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Minister al-Moallem,C* 2009 was a year for the successes of the Syrian policy.

DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Monday underlined that year 2009 was a year for the successes of the Syrian policy on all arenas whether Syria's Arab, Europe or international relations, describing relations with the Arab countries as good. Briefing the Syrian people's Assembly on a political preview of Syria's foreign policy, Minister al-Moallem referred to the latest developments in Lebanon and the formation of the national unity government as well as the importance of President Bashar al-Assad's talks with the Lebanese leaderships who visited Damascus including the visits of Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. On Syrian relations with the Arab countries, the Minister pointed out to the visit of President al-Assad to Riyadh and the visit of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz to Damascus and the positive outcomes of these visits as well as activating bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Minister al-Moallem said Syria and Saudi Arabia agreed to hold a joint conference on investment in Damascus next Spring, underlining that the bilateral relations are progressing in the correct direction.AaAl-Moallem reviewed the distinguished and strategic relations with Turkey which form a nucleus to include in the foreseeable future Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, consequently, making a new Middle East by the hands of the people of the region.The Minister pointed out to the importance of the 51 agreements signed during the first meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Syria and Turkey held last week in Damascus, pointing out to the economic and social dimensions of the agreement to draw the Tigris river water to al-Hasakeh and the project of a joint dam on Orontes River.Al-Moallem said that Syria is committed to the Turkish mediation in the indirect peace talks with Israel, stressing that talks will not resume before Israel announces its approval to withdraw to the line of June 4, 1967 according to the five rounds of talks which were held in Istanbul. Foreign Minister stressed that relations between Syria and Iran are distinguished and serve the interests of the region and that the Syrian foreign policy was directed to the countries of Eastern Asia and Middle Asia as well as strengthening it with the South American countries.On the relations with the European Union, al-Moallem pointed out that "in 2004 an Association Agreement was reached with the European Union, but the Europeans halted this agreement and then started to talk about it again in 2009, and they told us in October that 27 member courtiers agreed to sign the Association Agreement; we responded that we need time to consider the Agreement and its impacts on the Syrian economic sectors". Fadi Allafi .Mazen Eyon

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Date:Dec 28, 2009
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