The President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez held a phone conversation with the President of Syria Bashar Al Assad to give him a personal message of affection and hope at a time when imperialist forces are violently attacking the Syrian people.
The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed in an official statement that Al Assad had given Chávez a thorough report on the real situation affecting the Arab nation, in which a fascist conspiracy is trying to sow chaos and disorder so as to subjugate Syria to Western powers.
President Al Assad explained to Chavez that the outbreaks of violence were caused by a minority of people and had been rejected by the vast majority of Syrians. He also communicated that the situation had started to quieten down thanks to the action of Syrian institutions and the Syrian government.
Chávez was able to obtain first hand information about the reform process promoted by President Al Assad, formulated in order to respond to the legitimate requests and demands of those who have been demonstrating peacefully and who have nothing to do with extremist groups armed and financed from abroad.
In the telephone conversation the Syrian president made particular reference to the new social policies implemented by his government in order to protect the most vulnerable sectors of the population.
The statement reads that “President Hugo Chávez informed his Syrian counterpart of the demonstrations of solidarity made by many Latin American and Caribbean leaders. He also took the opportunity to convey his unconditional political and personal support to President Al Assad, expressing his sincere conviction that the dignity of the Syrian people and government would prevail over imperialist aggressions.”
Edited for Venezuelanalysis.com by Rachael Boothroyd