Al-Assad confers with US Senator
Syria-USA, Politics, 1/8/2002
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Damascus al-Shaab palace on Monday received the US senator J. Rockefeller and members of the accompanying delegation.
The meeting was attended by the deputy premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara and the US ambassador in Damascus Theodore Qattouf.
Discussions dealt with results implied by the incidents of September 11, 2001 in the US at the regional and international levels.
The President stressed that fighting terrorism should be based on analyzing reasons behind it, noting that the already debated concept of terrorism is a terrorism which is too far from Islamic values.
He explained that Syria's ancient history shows commitment of its peoples to divine religions. A matter which restores Syria's stability.
Senator Rockefeller expressed happiness to meet with President Bashar al-Assad. He said he feels content after talking to President Bashar al-Assad not only about Syria but about the ME region as a whole.
Senator Rockefeller also stressed the need of deeper understanding of the Arab culture and civilization and of Muslims.
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