Shaaban: Syria Ready to Attend National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

Assad's top advisor tells pro-Hezbollah TV channel that Damascus has always shown its willingness to respond to efforts to resolve the crisis

Presidential advisor Bouthaina Shaaban said the Syrian government is prepared to attend the Congress of National Dialogue in the Russian seaside city of Sochi, expected to take place in December.

In an interview with the Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadeen on Tuesday, Shaaban said that Damascus is ready to attend the congress, adding that it always has and always will be proactive in responding to any effort that seek to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Speaking in the follow-up to the recent centenary of the Balfour Declaration, Shaaban labeled Syria as the main pillar of the Arab future, adding that it has never abandoned its Arab and regional role, even throughout the aggressive war which has been targeting it for about seven years.

President Bashar al-Assad has always stressed that Palestine is the compass and that the Arab-Israeli conflict is part of the essence of the Syrian position, she said.

Shaaban said that Israel has come to realize that the Axis of Resistance has grown stronger, and as such it will not risk a new aggression, stressing that Syria will not hesitate to defend itself against Israeli plots.

She explained that Syria is currently emerging from its main battle against terrorism, and that the situation on the ground is improving, pointing out that the reconstruction process in Aleppo and Homs has already begun.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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