International Conference for Youths kicks off in Damascus

Damascus, SANA – The four-day International Conference for Youths, organized by Khatwa (Step) Society with participation of student and media delegations from 39 Arab and foreign countries, kicked off Sunday at Khan Asaad Basha in Damascus under the title a “Step for Syria”.

Head of Khatwa Society Raymond Hilal said the conference seeks to inform participating delegations about the truth of the situation in Syria, in addition to conducting political, economic, and social discussions.

Hilal indicated that the Conference embraces a huge number of foreign youths who have certain approaches in their states and who are willing to contribute to combating the terrorist mentality which deceives youths and pushes them to perpetrate terrorist acts.

He called for holding dialogue and finding solutions and starting to implement them and expanding this step from Damascus to all the countries of the world.

For his part, Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmed Bader Eddin Hassoun stressed that Syria will continue to build generations of the youths, indicating that receiving youths from all parts of the world by the Syrian youths sends a “message to the Syrian youths who left Syria to return and participate in the reconstruction process of the country.”

In turn, Bishop of Bosra, Horan and Jabal al-Arab Saba Esber hailed the steadfastness of the Syrian people in the face of the terrorist war launched against their homeland, saying “The Syrian family is renewable and will never die.”

In a speech on behalf of the delegations, Rebecca Molyathi said “We know that people in Syria don’t want this war, and we know that there are economic, political and strategic interests behind it… We know that the terrorist organizations which are killing the Syrians are mercenaries and robbers who bring only hatred and destruction.”

“We know the truth that President Bashar al-Assad is exerting all possible efforts to preserve the steadfastness of his country” Molyathi added.

In a statement to SANA, Minister of Higher Education Mohammad Amer Mardini said “Despite of all difficult circumstances in Syria, delegations haven’t stopped visiting it whether the delegations of students who are coming to study or the delegations of those who want to inspect the situations.”

The Minister clarified that the Syrian universities accept many Arab students at their departments as they become a part of the Syrian society which is well-known of its variety and civilization.

For his part, Minister of Tourism Bishir Yazaji affirmed that Damascus welcomes youths from all around the world, saying “We expect every one of them to be an ambassador of truth away from the Western misleading media and their fabrications about what is taking place in Syria, particularly the language of the ‘youths’ immigration’.”

Yazaji stressed that the Syrian youths are the ones who will rebuild Syria in the next stage.

Participants in the conference asserted that the conference is a step and a message to all countries of the world that the Syrian youths carry only love and peace and that the conference aims at holding a wider dialogue with the youths and listening to their demands and achieving them.

R.J/ Barry

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