EU Member State Minister on Official Visit to Damascus (annotated)

The First Vice-President of the Czech Government and Foreign Minister Martin Stropnický paid an official visit to Damascus. He was received by his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem.

Since the beginning of the aggression against Syria, the European Union has closed the embassies of its member states, banned Syrian consuls from organizing election offices on their premises, and instituted sanctions against the Syrian Arab Republic and its main elected officials.

However, Austria, the Czech Republic and Romania have kept their embassies open.

At the instigation of its President, Miloš Zeman, the Czech Republic observed the events on the spot, presented reports to the EU, and issued Schengen visas to Syrian personalities travelling into the Union. President Zeman never withdrew his support to his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad.

Martin Stropnický was successively Minister of Culture, Defense and now Foreign Affairs. While several foreign leaders have secretly come to Damascus recently, he is the first official executive in the European Union to visit Syria publicly since the beginning of the foreign aggression.

The Russian Federation and the White House agreed at the Helsinki summit on July 16th to end the conflict. The Syrian Arab Army has just liberated the entire south of the country (except Al-Tanf, still occupied by the US), up to the Lebanese, Israeli and Jordanian borders.

Roger Lagassé

Daniel Solis Report commentary: In this featured article, two different Czech government officials are being confused. Current minister of foreign affairs is Mr. Hamacek, who visited Damascus. His predecessor made comments on Syria cooperation. Both events have been published by the official Syrian news agency. For clarity, both comments are reprinted below.

Al-Moallem to Czech counterpart: Syria will continue to combat terrorism along with supporting efforts to reach political solution

Damascus, SANA- Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Thursday received Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek and the accompanying delegation.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the bilateral relations between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Czech Republic, in addition to the latest developments in Syria and the region.

The exerted efforts for achieving a progress on the political track of the crisis in Syria and the continuation of combating terrorism were also on the table.

Minister al-Moallem presented a briefing on the latest developments of the situations in Syria in light of the successive victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army against terrorism and its backers.

He affirmed that Syria will continue to combat the Takfiri terrorism till eradicating it from all the Syrian territories in parallel with continuing to support the efforts which aim at reaching a political solution to the crisis based on preserving the sovereignty, independence and the territorial integrity of Syria through the inter-Syrian dialogue without any foreign interference.

Minister al-Moallem also reviewed the efforts exerted by the Syrian Government on all levels for the return of the displaced citizens and to provide the dignified life for them in a way that would allow them to contribute to the reconstruction of their homeland.

He called upon the international community and the international organizations to shoulder their responsibilities in this regard in cooperation with the Syrian Government with the aim of meeting the basic needs for the displaced and for the Syrian people in general.

He referred to the negative repercussions on the Syrian people which resulted from the unilateral and inhumane economic sanctions imposed on Syria by the West, on top by the European Union (EU).

For his part, Czech Foreign Minister indicated to the righteousness of the his country’s decision to keep its embassy open in Damascus in a way that contributed to enhancing the communication between the two countries and to conveying an objective and true image about what is taking place in Syria.

He expressed his country’s keenness on strengthening the historic bilateral relations between the two countries.

Minister Hamacek talked about the humanitarian aid provided by the Czech Republic to the Syrian people over the past period, indicating that it will continue to provide aid.

He asserted that the Czech people stand by the friendly people of Syria, expressing hope to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria and to restore security and stability to all the Syrian territories soonest possible.

R. Jazaeri/ H. Zain


The Czech Republic agrees to implement six humanitarian projects in Syria

Prague, SANA- The Czech Foreign Minister, Martin Stropnicky, announced that his country agreed on the implementation of six humanitarian projects in Syria at a value of 29 million koruna, ( 1.137 million euros).

In a tweet on Wednesday, Stropnicky said that Czech seeks to help solve crisis and problems at the international level.

For his part, the deputy- chairman of the Committee of Defense in the Czech House of Representatives said that the political solution is the only way to solve the crisis in Syria, adding that the aggression of the Turkish regime on Afrin area claims the lives of more civilians and displaces thousands of people.

He called for exerting more efforts for finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun


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