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President al-Assad met-French Intellectuals & Journalists
President al-Assad met-French Intellectuals & Journalists

“Image of the Issues We View Differently”

(Dp-news – Sana)

PARIS- President Bashar al-Assad met at his residence in Paris on Friday a number of French elite intellectuals and journalists.
President al-Assad said "The meeting provides an opportunity for exchanging opinions and ideas, and creating a permanent state of dialogue with the leaders of thought in the French society that helps build a more realistic and objective image regarding the issues we view differently for bringing viewpoints closer, in a way to assist us in tackling the issues and problems we encounter."

During the meeting, President al-Assad answered questions on Syria's view of the regional and international developments, especially the situation in the Middle East and the peace process.



President al-Assad said, '' There is no actual peace process at the present time, given that the Israeli public, regardless of the stances of their government, are not ready for peace," adding that it is necessary to work to prevent the deterioration of the situation in the region to avoid war, since the current circumstances are not favorable to achieve peace.

President al-Assad added, ''As things stand in the region, Europe's stances on the peace process cannot remain tied to the US role, which proved its inability to move this process forward. Therefore, a balanced European role is needed towards all the parties involved in peace, and is capable of effectively participating in achieving just and comprehensive peace.''

President al-Assad said Syria attaches great importance to economic cooperation of regional dimension binding the Middle East and the neighboring countries to Central Asia and Europe, through establishing a network of strategic interests whose one of its natural results would be to serve stability and prosperity for the peoples of these regions.

The meeting was attended by Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban and Syria's Ambassador to France.

In a statement to SANA, head of the foreign policy department at Le Monde newspaper Alain Frachon described the meeting with President al-Assad as rich in ideas and deep analysis of the situation in the Middle East and Europe's role and its weak effect on the political and economic level in the region.

"The meeting made us – as intellectuals and writers – understand and read Syria's stance regarding regional and international situations," he pointed out.

This was also affirmed by Parisian political sciences professor and researcher Bertrand Badie who described the meeting as "deep and vital," adding that several issues were tackled during the meeting including the peace process in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan with deep analysis.

For his part, historian Henry Laurens who specializes in the Middle East said that the meeting with President al-Assad resembled a "tour d'horizon" of Middle East issues and Syria's position on the regional and international arenas.

Laurens asserted that the vision with which Syria moves politically and economically on the level of regional cooperation bolsters its role as a main player in the Middle East, underlining the deep analysis put forth by President al-Assad in this regard and his frankness regarding various issues.

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