Springtime for Franco? The European Parliament Delegations headed by Javier Couso met the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on july 10. They also met Assad’s Great Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, who threatened to activate suicide bombers in Europe and the United States. Did the tour included the Military Hospital 601, the photographing scene of Bashar al-Assad’s war crimes?
Javier Couso is a member of Spain Izquierda Unida, member of the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) and Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. Yana Toom is a member of Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Tatjana Ždanoka is a member of Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA).
For their part, the European delegation members said their visit to Syria and the suffering of the Syrian people they have seen firsthand would make them put effort to the effect of correcting the policies of the European governments and pressuring them into lifting the sanctions.
The European parliamentarians affirmed the need to keep Syria’s sovereignty intact, stressing that the Syrians alone should decide their country’s future without any foreign interference.
On March 27th, President al-Assad received a French delegation that included parliamentarians, intellectuals, researchers and journalists and said during the meeting that such visits by parliamentary delegations and having these figures inspect firsthand the situation in the Syrian cities could be useful for them to efficiently work to correct the wrong policies adopted by some governments, including that of France, towards what is happening in Syria.
In a statement to SANA, Javier Couso said that the meeting with President al-Assad was an opportunity to discuss several issues and ask questions about the situation in Syria, and that at the end of the meeting it was affirmed that dialogue is the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria without any foreign interference in its affairs.
He also talked about the delegation’s visit to Damascus, lauding the coexistence he witnessed in the Syrian society.
For her part, delegation member and Member of the European Parliament Tatjana Zdanoka stated that President al-Assad presented during the meeting “precise formulas” about what is happening in Syria, and that the meeting was very friendly and open.
On a relevant note, the delegation met with Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, who called upon European parliamentarians to stand up to US arrogance and hegemony.
Couso noted that the delegation is planning to take steps that would help change western countries’ rhetoric and will call for the lifting of sanctions, which he described as “unfair”.
He promised to “inform the Europeans on the real state of affairs in Syria and on how people suffer from terrorism,” the report said.
Great Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun
The EP Delegation met also Great Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, who threatened to activate suicide bombers in Europe and the United States.
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Military Hospital 601 was the photographing scene of Bashar al-Assad’s war crimes where the leaked photos showed hundreds of lifeless bodies with signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation and other forms of torture and killing.
That Couso met the Syrian government murderer seems as repugnant as if he had met the murderers of his brother. (The Spanish journalist, Jose Couso, the brother of Javier Couso was killed by US forces in an attack at the Palestine hotel in Baghdad on April 8th 2003.)