SYRIA - July 12 - Bashar Assad Wants Better Training For Army.
An official says Bashar expressed appreciation for efforts to prepare the exercise and stressed the importance of training to improve the combat readiness of the armed forces. He also stressed the need for continuous work on a scientific basis to "improve the capabilities of our armed forces" on the lines that were promoted by the late leader Hafez Al Assad. (Bashar, a British-trained eye doctor, is due to deliver a speech after taking office in which he will outline his internal and foreign policies including on the peace process with Israel.)
Political sources say Bashar, who has been leading a general economic and administrative reform which began before his father's death, is expected to continue political reforms. They say he is also expected to grant a general amnesty that might include political prisoners after assuming his presidential duties. (The ruling Baath Party gave Bashar its top position, previously held by his father, and elected him as head of the party's regional command during its 9th conference in June.) Bashar is quoted as saying he would pursue his father's policies and work for more political and economic reforms.
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 15, 2000|
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