President al-Assad receives President of Sudan, discusses with him developments in Syria and region

Damascus, SANA – President of Sudan Omar Hassan al-Bashir arrived on Sunday afternoon at Damascus International Airport on a work visit, where he was received by President Bashar al-Assad.

Afterwards, President al-Assad and President al-Bashir headed to the People’s Palace, where they held a session of talks on bilateral relations and developments in Syria and the region.

During the talks, President al-Assad and President al-Bashir affirmed that the circumstances and crises affecting several Arab countries require finding new approaches for Arab action that are based on respecting the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs, which should improve inter-Arab relations and serve the interests of the Arab people.

The Presidents said that what is happening in the region, and particularly in Arab countries, requires investing all energies and efforts in serving Arab causes and confronting the plots that contradict the interests of the countries’ regions and peoples.

President al-Bashir said that weakening Syria means weakening Arab causes, and what happened in it during the past years cannot be separated from this reality, adding that despite the war, Syria continues to adhere to the standards of the Arab nations.

He voiced hope that Syria will recover its vitality and role in the region as soon as possible, and that its people will be able to decide the country’s future themselves without any foreign interference, affirming that Sudan supports Syria and its security, and is prepared to provide all that it could to support Syria’s territorial integrity.

For his part, President al-Assad affirmed that despite all that has happened during the years of the war, Syria still believes in Arabism and is committed to it, noting at the same time that some Arab countries’ dependence on the West will not bring any benefits to their peoples, therefore it is best to adhere to Arabism and to the causes of the Arab nation.

President al-Assad thanked President al-Bashir for his visit, asserting that it will give strong momentum for restoring relations between the two countries to the way it was before the war on Syria.

Hazem Sabbagh

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