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PRESIDENT AL-ASSAD: “UNDERMINING PAN-ARAB AFFILIATION UNDERMINES FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST CULTURAL OR INTELLECTUAL INVASION ATTEMPTS”
President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday received participants in the Arab Forum for Confronting Zionist-US Reactionary Alliance and Supporting the Resistance of the Palestinian people, which is attended by forces, parties, and figures from several Arab states.
Delivering a speech during the meeting, President al-Assad said that dealing with issues affecting the Arab nation and pan-Arabism requires serious work to clear up some concepts that targeted the nation, including attempts to undermine the relation between Arabism and Islam, stressing that Arabism and pan-Arabism is a civilized, cultural, and human condition.
He also stressed the need to disprove claims of there being contradiction between Arabism and Islam, as well as disproving any ethnic discourse, adding that the policies of some Arab states that worked against the interests of the Arab people have also affected pan-Arabism.
President al-Assad said that the war on Syria hasn’t affected the Syrians’ faith in the inevitability of victory against terrorism, nor has it weakened its adherence to their identity, creed, and pan-Arab affiliation.
Participants stressed the importance of the Syrian victory against terrorism and those who support it, asserting that what President al-Assad proposed about pan-Arab work constitutes basis that participants can build upon.
President al-Assad began his speech by welcoming the participants in the Forum which discusses important pan-Arab issues, as pan-Arabism constitutes identity and affiliation as well as being the past and present of peoples and the basis of their existence… … …