President al-Assad: Pan-Arabism must become civilized concept and social practice that bolster belonging and identity

Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received a number of Arab writers and intellectual figures who participated in the “Arab Reality after 100 Years of the Balfour Declaration” conference which was hosted in Damascus during the past couple of days.

Discussions during the meeting touched on the aspects of the terrorist war against Syria, specifically the aspect relating to issues of identity and belonging which are among the most dangerous aspects of this war as they pose an existential threat to the entire Arab nation.

President al-Assad stressed that what is happening in Syria currently is an extension in one way or another for the attempts of intellectual and ideological invasion and distorting the concept of identity that have been targeting the Arab nation for over a hundred years.

His Excellency affirmed the necessity of adhering to the true identity of the region which is based on preserving the culturally-harmonious diversity, because losing this diversity creates an ideal environment for the spread of extremism, which in turn nurtures terrorism.

President al-Assad underlined the role of intellectual figures in making sure that pan-Arabism doesn’t remain limited to politics, party theories, and dialogue among select groups; rather it must become a civilized concept and a social practice that bolster the concepts of belonging and identity among youths and future generations.

For their part, the participants voiced conviction that Syria’s steadfastness and its looming victory constitute steadfastness and victory for all the Arab people who will continue to view Syria as the leader of the pan-Arab project and a model for a real Arab revival that paves the way towards reclaiming rights and building a better tomorrow.

The meeting was attended by Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban.

Hazem Sabbagh

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