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Virginia State Senator Richard Black: news-conference
at the Four Seasons Hotel, Damascus

President al-Assad to Senator Black:
“Fighting terrorism demands a joint international effort”


President Bashar al-Assad received on Thursday US Senator Richard Black and discussed with him the situation in Syria and the foreign-backed terrorism war waged against it.

The President highlighted during the discussion that the terrorist attacks which have hit several areas in the world prove that terrorism knows no borders.

Fighting terrorism, he stressed, demands a joint international effort that is not limited to the military level only but goes beyond to include fighting the extremist Wahhabi thinking underpinning terrorism, said President al-Assad.


For his part, the US Senator said it is important that the American people get acquainted with the reality of what is happening in Syria away from the disinformation practiced by some parties at the US administration.

Black highlighted the necessity of putting efforts to lift the economic sanctions imposed on Syria which constitute a flagrant violation of the international laws.

Virginia State Senator Richard Black:
“I had the honor to meet President Bashar al-Assad and his wife and the impression was excellent”


US senator Richard Black held a press conference on Thursday at Four Seasons in Damascus, talking about his visit to Syria and saying “I had the honor to meet President Bashar al-Assad and his wife,” adding “the impression was excellent.”

“When I started to make a study about Syria, I was very interested in President al-Assad and his wife and I was very delighted when I found them completely as I have seen them in media, both are gentle and love their home sincerely,” Senator Black said.

He added the Syrian people are one of the most courageous peoples, considering that the outcome of the war on Syria will determine the destiny of the human civilizations.

Mr. Black warned that the collapse of Syria would threaten the neighboring countries, then Europe where terrorists will succeed in spreading chaos and destabilizing situation there.

As for the role of the neighboring countries in the terrorist war on Syria, the US senator said “ I was afraid when Jordan participated in the events in Syria, particularly in 2012 when it allowed the UN intelligence to train hundreds of gunmen and send them to attack Damascus, it seems that some neighboring countries imagined that they could inject poison in part of the body without moving into another part of it.”

He hoped the US was more decisive in combating terrorists, saying “We have to wait a little and see the US new President’s stance whose I hope be moving towards peace.”

The US senator hoped his country would re-open the Syrian embassy in Washington, considering that closing it in 2014 was because of the presidential elections in Syria as the US administration feared the Syrians would go with large numbers to vote for President al-Assad.

Senator Black meets Patriarchs Yazigi and Aphram II,
visits injured soldiers at Hamish Hospital

US Senator Richard Black said on Thursday he has been following the events in Syria closely since the very beginning of the terrorist war waged against it, noting that what is happening in country is a plot by foreign powers to destroy the country.

Black remarks came during a meeting with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X Yazigi at the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus in the presence of Syria’s Permanent envoy to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari.

The US Senator noted that he will convey the reality of what is happening in Syria which refutes the false news and allegations circulated through media outlets about the events in the country.

For his part, Patriarch Yazigi stressed the unity of Syrian people, Muslims and Christians, and their adherence to the home land, steadfastness and support to the Syrian army under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, expressing hope security and stability would be restored to Syria soon.

Yazigi called upon major powers which claim to defend the human rights, democracy and freedom, including the U.S., to abandon their double-standard policy and help achieve peace in Syria

Mr. Black also met the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East Mar Ignatius Aphram II in the presence of Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban and al-Jaafari.

He hailed the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab army offered to defeat terrorism which has affected all spectrums of the Syrian people and has posed a threat to the international security and stability.

For his part, Patriarch Aphram II pointed out to the terrorist attacks and crimes perpetrated against the Syrian people, including Muslim and Christian clergymen, as well as mosques and churches, reiterating Syrian people’s unity in the face of this terrorist war targeting their homeland.

In a relevant context, Senator Black visited some injured soldiers at Ahmad Hamish Hospital in Damascus and inspected the services provided to its departments and the artificial limbs factory.

Mr. Black expressed deep concern over the economic blockade imposed by the US on Syria which restrained the latter’s ability to import and manufacture artificial limbs and provide necessary medical care to the injured, describing such act as a crime against humanity.

He questioned the US decision to prevent the delivery of medical equipment to whatever country serving political goals, adding that “We should stop this dirty war and lift the economic siege.”


Virginia State Senator Richard Black visiting Homs, Damascus: “What happened in Syria was a planned action by intelligence agencies from Western powers, United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey” ~ [Reports, Video]



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