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THE SYRIAN REVELATION by Vlad Hogea, vicepresident of Romanian Conservative Party

THE   SYRIAN   REVELATION

Vlad Hogea

I spent a week in Syria, with a media delegation chaired by Professor Anton Caragea, director at the Institute for Political Science and International Affairs. Our visit was made possible through the kindness of the Ambassador of the Arabic Republic of Syria in Romania, his Excellency Walid Othman.
I knew some things about that part of the Levant especially that the Romanian-Syrian links have been extremely tight over the last 40 years: do not forget that 35.000 Syrians (3 of them – are being ministers in office in the Damascus Government along with many other officials!) studied at the universities in our country. Some of them got married with Romanian women and formed mixed families. Thousands of companies in Romania are owned by Syrian citizens. The Romanians built refineries and other important landmarks in Syria.  So we have in common things linked to our recent past, to continuous present and consequently there are the premises for a good cooperation in the future.
 I set out this journey hopping that Syria is a country to be discovered and I came back with the satisfaction of a true revelation. None of the stereotypes promoted by some journalists having the wrong information or bad intentions is valid. On the contrary, I have gladly traveled across a wonderful country from all the points of view. Syria has a long and glorious history (don’t forget that Damascus is the oldest capital in the world, and it remained like this until these very days) but it is also opened to the new and to the modern civilization (this is to be seen even in its infrastructure) in the context of political stability honorably represented by the President Bashar al Asad (the son and the spiritual heir of Hafes al Asad), the BAAS party and the National Progressive Front.
I saw the place where Saul of Tarsus got the message from God on the road to Damascus and became a Christian, being later known as Saint Paul. I entered the Umayyad Mosque (where lies the head of Saint John the Baptist also honored by the Islamic religion). I touched the Tomb of Saladin (the famous conqueror of Jerusalem and unifier of the Arabic tribes), but we didn’t miss the monasteries built to honor Saint Takla and Saint Serge and Bacchus (no connection with the god of wine). I visited the Azem palace, the Alep and Crac de Chevaliers fortress, the ancient vestiges from Ugarit, the magnificent area of Latakia, the Roman Amphitheatre from Bosra (much better preserved than the Colosseum in Rome) – the city where Mohammad met a Christian monk who told him that he would be the great prophet of a new religion. I went to Golan Heights, at Quneitra, the city completely destroyed (according to the conclusions of the international commission) by the Israeli troops in 1973 between the moment of signing the armistice and that of the partial retreat. Of course the official meetings at the ministerial and political level offered us the privilege to find out many interesting things about today’s realities and about Syria’s role as “part of the solution not of the problem in the region” (as stated by the president of the country).
We were welcomed and well treated everywhere. It’s a real friendship widely expressed by the Syrians. A friendship built and consolidated during decades of mutual trust, a friendship that nobody has the right to ignore or to denigrate.

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ROMANIAN DELEGATION VISIT IN R.A. SYRIA/ VIZITA DELEGATIEI ROMANE IN SIRIA

COMUNICAT DE PRESA

VIZITA DELEGATIEI ROMANIEI IN SIRIA

                                                                                                    

In perioada 22- 28 mai 2009 o delegatie de jurnalisti si oameni politici romani condusa de Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea  a efectuat o vizita de prietenie in Republica Araba Siriana. 

Delegatia romana a avut intalniri  cu Dr. Mohsen Bilal, Ministrul Informatiilor al R.A. Siria, Dr. Mohammed Al Hussein, Ministrul Finantelor ,dl. Rateb Al Salah, presedintele Bursei din Damasc, Dr. Faissal Muqdad, Vice-ministrul Afacerilor Externe, Dl. Suleiman Qadah, vice-presedintele Frontului National Progresist si cu  Dl. Saadala Agaa, Ministrul Turismului al R.A. Siria.                                        

 In aceste intalniri s-au abordat o mare varietate de subiecte de la relatiile economice romano-siriene, la vizita Ministrului Roman al Afacerilor Externe in Siria pana la procesul de pace din Orientul Mijlociu si necesitatea restabilirii suveranitatii nationale siriene asupra inaltimilor Golan .

Printre cele mai importante teme de discutie putem enumera: imbunatatirea legaturilor aeriene intre Siria si Romania, deschiderea unui birou de turism sirian la Bucuresti, masuri pentru cresterea numarului de turisti romani in Siria, acordarea viziei in mod gratuit pentru turistii romani , colaborarea bursiera intre Romania si Siria, colaborarea in domeniul media etc.  Totodata delegatia romana a vizitat orasul eliberat Quneitra din Golan, teritoriul recunoscut international ca apartinand Siriei si principalele obiective turistice din Siria: Bosra, Alep, Latakia, Homs, Hama, Ugarit etc.

 Vizita delegatiei romane a marcat noua apropiere intre Romania si Siria dupa vizita presedintelui Romaniei  in Siria si a fost apreciata ca un succes atat de partea romana cat si de cea siriana si un semn pentru  noile relatii intre cele doua tari.

 

PRESS RELEACE

ROMANIAN DELEGATION VISIT IN R.A. SYRIA

 

Between 22 and 28 of May 2009 a Romanian political and media delegation chaired by Professor Anton Caragea has being invited for a visit in Arab Republic of Syria. The program of Romanian delegation has included meetings with Dr.Mohsen Bilal, Minister of Information of Syria, Dr. Mohammed Al Hussein, Minister of Finance, Mr. Rateb Al Salah, Chairmen of Damascus Stock Exchange, Dr. Faissal Mqdad, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Suleiman Qadah, vice-president of National Progressive Front and Mr. Saadala Agaa, Minister of Tourism of Syria.

The main issues of the discussion varied from Romanian-Syrian economic relation, Romanian minister of Foreign affairs visit to Damascus to peace process in the Middle East and Syrian national sovereignty on Golan Heights.

Among the most important topics and results are : opening a Syrian tourism Office in Romania, measures for increasing the Romanian tourist visits in Syria , stock exchange agreements between Romania and  Syria, increasing flight connection between Romania and Syria, media cooperation , exchange of media programs . The Romanian delegation program included visits to Hero City Quneitra in Golan, international recognized Syrian territory and to many touristic objectives: Bosra, Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama, Ugarit etc.

      The visit of Romanian delegation to Syria had marked a new step in getting closer Romania and Syria after the Romanian President visit in Syria and has being appreciated by Romanian and Syrian side as a sign of new relations between the two countries.        

Decoration Ceremony of Mr. Saadala Agaa, minister of turism of R.A.Syria

Decoration Ceremony of Mr. Saadala Agaa, minister of turism of R.A.Syria

Professor Anton Caragea and romanian delegation received by Dr.Mohsen Bilal ,Minister of Information of Syria R.A

Professor Anton Caragea and romanian delegation received by Dr.Mohsen Bilal minister of information of Syria R.A

Professor Anton Caragea and romanian delegation offers the title Personality of the year to Mr.Suleiman Qadah, vicepresident of National Progressive Front

Professor Anton Caragea and romanian delegations offers the title Personality of the year to Mr.Suleiman Qadah, vicepresident of National Progressive Front

Professor Anton Caragea and Vlad Hogea giving an interview at Syria National Television

Professor Anton Caragea and Vlad Hogea giving an interview at Syria National Television

Professor Anton Caragea decorates vice-minister of foreign affairs of Syria

Professor Anton Caragea decorates vice-minister of foreign affairs of Syria

Professor Anton Caragea receives Quneitra Medal from Governor of Quneitra Heroe City

Professor Anton Caragea receives Quneitra Medal from Governor of Quneitra Heroe City

Professor Anton Caragea receives the Damascus key from Mr. Saadala Agaa, Minister of Turism of Syria

 Professor Anton Caragea receives the Damascus key from Mr. Saadala Agaa, Minister of Turism of Syria

 

 

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