DAMASCUS, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday stressed the important role which the national and pan-Arab parties and forces can play in facing extremist and takfiri thinking and confronting the foreign plots targeting the Arab people.
The President was speaking during a meeting with a Tunisian delegation consisting of representatives of Tunisian parties and political, economic and popular movements, headed by Dr. Shukri Bin Suleiman Harmasi, Secretary General of the Tunisian al-Thawabit (Immutable Principles) Party.
The meeting touched upon the latest developments in Syria and Tunisia and the changes witnessed in the Arab region in general.
In this context, President al-Assad highlighted the necessity of adhering to the Arab principles and identity and the values of Arabism to stand up to the changes witnessed in the Arab arena.
He briefed the Tunisian delegation on the dimensions of the crisis in Syria and the firm Syrian stance on confronting terrorism and its regional and international supporters and on the political solution to the crisis.
For their parts, the delegation members expressed the Tunisian people's solidarity with Syria and their appreciation of the Syrian people's steadfastness and unity with their doctrinated army in the face of the foreign conspiracy and aggression led by Israel some regional countries and the West.
They pointed out that this aggression targets Syria because of its adherence to the option of resistance and commitment to the fundamental Arab causes.
The Tunisian figures described Syria as "the last of the strongholds of Arab nationalism", stressing their confidence that Syria will come out of its crisis victorious under the leadership of President al-Assad.
They said this victory which will be achieved by Syria will be a victory for all the Arabs because Syria is considered "the last line of defense of Arabism and the highest national interests."
The Tunisian delegation members expressed their sorrow and apology for the participation of some misled Tunisians in the fighting in Syria, stressing that the Tunisian people realize the reality of what is taking place in Syria.
They added that the Tunisian people have succeeded to a large extent in reducing the flow of Tunisians towards Syria, noting that many of the Tunisian youth now want to volunteer to fight on the Golan front and stand by their Syrian brothers in the face of the real enemy; that is the Zionist occupation.
President al-Assad talked about the deep brotherly relations binding the Syrian and Tunisian peoples, which were reflected by the Tunisians through the marches which they have staged in support of Syria.
He stressed that the Syrians appreciate the supportive stances of the Tunisian people and look at those Tunisians who were misled to fight in Syria as representing themselves only.