17 | 09 | 2019

The third International Trade Union Forum for solidarity with the workers and People of Syria concluded its works today on September 8th in Damascus.

In the framework of the Forum, the 232 international delegates from 52 countries met with the President of the country, Bashar Al-Assad. During the meeting, on the behalf of WFTU, colleagues from Czech republic, Egypt, Niger, Tchad, Russia, India and Lugansk gave a short speech.

The 3rd International Trade Union Forum for solidarity with the workers and People of Syria against the economic blockade, imperialist interventions and terrorism takes place in Damascus, Syria hosted by GFTU Syria and in cooperation with the WFTU and ICATU.

Trade Unionists from the Arab countries and all over the world massively participate in the Forum while the WFTU delegation is headed by its General Secretary, comrade George Mavrikos.

According to reports, at 15.00 on August 31, two USAF aircraft carried out a raid on the command centre of the Hurras al-Deen armed group located 7 km northeast of the city of Idlib. US Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown said the operation targeted “al-Qaeda leaders responsible for attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians.” He added that “the removal of this facility will further degrade their ability to conduct future attacks and destabilise the region.” Lieutenant Colonel Brown further said that the United States and its “allies and partners will continue to target violent extremists” because “northwest Syria remains a safe haven” for terrorists.

Despite threats of the United States government to sanction foreign people and companies that approach President Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday, August 28, the 61st edition of the Damascus International Fair was inaugurated, with the participation of more than 820 companies from 38 countries and about 600 from Syria.

The stand of Venezuela exhibits agricultural products, food, construction materials, manufacturing, an exhibition of photographs of the emblematic landscapes of the cities of Venezuela, video projection of the mining wealth, hydrocarbons and gas of Venezuela, tourism, traditions and cultural traditions of the Venezuelan people.

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the US administration’s attempts to disrupt the Damascus International Fair

The 61st annual Damascus International Fair is scheduled to open in the Syrian capital on August 28. Its importance could hardly be overestimated for a country advancing towards stabilisation and a recovery of its economy devastated in an attack launched by international terrorism. Last year, the event was attended by officials and businesspeople from 49 countries. This year, the organisers are hoping to attract as broad a representation of foreign partners interested in cooperation with Syria.

Communiqué of the meeting of the Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party

The Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party held its regular meeting on 20 July 2019, chaired by its Secretary General, comrade Ammar Bagdash.

Examining the global political landscape, the Committee noted increased tensions stemming from the intensification of the contradictions of contemporary capitalism in the temporary absence of a global socialist system. According to the analysis of the Central Committee, US imperialism continues its endeavours to encircle China with a ring of hostile military coalitions formed by its ally and vassal states in South and Southeast Asia as well as Australia.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format:

1. Reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter;

2. Reaffirmed in this regard the respect for universally recognized international legal decisions, including those provisions of the relevant UN resolutions rejecting the occupation of Syrian Golan, first and foremost UN Security Council resolution 497;

On August 1, the UN Secretary-General announced his decision to “establish an internal United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry to investigate a series of incidents that have occurred in north-west Syria since the signing of the Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Area between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on 17 September 2018.”

The Communist and Workers' Parties listed below issued the following joint statement for solidarity with the working people of Syria and their vanguard communist parties.

"For the past eight years, the people of Syria have defended their motherland, decisively and heroically. They have manifested a remarkable and honourable resistance, that hasn’t ceased for one moment in these years, despite the unmeasurable suffering they have been dragged into. It has already had its place in the great history of humanity. 

CODEPINK is appalled at President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will be unilaterally and falsely declaring the occupied Golan Heights to be Israeli territory. On Thursday, March 21, Trump tweeted, “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”

The Golan Heights is internationally recognized as being Syrian land despite having been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967 and formally annexed in 1981.

On December 21, the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) issued a statement on the decision to remove 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. Not satisfied with this decision, the Party calls for the extension of this decision to include the over 5,000 estimated "contractors" in Syria.

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