Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad asserted that the Syrian Arab Army is the most capable of confronting terrorism and eliminating it, stressing that it will always remain the pillar of security and stability in Syria and the region, and the bastion that encircles the homeland, defends its sovereignty, and protects its dignity.
Addressing the Armed Forces via the Army of the People magazine on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of establishing the Syrian Arab Army, President al-Assad said “I am proud to address you on this occasion which is dear to all our hearts: the Syrian Arab Army Day, and to salute you on the 71st anniversary of establishing it for all the heroics you and sacrifices that you – including officers, noncommissioned officers, individuals, and civilian workers – have offered for more than five years up to this day in the face of the most vicious terrorist aggressive attack in the country’s history, and in confronting the projects of hegemony and new and old colonialism, all of which crashed down at the gates of our dignity, invulnerability, cohesion, and steadfastness.”
President al-Assad went on to say that “the whole world witnessed your firmness and strength in defending your homeland, and proved to enemy and friend alike that your are the children of a deep-rooted establishment with an honorable history full of victories.
“You have fight and you are fighting with honor, you bore hardships, confronted challenges, and persevered and your are still persevering, being as we have always known you: proud men who hold true to their vows, who are faithful to the homeland and to its people who renew on each day their faith in you and their rallying around you and their unity with you in all squares and fields in the face of the enemies of humanity, civilization, and history.
“Today, as you continue carrying out your national duties with dauntless determination, unparalleled ardor, and faith in the inevitability of victory, you prove that the achievements you made in several areas were not coincidences or transient events; rather they are absolute proof that the Syrian Arab Army is the most capable of confronting terrorism and eliminating it.
“Today we stand at the threshold to a pivotal stage in the homeland’s history, which requires that we all be more vigilant and prepared and that we double efforts and work with determination until victory is achieved and until we guarantee a bright future that meets the aspirations of our proud people who painted a magnificent portrait of national steadfastness and proved to be a resistant and heroic people that cannot be intimidated by challenges and cannot be daunted by misfortunes, so be faithful to the aspirations of this people and true to its values and principles.
“Once again I salute you on this dear occasion, and I value highly your monumental effort and your constant vigil over the security of the homeland and your sacrifices for the sake of Syria’s precious soil. I assure you that the Syrian Arab Army will remain the bastion that encircles the homeland, defends its sovereignty, and protects its dignity.
President al-Assad concluded by praying for the souls of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the homeland and by saluting the brave injured persons who gave their most precious possession for Syria.