabsat. BeoutQ ripped live events from BeIN’s feed and broadcast the games without paying for rights, spurring international lawsuits. The Saudi government has denied any relationship to the pirate network.

Both men also played key roles again last fall when Crown Prince Mohammed arbitrarily detained hundreds of the kingdom’s richest businessmen and several of his royal cousins in a Ritz-Carlton hotel in what was billed as a crackdown on corruption — just a few weeks after Mr. Sheikh had picked up his $4.8 million Bugatti.

Both men acted as interrogators, demanding that the captives confess to corrupt self-enrichment and pledge to surrender vast sums, according to relatives and close associates of several detainees. Although blindfolded during some interrogations, detainees told relatives that they saw the two men or recognized their voices from broadcast interviews. Others said that through hotel room windows, they saw Mr. Sheikh coming and going surrounded by armed guards.

Several former detainees have reported physical mistreatment during the interrogations, including beatings, electrical shocks and suspension upside down for long periods.

Some have shown their family members lasting scars from the beatings and shocks, and in one case photographs of the bruises and scars have been shared with The New York Times; some of the pictures included the electronic monitoring bracelet that the government has forced released detainees to wear to track their movements. One was forced to make his consent to a forced confession with only a thumb print because he was too incapacitated to write out his signature, according to a relative informed by the detainee.

Although no evidence has emerged that either man directly abused the captives, both questioned detainees who had been abused.

The government of Saudi Arabia has called the allegations of physical abuse “absolutely untrue.”

A few weeks after his release from the Ritz, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, once the kingdom’s wealthiest investor, made a donation of more than a half-million dollars to a Saudi soccer club, writing on Twitter that he was “responding to the invitation of my brother Turki al-Sheikh.”

Neither Mr. Qahtani nor Mr. Sheikh have commented publicly on the killing of Mr. Khashoggi. But Mr. Qahtani, who lost his title as a royal court adviser, appears to believe his days of serving the prince are not over.

After his dismissal, he tweeted his thanks to the king and crown prince for “this great opportunity to have the honor to serve the homeland.”

“I will remain a loyal servant of my country forever,” he added.

Ben Hubbard reported from Beirut, and David D. Kirkpatrick from London. Tariq Panja contributed reporting from London, and Karam Shoumali from Berlin.

Source: NYT, Edited by website team

لا للتطبيع… وإنْ كانت عُمان

أكتوبر 27, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– ينتظر الكثيرون من الذين ناصبوا محور المقاومة العداء لمعرفة ما سنكتب وما سنقول أمام حدث استقبال عُمان لرئيس حكومة الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو، ويظنون أن مواقف عُمان من الحرب على سورية وقد استحقت تنويهنا، أو رعايتها لدور معتدل تجاه اليمن والعدوان عليه وقد استحقت تقديرنا بسببه، أو حرصها على الحفاظ على علاقات طيبة بإيران رغم اللغة العدائية التي تقودها السعودية ضد إيران وقد لفت اهتمامنا ذلك، سوف يجعلنا نتلعثم عندما نرى نتنياهو في مسقط ضيفاً على الحكم العُماني.

– ليس مهماً ما تقوله مسقط حول أن حكومة الاحتلال تقرأ ما يجري في المنطقة في كتاب أميركي مبني على اليقين بسقوط صفقة القرن، والحاجة للعودة إلى مربع التفاوض السابق، وأن اتصالات أميركية وروسية لتعويم المسار السابق قد سرّع مفاعيلها ما يجري في السعودية وما سيجري فيها، وأن كل هذا التمهيد قد سبق زيارة نتنياهو لعُمان، لتتهيأ لدور قيادي في هذا المسار، فالقضية المبدئية لا تناقش بلغة المصالح السياسية، والاستراتيجيات لا تقارب بلغة التكتيك. والمبدأ هو أن كيان الاحتلال يقتنص فرصة التطبيع المجاني من عُمان بمثل ما فعل مع دول عربية أخرى من قبل، ورماها عندما استهلكها، وأنه رغم مأزقه الاستراتيجي لا يزال قادراً على التلاعب بأوراق المنطقة بسبب الحسابات الخاطئة التي تمنحه فرص الظهور بمظهر القوة وهو في ذروة الضعف. والاستراتيجي هو أن كيان الاحتلال لم يقدم في القضية الفلسطينية شيئاً علنياً أو عملياً يخفّف من الآثار المدمرة لكل تطبيع وانفتاح.

– يجب أن تعلم القيادة العُمانية أن ما فعلته أصاب الفلسطينيين في الصميم، ومنح كيان الاحتلال ربحاً من حساب عربي مجاناً، وأن المؤمنين بالحق الفلسطيني والمدركين خطر المشروع الصهيوني والملتزمين بخيار المقاومة، يرون في الموقف العُماني سقوطاً غير مقبول ولا تبرير له، ويشعرون بالحزن على الإصابة التي لحقت بصورة عُمان من جراء ارتكاب هذه الخطيئة، التي لم يتجرأ الذين مهدوا لثقافة التطبيع وقاموا بالتنسيق الأمني مع كيان الاحتلال ومنحوه المال مراراً، على فعلها، وأنهم زيّنوا لعُمان أن تفعلها لتسقط مكانتها التي كانت ستكبر مع المتغيرات المقبلة في المنطقة، وأن الخطيئة العُمانية ستقطع الطريق على الكثير مما كانت ستجنيه عُمان لو صمدت عند موقفها.

– النخب القومية والوطنية في عُمان معنية أن تقول لقيادتها إنها أصابت مشاعرهم في الصميم وإنهم يشعرون بالخجل وهم يرون نتنياهو في عاصمتهم، بينما لم تتجرّأ السعودية التي شاركت في التحضير لصفقة القرن وتميّزت عنها عُمان، أن تفعل ذلك، وليس تحريضاً على هز الاستقرار أن نتوقع سماع الأصوات العُمانية تصرخ بصوت عالٍ، أن ما جرى معيب وغير مقبول، وأن شيئاً ما يجب فعله ليتم محو آثار هذه الخطئية التي إذا تحوّلت عنصراً محدداً في رسم السياسة العُمانية، فالقيادة العُمانية تكون قد قرّرت أن تنتقل من ضفة الرابحين في حروب المنطقة وأزماتها إلى ضفة الخاسرين، بوهم البحث عن دور في صناعة تسويات هي مجرد أوهام مع كيان الاحتلال والعدوان.

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Trump using Iranophobia to sell American munitions to Arab states: Nasrallah

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, addresses his supporters via a televised speech broadcast from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on October 12, 2018.

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, addresses his supporters via a televised speech broadcast from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on October 12, 2018.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018 04:18PM

The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says US President Donald Trump knows no limits in his efforts to blackmail Arab states of the Middle East region through the Iranophobic language.

Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Friday evening, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Trump’s latest remarks that Iran planned to take control of the Middle East in just “12 minutes” were meant to lure regional rulers into paying him exorbitant sums of money in return for preserving their regimes.

“As (the late founder of Iran’s Islamic Revolution) Imam Khomeini said the US government is an administration of thieves. It is a regime of theft. Former US presidents were also thieves but did not perpetrate their misdeeds blatantly. The incumbent one, however, robs Arab leaders and humiliates them at the same time,” Nasrallah pointed out.

“Trump shows no respect for ethics, human rights and justice in his remarks. We are witness to a US regime, which does not shy away from using the language of contempt and humiliating anyone, albeit it might be their friend and ally,” he said.

The Hezbollah chief further noted that Trump views the Islamic Republic of Iran as a great and strong establishment, while considers all Arab states buying billions of dollars worth of weapons from him as fairly feeble that cannot last on their legs for more than 12 minutes without his support.

“Trump is making use of the anti-Iran rhetoric in a bid to sell billions of dollars worth of American munitions and military hardware to Arab rulers,” he said.

Nasrallah then advised Arab leaders to reconsider their reliance on American statesmen, saying, “The United States is the same country, which denied the deposed Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a visa for cancer treatment. This came despite the fact that he used to be a long-time US ally in the region.”

“Arab leaders would better allocate the billions of dollars that they are paying Trump to solving their own nations’ problems,” the Hezbollah secretary general commented.

He also scoffed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s allegations about Hezbollah’s secret weapons sites, stressing that his movement’s policy is to maintain vigilance and not to respond to such trumped-up charges.

“Denial of Israeli allegations would be a free favor to the Tel Aviv regime,” Nasrallah said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hezbollah chief stated that he has on occasions demanded the quick formation of a new unity government in Lebanon.

“I assure you all that neither Iran nor Syria does interfere in the formation of the future Lebanese government,” Nasrallah concluded.

Sayyed Nasrallah Mourns Um Imad, Responds To Trump Speech

October 12, 2018

Sayyed Nasrallah, Um Imad

Sara Taha Moughnieh

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech on Friday during a ceremony held after three days of Um Imad’s – mother of martyred resistance leader Hajj Imad moughnieh – departure.

Um Imad (Hajje Amena Salameh) passed away on Monday at the age of 80 after having spent a life of sacrifice and patience for the sake of Islam and Freedom.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed on the significant and active role that Um Imad played in the path of resistance and Islam since she was a young girl indicating that “As Imam Khomeini said ‘The role of the women is similar to that of the Quran, they are both entitled to build the human being’ and Um Imad as a mother played her role perfectly”.

“Um Imad offered us the great leader Hajj Imad Moughnieh, not just by bringing him to life but by raising him to become who he is,” his eminence added.

“Beside her role as a mother, she was an essential part in the establishment of several NGOs since the beginning of the resistance… her house was more like a house for Hezbollah, specifically after the martyrdom of Hajj Imad and while the resistance was passing through a sensitive period,” Sayyed Nasrallah noted.

He added: “She was present at the houses of the martyrs, the old and the new martyrs, despite her age and health state, and she had an impact on everyone who met her… she had strong determination and firmness and aided us in our psychological war.”

In this context, his eminence stressed the special respect, admiration, and care that Hajj Imad had for his mother.

On another hand, Sayyed Nasrallah commented on the speech US President Donald Trump delivered a couple of days ago in which he highlighted the US protection to the wealthy Arab states from “Iran which could take over the Gulf in only 12 minutes”, according to Trump.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that under this pretext, Trump has convinced the Middle Eastern states to pay him large amounts of money in order to preserve their regimes.

“This reminds us of Imam Khomeini’s words, when he dubbed the US as a thief, a regime of theft,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that “the former US presidents were also thieves but not this boldly and disrespectfully, as for the current president, he steals the Arabs’ fortunes as he humiliates them.”

“We are in front of a regime that humiliates everyone, even its friends and allies,” Sayyed Nasrallah considered, asserting that “Iran in the eyes of Trump is a great and strong nation despite the siege imposed on it, while all these Arab states buying weapons from the US to protect themselves can fall in only 12 minutes.”

“Trump’s speech revealed that all these Arab and Islamic states are paying Trump the Taxes of staying in power,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, asking: “Who are you wagering on? The US, that refused to give a visa for its ally the overthrown Iranian President Mohammad Reda Pahlavi to get cancer treatment in its territories, despite all the fortunes he spent for its sake while he was in power?”

“Let’s invest all this money in studies for the sake of improving and developing our Arab world…” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.

Concerning Israeli claims about Hezbollah transferring rockets and what he considered “Netanyahu’s psychological war”, his eminence reassured that Hezbollah’s policy on its weapons is silence no matter what Israeli officials claim.

He assured that Hezbollah will never respond to that and fall in the Israeli trap, stating that “denying Israeli claims would be a free favor offered to Israel”.

Source: Al-Manar


Al-Assad: ’Understanding’ Reached With Arab States

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In his first interview with a Gulf paper since 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said as soon as the war is over, Damascus will resume its pivotal role in the region and restore its ties with Arab states.

He further noted that Arab and Western delegations already begun visiting Syria to prepare for reopening of diplomatic missions.

In further details, al-Assad told Kuwaiti newspaper Wednesday that Syria has reached a “major understanding” with Arab states after years of hostility over the country’s war.

The interview in the al-Shahed newspaper was al-Assad’s first with a Gulf newspaper since 2011.

Al-Assad didn’t name the Arab countries but said Arab and Western delegations have begun visiting Syria to prepare for the reopening of diplomatic and other missions. Soon the war will be over, al-Assad told the paper’s publisher, allowing Syria to resume its pivotal role in the region.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team


التقى الرئيس الأسد.. صحفي كويتي يتحدث عن زيارته لسوريا يصدم الجمهور الخليجي.. شاهد !

التقى الرئيس الأسد

التقى الرئيس الأسد.. صحفي كويتي يتحدث عن زيارته لسوريا يصدم الجمهور الخليجي.. شاهد !

وثق الإعلامي الكويتي جعفر محمد الذي زار دمشق من ضمن الوفد الإعلامي الكويتي المرافق للشيخ صباح المحمد والذي التقى الرئيس الأسد، شهادته عن الأوضاع في سوريا وردة فعله من مجريات الحياة الطبيعية وتفاصيلها في العاصمة.
كما وضح كم التضليل الذي تعرض له من قبل قنوات الجزيرة، العربية، الحدث وسكاي نيوز .

ودعا الإعلامي جعفر الجمعور العربي إلى زيارة سوريا ، واكتشاف حقيقة الأمر هناك بعيدا ً عن متابعة الفضائيات الكاذبة .

وكانت صحيفة الشاهد الكويتية قد التقت الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد في دمشق.

وذكر الإعلامي صباح المحمد رئيس تحرير صحيفة الشاهد أن الرئيس الأسد أشاد بدور الكويت خلال الأزمة السورية ، معتبرا أن موقف الكويت كان مشرفا ً في قمم المناحين لدعم الشعب السوري والتي دعا لها وتبناها الأمير الشيخ صباح الأحمد أمير الكويت.

وعن أمير الكويت ، قال الأسد إنه رجل فذ بحكمته وعقله وإمكاناته ، معتبراً أن هذا ليس بغريب عليه ، ونقل عن الأسد قوله ” فهذا الإنسان الكبير بالسن والمقام قد عاصر كل قضايا الشرق الأوسط، وكان حلّالا للمشاكل، وكان يعي مدى الخطورة التي تمر بها الدول العربية قاطبة ” .

كما أشاد الأسد بدور الإعلام الكويتي المشرف لافتاً إلى ذلك ما كان ليحدث لولا أنها دولة عريقة بالديمقراطية والحرية وإبداء الرأي ووجهات النظر .

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Syrian President does exclusive interview with Kuwaiti newspaper for first time in years

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – For the first time during the seven-year long conflict inside his country, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has conducted an exclusive interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper.

President Assad sat down with Kuwait’s Al-Shahed newspaper on Tuesday in order to discuss a wide-range of topics, including the current conflict inside Syria.

In his interview with journalist Sheikh Sabah Al-Mohammad, the Syrian President said that his nation is involved in a serious media war that is distorting the image of the Middle East and his country.

Assad commended Kuwait and its leader, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who he called an “honorable man.”

The Syrian President stressed that Syria would be reentering Arab politics and going back to its “Arab role.”

Assad said that the next phase of the Syrian conflict will concentrate on rebuilding the devastated nation with the help of regional countries.

The Syrian leader also stressed that once the conflict is over, Syria will reopen its doors to the people of region in order to boost its tourism.

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الرئيس الأسد: سوريا عائدة إلى دورها المحوري العربي

أعلن الرئيس بشار الأسد أنه سيسدل قريبا جدا “الستار على الحرب الإرهابية”، معبرا عن ثقته بأن اللعبة السياسية تتغير، وسوريا ستعود إلى “دورها المحوري العربي”.

وشدد الأسد في حديث لصحيفة “الشاهد” الكويتية نشر اليوم الأربعاء، على أن الدولة السورية ستبسط قريبا جدا حكمها وقانونها على جميع الأراضي السورية، “ولن نترك شبرا واحدا من سوريا العروبة خارج السيادة الوطنية”.

ولفت الأسد إلى وجود “تفاهم كبير” بين سوريا وعدد كبير من الدول العربية، مضيفا أن هناك دولا غربية قد بدأت تخطط وتجهز لفتح سفاراتها، كما أن هناك وفودا غربية وعربية سواء كانت دبلوماسية أو اقتصادية أو صناعية قد بدأت بالفعل بالقدوم إلى دمشق لترتيب عودة دولها إلى سوريا.
واعتبر الرئيس  أن دور روسيا في المنطقة “أصبح أمرا واقعا” بالتعاون مع الصين والهند ومجموعة من الدول الصديقة، وقال إن ميزان القوى الدولية سيتغير في المرحلة المقبلة نحو الأفضل، وخصوصا بالنسبة للشرق الأوسط.
ووجه الأسد انتقادات شديدة للإعلام العربي، وقال إنه “انساق وراء المؤسسات الصهيونية الأمريكية التي تحرص كل الحرص على تشويه صورة دول الشرق الأوسط، وبالأخص سوريا”، مشيرا إلى أن حربهم الإعلامية كانت شرسة جدا من خلال الأكاذيب والافتراءات، فضاع الناس بين الحق والباطل”.
وفي المقابل، أشاد الأسد بالدور “المشرف” للإعلام الكويتي في هذا الخصوص، كما أشاد بموقف الكويت وأميرها الشيخ صباح الأحمد الجابر الصباح في قمم المانحين لدعم الشعب السوري.

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