DAMASCUS- President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting Saturday with UN Secretary General's envoy Kofi Annan and the accompanying delegation.
President Bashar al-Assad stressed at the meeting that Syria is ready to make successful any sincere effort to find a solution to the events taking place in the country, adding that the success of any effort requires first studying what is happening on the ground instead of relying on the virtual space that is promoted by some regional and international countries to distort the facts and give a picture contrary to what Syria is undergoing.
For his part, Kofi Annan briefed his preliminary vision on the situation in Syria, with the UN Secretary General's envoy stressing his commitment to work fairly, neutrally and independently, as well as his rejection to foreign interference in the Syrian affairs and his belief in a peaceful solution.
Annan also expressed UN hope to work with Syrian government in order to launch diplomatic dialogue in the framework of a political process to restore stability to Syria and realize the aspirations of the Syrian people.
In turn, President al-Assad answered that any political dialogue or political process cannot succeed as long as there are armed terrorist groups that are working to spread chaos and destabilize the country through targeting citizens, both civilian and military, and vandalizing private and public properties.
Another bilateral meeting between President al-Assad and the UN Secretary General's envoy Annan followed the plenary meeting. This private meeting was attended by Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad, and Director of International Organizations Department at the Foreign Ministry Tamam Sulaiman.