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Syrian regime agrees to attend Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Amman

The Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union in session in Rabat, Morocco on 27 Jul 2017 [Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency]

The Chargé D’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Ayman Aloush, handed over his country’s approval to participate in the conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, to be held in Amman next month, to Jordan.

Aloush said that he met with Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nassar Al-Qaisi, and handed him a letter from the speaker of the People’s Council of Syria, Hammouda Sabbagh.

Aloush added that the letter included “participation with pleasure and gratitude in the conference, as Syria is the first country to receive the invitation to participate therein.”

In the meantime, he clarified that the problem of Syria is with some Arab regimes and not the people. He confirmed that the Jordanian invitation comes not only from the Jordanian people, but there is a political message that Damascus respects. The Chargé d’affaires pointed out that Syria has been subjected to “military aggression by the forces that hate this region, just like Jordan is subjected to economic attacks.”

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With regard to his country’s participation in the Arab summit, if it receives an invitation, Aloush said: “We hope that we will not go there to take commemorative photos only and that the Arab regimes will be able to make decisions that serve the region and its people.”

He stressed that “Syria does not look back, but forward as President Bashar al-Assad wants.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives of Jordan, Atef Tarawneh, recently announced that Jordan has invited the speaker of the People’s Council of Syria, Hammouda Sabbagh, to attend the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, to be held in Amman next March under the slogan: “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.”

Syria’s membership in the Arab League was suspended at the beginning of the conflict in the country in 2011, and it is still outside the League, amid the continued division of Arab countries on its return to the organisation.

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