Syrian-Iraqi Business Forum discusses difficulties facing joint economic, trade cooperation

Participants in the Syrian-Iraqi Business Forum discussed the difficulties facing economic and trade cooperation between businessmen in both countries and proposals that would facilitate the work of the private sector, encouraging investment and establishing partnerships to increase and promote the level of economic and trade relations between the two countries.

“The title of our meeting today is to strengthen the deep-rooted bonds of brotherhood connecting us, through an open dialogue to raise the economic impediments and obstacles facing us, and to consult on ways of cooperation and the solutions required to come up with recommendations that serve the common interests of both countries in an effort to increase economic cooperation and promoting the level of trade and industrial exchange on the official and private levels and in both directions”, President of the Syrian-Iraqi Business Council, Mohamed Nasser al-Sawwah said in a speech.

Al-Sawwah called upon the Iraqi side to work on establishing joint investments to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

Al-Sawwah expressed thanks and appreciation over Iraqi leadership and people for their support to Syria during the earthquake disaster

In turn, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Muhammad Samer al-Khalil, stated that the forum is important and characterized by privacy, because it is the first time that Syrian businessmen of all sectors meet with governmental officials from the Iraqi side, with the aim of removing obstacles facing the development of the volume of trade exchange.

Iraqi Trade Minister Atheer al-Ghurairy, considered that the Forum and the meetings of the 11th session of the joint Syrian-Iraqi committee constitute an opportunity to launch a new phase of joint relations between both countries that will reflects on trade and economic exchange and all other sectors.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Kiev’s drones attacked Kremlin at night, Putin unharmed- presidential press service

Russian President Vladimir Putin was not harmed and continues to work as usual after Kiev’s attempted drone attack against the Kremlin this night, the presidential press service said on Wednesday.

“The Russian president was not harmed as a result of the terrorist attack. His schedule has not changed and continues as usual,” TASS quoted the press service as saying.

According to the press service, this night “the Kiev regime carried out an attempt to deliver a strike by unmanned aerial vehicles on the Kremlin residence of the Russian president.” “Two unmanned aerial vehicles targeted the Kremlin,” it said.

“As a result of timely actions taken by military and special services using electronic warfare systems, the drones were disabled,” the Kremlin stated. “Their fall and the fragments scattered around on the territory of the Kremlin caused no casualties or material damage,” the press service stressed.

The Russian president on Tuesday worked in St. Petersburg, where he gave the go-ahead to resume tram traffic in Mariupol via video link, held a meeting with the government and a number of other working meetings. Putin also met in person with famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, who marked his 70th birthday.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that on Wednesday Putin is working in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow, where he met with Nizhny Novgorod Governor Gleb Nikitin.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

President al-Assad receives Iranian President: Syrian-Iranian relations stable despite political and security storms that hit the region

President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi who arrived in Syria today , heading a large ministerial delegation on a two-day visit to Syria.

President Al-Assad: Syrian-Iranian Relations Have Remained Stable Despite Political Storms

During the plenary talks with the Iranian President, President al-Assad said “the Syrian-Iranian relations are rich in content, rich in experiences and rich in the insights that constituted them, and therefore, these relations were, during hard times, stable and firm despite of the severe political and security storms which struck the Middle East Region.”.

President al-Assad added “our ties were established for more than four decades, and the political storms changed concepts, blew up foundations and destroyed entire countries, but they failed to affect the consistent vision that our two countries share about the events that were taking place,” .

His Excellency said “the joint vision of the two countries has proven to be based on correct and firm foundations, based on values, principles and beliefs, and most importantly, on the interests of the peoples and on their sovereignty and independence.”.

The President added that “the relations between our two countries are built on loyalty, when an unjust war was waged against Iran in 1980 for eight years, Syria did not hesitate to stand by Iran despite the threats and temptations at that time.”

President Al-Assad said “in the same way, when the war has been launched against Syria since 12 years ago, Iran supported Syria despite the threats, and did not hesitate to provide all political and economic support, but rather offered blood, and the blood is the most precious thing that a person can offer to his neighbor.

President Raisi: The Syrian people overcame difficulties and achieved victory

For his part, Iranian President Raisi said “Syria, Government and People, have gone through large difficulties, and today we can say that you have surpassed all these problems and achieved victory despite of the threats and sanctions imposed on you.”.

President Raisi expressed his sincere congratulations to the Syrian government and people for these great victories. “The whole world certainly praises this resistance that Syria has shown,” he said.

The president added that “the relations between the government and the people of Syria and between the government and the people of Iran are old and stem from the heart.”.

“We are currently witnessing many political developments and changes in the region and the world, but the relations between the two countries have not and will not be affected by these changes and developments, and I believe that the coming circumstances will also be so, and these relations will not be affected by changes and conditions in the world and the region.” President Raisi said.

President Raisi added “Syrians have certainly had difficult days, but I hope we will witness days full of joy, success for this country.”.

“The rightness of the status of Iran and Syria and the rationality of this track and that the resistance has brought its fruits, and yesterday some may have been hesitating about the stance and the political position of Iran and Syria, but today everyone believes that this stance and this track is of truth and justice one.” the Iranian president added.

He went on to say that “The circumstances were difficult, but in the end we witnessed that the resistance was proved and it became clear to everyone that the victorious track is the resistance.”.

President Raisi said: “Surrender certainly has costs, and a percise price, and certainly its price will be greater than the price of resistance, and some who thought that by surrendering to the enemy would pay a lower price, then it became clear to everyone that this view is a wrong.”.

The Iranian president added: “We have always declared that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the resistance front, and since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, we have declared our support for the resistance fronts, and now we also affirm that we support and stand by the resistance front.”.

His Excellency believes that the current world order has changed and will ultimately be in interest of the resistance front.

Raisi affirmed that the bilateral ties of Syria and Iran and the communication between their leaderships and peoples are deep rooted that they certainly cannot be fractured.

The Iranian President added that Iran is a friend through hardships, thus, has declared support to the peoples of Syria and Iraq during the Takfiri war led by the Takfiri groups against Syria, aiming at changing the regional order as well as the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

“We hope that Syria will achieve peace and prosperity,” the Iranian President said. “Iran has been, and still is, standing side by side with Syria, particularly during the period of reconstruction and there is no question that the Syrians themselves are able to clean up the ravages of the war. The world will also witness the Syrians return to their homeland.”.

“I have mercy on the souls of the martyrs of the axis of resistance, and the martyrs of Syria, and I wish health and a speedy recovery for those injured in the war”. The Iranian president concluded his speech by saying.

President al-Assad and Iranian President Raisi discussed the bilateral relations in various fields and means of developing them.

Talks also dealt with the latest developments in the Middle East region and the reflections of the global changes on the region, and unifying efforts to invest these changes for the benefit of the two countries and the people of the region.

The Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Damascus International Airport on Wednesday, accompanied by a large ministerial political and economic delegation.

An official reception ceremony was held for the Iranian President upon his arrival at the Poeple’s Palace, the two national anthems of Syria and Iran were played, then the two Presidents reviewed the guard of honor, and shook hands with members of the two official delegations.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Presidents al-Assad, Raisi sign understanding memo on comprehensive long-term strategic cooperation plan

President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi signed Wednesday a memo of understanding on long-term comprehensive strategic cooperation plan between the two countries.

The two sides also signed a number of cooperation agreements in various areas, including the agriculture, oil, transport, free zones, communications and other domians.

At a news briefing, President al-Assad said “Economic issues were at the core of our talks today. The memo of understanding signed and the numerous projects discussed will greatly advance the bilateral relations through developing mechanisms to increase trade exchange and investments between the two countries. In addition, they will mitigate the impacts of sanctions, taking advantage of changes in the global economic map and the gradual transition of balance to the East, which will liberate international economics from western hegemony.”

President al-Assad added: “Many issues were discussed today, foremost of which was the colonial powers’ attempts to undermine the stability of countries and divide them, which is an old colonial policy, but it still exists today. The most effective way to confront them is to take advantage of the current positive opportunities represented by the improvement of relations between a number of countries in our region after decades of tension, based on the axiom that the countries and peoples of the region win together or lose together.”

President al-Assad went on to say: “In that context, we welcomed the development of relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it will have a great positive impact on the immunity of countries in this important part of the world. This immunity is what we need most today in the face of the abnormal Zionist entity that only survives on blood and death.

The President said: “Within the framework of the quadripartite meeting held in Moscow, we stressed the importance of this initiative, while making sure that its core and goal is the withdrawal of the occupying forces and halting support for terrorist groups as a natural way to restore normal relations between any two countries. I thanked President Raisi for the active role that Iran plays alongside Russia in making this important initiative a success.

President Raisi, for his part, said that the two sides discussed means of boosting relations in all fields and “We expressed Iran’s keenness to maintain better ties with all countries in the region.”

He also underscored that memos of understanding, especially those in the economic and trade areas, will be in the interest of expanding relations between the two countries.

The Iranian President said: “I thank the friendly country and President of the Syrian Arab Republic for this invitation, and the warm hospitality for the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We also thank the people who withstood all measures made by terrorist organizations, starting from America, Western countries, and some countries in the region that tried to divide Syria, and tried to kill and destroy, kill women and children, and more destruction and injustice that they practiced against this people.”

President Raisi said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always affirmed its support for resistance and steadfastness… We stand by the Syrian government and people… We stand with the Syrian people who confronted the takfiri groups… Today the Syrian people got rid of the takfiri groups.. And today we stand by the Syrian people during the stage of reconstruction, and we will stand by it, and we trust that the Syrian people and the Syrian government will continue this path. What remains is a shame for all parties that committed assassinations and carried out terrorism against the Syrian people, who feel proud after years of steadfastness.

“We are in the process of developing our relations with countries of the region, and we will seek to expand them without the presence of foreigners… The presence of foreigners does not establish security, they do not bring us security, rather they disturb the security of the region, and it is appropriate for the American forces to leave the region quickly. The way to establish security and ensure Syrian sovereignty is the withdrawal of illegal foreign forces, and restoring Syrian sovereignty over all Syrian lands is through the exit of these forces, and Syrian sovereignty must be respected over all Syrian lands.” The Iranian President said.

President Raisi concluded by saying: “I hope that all memorandums of understanding, especially in the economic and trade fields, will be in the interest of the two countries and in expanding relations between them. We extend our hands to all the countries of the region and all the neighbors. This is our priority, and we extend our hands to them. We believe that this relationship and such memorandums of understanding can cut off the hands of foreigners from our region. We renew once again our appreciation, respect and thanks to His Excellency President of the Republic Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian people for hosting the Iranian delegation.”

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Shura Council’s Higher Committee for Elections Holds Meeting

The Higher Committee for Shura Council’s 10th Term Elections held its first meeting here today.

The meeting was chaired by Sheikh Al Mokhtar Abdullah Al Harthy, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court, Chairman of the Committee.

The committee discussed preparations for the elections and the tasks it will undertake in line with the terms of reference stipulated in the Shura Council Elections Law. It also explored other options for practicing its functions as per the mission entrusted to it.

Source: Oman News Agency

Education Ministry Organizes Symposium on Roles of Student Parent Councils

Tasks of a symposium on the roles of student parents’ councils kicked off at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre today under the theme of Social Partnership in Promoting Education.

As many as 580 participants took part in the sessions of the six sessions of the symposium, which was organized by the Ministry of Education.

The opening of the two-day symposium was held under the auspices of Dr. Abdullah Nasser Al Harrasi, Minister of Information.

The symposium presents 10 working papers that explore the experiences of leading models of parent councils, in the local front and the global arena. The sessions also include dialogue sessions with the departments concerned.

The parent councils’ symposium, titled “Community Partnership and Pioneering Roles in Education”, seeks to enable parent councils to consider the best practices in activating their status as channels of communication between schools and society.

The symposium also studies means of enhancing integration between school communities and different establishments of local communities.

The symposium looks into ways of building positive attitudes in terms of collaboration and social partnership within the context of education. This calls for establishing direct communication and partnerships among student parent councils in Oman.

On the sidelines of the symposium, the ministry felicitated two Omani students for winning first place, at Arab world level, in the “Competition of classical Arabic speaking, rhetoric, poetry recitation and intensive grammar study”. The competition was held in the Arab Republic of Egypt from 25 to 30 April 2023.

Source: Oman News Agency

Sultan Qaboos University Council Holds Meeting

Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Council today held its 3rd meeting for the academic year 2022/2023 under the auspices of Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al Mahrouqi, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Chairperson of the Council.

HH Sayyid Dr. Fahd Al Julanda Al Said, Vice Chancellor of SQU and Deputy Chairperson of the Council, was present at the meeting.

The council reviewed the progress of implementing various decisions and recommendations undertaken by the council in the previous meeting. It also approved several decisions, namely updating the degree of Master of Art in Arabic Language and Literature, among other decisions.

Source: Oman News Agency

Decision Issued to Form Omani Hajj Delegation for 1444 AH

The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs issued a ministerial decision to form the Omani Hajj delegation for 1444 AH, headed by Sultan Said Al Hinai, Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry.

The ministerial decision also stipulates that Abdulaziz Masoud Al Ghafri, Assistant Director General for Endowments shall be deputy head of the delegation.

Source: Oman News Agency

GCC Supreme Council’s Advisory Authority Assesses Reports on Gulf Values, Supply Chains Prior To Summit

The 2nd meeting of the 26th session of the GCC Supreme Council’s Advisory Authority was held in Muscat today under the auspices of Dr. Ali Ahmed Al Essa’ee, current of the GCC Advisory Authority.

In its meeting, the Authority discussed the reports from committees in charge of protection of Gulf values, consolidation of food and medicine supply chains and promotion of tourism integration among member states.

The Advisory Authority assessed the reports in preparation for submitting them to the forthcoming meeting of the GCC Summit.

Source: Oman News Agency

Regular Use of Internet May Reduce Dementia Risk: Study

A study published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggested that older people who regularly used the internet were less likely to develop dementia.

The researchers saw this association after about eight years tracking 18,154 adults between the ages of 50 and 65 who did not have dementia when the study period began.

People who used the internet at the start of the study had about half the risk of dementia as people who were not regular users.

The researchers also looked at how often these adults were online, from not at all to more than eight hours a day. Those who used the internet for about two hours or less a day had the lowest risk of dementia compared with those that didn’t use the internet, who had a “notably higher estimated risk.”

The researchers noted that people who were online six to eight hours a day had a higher risk of dementia, but that finding wasn’t statistically significant, they said, and more research is needed.

“Online engagement may help to develop and maintain cognitive reserve, which can in turn compensate for brain aging and reduce the risk of dementia,” said Chang, an associate professor of global public health at New York University’s School of Global Public Health.

Source: Oman News Agency