Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki said that the priorities of the new government are restoring security and stability to all of Syria through combating terrorism and carrying out reconstruction work and comprehensive development.
In an interview given to the Syrian TV on Sunday evening, Premier Halki said that the government will also work on improving living standards for citizens, securing their needs, preventing monopolies emerging, and ensuring the flow of merchandize to local markets at appropriate prices.
Halki stressed that the government will continue efforts towards national reconciliation and will work on spreading such local reconciliations to new areas, adding that reconciliation requires the cooperation of all sides, popular, official, civil, and religious to be successful.
He stressed the importance of dealing with the issue of displaced people, and continuing support for aid and relief work, in addition to providing makeshift housing centers in all areas and providing compensation for damage caused to private property.
“The government will work on supporting the public sector in addition to the agricultural and industrial sectors, on micro and medium-sized projects,” he said, adding that “fighting corruption, continuing administrative reform, and enhancing the principle of administrative decentralization will also be top priorities for the government.”
He highlighted the issues of martyrs and injured army personnel, saying providing decent lives for their relatives will also be a top priority for the government, as those individuals have sacrificed their lives to preserve the unity, sovereignty, and independence of Syria. The files of missing and abducted persons will also be tackled, he said.
Halki confirmed that the government is committed to the policy of social subsidies, while also ensuring the state’s ability to maintain them by reducing the number of subsidies, as well as employing funds for investment programs that will benefit the poorest segments of society.
Premier Halki explained the water crisis in Syria is caused mainly by the recent drought and low precipitation rates as well as the attacks by terrorists against infrastructure facilities, including the electric power sources and pumping stations, adding that terrorists have seized control of some water resources.
Halki said the attacks on electric power facilities resulted in increased rationing hours, stressing that the security situation is improving despite the unlimited support provided to terrorists by many countries and parties.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer