Russian Arms To Syria
Ina news conference on 10 June he confirmed that an agreement was reached to resolve
the issue of Syria's US$11.2 billion debt inherited from the USSR. The Syrian President
Haze Al-Assad is to visit Moscow in October to discuss ways of enhancing economic and
Lieutenant-Colonel Bashar Al-Assad, President Assad's son is being groomed succeeded his father. His older brother who was prepared for the role died in a car accident in 1994. Bashar is reported to continue to take an increasing role in Syrian State affairs. He accompanied Defence Minister Lieutenant-General Mustafa Talas on the final stages of military manoeuvres this week. Speculation continues that Bashar is being groomed to succeed his father.
Meanwhile the president continue to display a show of strength, as the Syrian armed
forces were conducting military manoeuvres for the second time in less than a month on the
orders of President Assad, officials were reported saying on 7 June. Riffat al-Assad, the
former deputy and the alienated brother of the President is living in exile in Paris, he
refuses to talk to the media or give interviews. He is not even involved in his son's (Dr
Sumar el-Assad) ambitious project, the Television satellite TV ANN - Arab News Network,
which is gaining strength and proving to be a better news service than the Saudi Arabian
backed and financed, MBC.