Salafist Group Begs Funds for ‘Syrian Revolution’ via Bahraini Martyr Photo

Al-Dawa Egyptian salafist group has published a picture of the Bahraini martyr Ahmad Farhan on one of its posters to urge donors to support what it called the “Syrian revolution”.

The group has chosen the picture of martyr Farhan while he was carried by one of the demonstrators to be at the top ads of its media campaign, titled “the one Ummah campaign for the relief of our brothers in Syria.”

Farhan was killed in the island of Sitra, south of the capital Manama, a day after Peninsula Shield Forces entered the country in March 2011.

The slogans of “Syria never bows down,” and “we accept alms for the poor of Syria,” have been also written on the poster.

Martyr Ahmad Farhan, 30, was killed by the Peninsula Shield forces in March by a live bullet which blew his head. Al-Khalifa security forces also arrested the citizen who then brought him to the hospital.

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Opposision holds conference on Syria in Damascus

The National Conference for Rescuing Syria has kicked off in Damascus on Sunday on the initiative of the Syrian Oppositional National Coordination Body (NCB). About 15 oppositional parties and 8 civil society movements are taking part in the conference.

The conference is also attended by the ambassadors from Russia, China, Iran and a number of Arab countries, which maintain diplomatic missions in Syria.

In his speech the Russian ambassador in Syria Azamat Kulmukhamedov noted that the main goal for today is immediate cease fire by the conflicting parties and conversion of the standoff into a peaceful political discussion.

According to Arab mass media the participants are to discuss such issues as change of the regime in Syria and switching to secular democratic state.

Rebel offensive beaten off

Syrian government forces have quashed a rebel attempt to seize three strategic towns in the northwestern Idlib province close to Syria’s border with Turkey. Continue reading

Russia mocks those who call to overthrow régime in Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that there is no alternative to the political settlement to the crisis in Syria, with the inevitable commitment to its sovereignty and the non-interference in its domestic affairs.

The Russian President’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov discussed during a meeting with the Syrian Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad the situation in Syria.

The statement added that the Syrian Ambassador affirmed Syria’s readiness to go ahead in this direction, appreciating Russia for sending humanitarian aids to Syria.

For his part, Spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich called for giving the UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi enough time to get acquainted with the situation in Syria and work actively with all foreign players and sides to find a solution, based on UN resolutions, Annan Plan and Geneva Agreement. Continue reading

Walid al-Moallem meets Salehi in Damascus

An exclusive source declared to Breaking News Network  that the Foreign Minister of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, has arrived to Damascus International Airport this morning.

Salehi, and after his arrival, has met the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Walid al-Moallem. Moreover, Salehi is expected to meet later from today the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad.

Media sources have stated that the discussions will revolve about finding political peaceful resolutions to the Syrian Crisis.

On the other hand, Walid al-Moallem is to be in New York next week to attend the meeting of the UN General Assembly. Continue reading

Putin: ‘No One Has Right to Decide Who Rules Syria’

Russian President Vladimir Putin stresses his country’s stance on Syria, saying no body has the right to interfere in other countries and decide who rules.

“We believe that nobody has the right to decide for other nations who should be in power and who should not,” Putin told reporters after a G20 summit in the Mexican beach resort of Los Cabos.

“It is not changing the regime that is important, but that after changing the regime, which should be done constitutionally, violence is stopped and peace comes to the country,” he said.
Putin said all sides should sit down and work things out beforehand.

As he affirmed his country’s opposing to international interference in Syria, the Russian leader criticized what has been coming on in Libya following the interference by NATO air forces.
“Unlike in some North African countries where violence goes on even after regime change,” Putin said.

Putin’s forthright remarks came the day after he joined US President Barack Obama in calling for an “immediate” end to the Syria conflict.
“In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of all violence,” the two leaders said in a statement after meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit of the world’s leading economies.

Source: Al Manar