Annan, World leaders Pay Tribute to Assad
Condolences over the death of Syrian President Hafez Assad poured in from different parts of the world, mourning the president's passing away and urging the country to promote peace in the region. UN secretary general Kofi Annan expressed his deep sadness over Assad's death, describing him as a leader of great authority and consistent principle.
CHINA MOURNES THE LOSS OF A 'GOOD FRIEND'
China Sunday expressed its condolences to Syria over the death of President Hafez Assad and mourned the loss of a "respected friend."
"The Chinese government expresses its deep condolences over the passing away of Syrian President Hafez Assad," foreign ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying.
Zhu called Assad a "respected friend" of China and praised him for the contributions he made to Syria.
"The Chinese government believes that Syria will march forward along the path set by President Assad, and Sino-Syrian ties will continue to advance," Zhu said.
JAPAN'S PRIME MINISTER EXTENDS CONDOLENCES, URGES SYRIA TO MAINTAIN ROLE IN THE PEACE PROCESS
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori extended Sunday his condolences on the death of Syrian President Hafez Assad, urging Syria to maintain an active role in the Middle East peace process, said AFP.
"The demise of the President Assad is all the more regrettable as there was a strong expectation for the realization of peace with Israel in the coming months," Mori said in a statement.
"We sincerely hope that the people of the Syrian Arab Republic will overcome this sorrow and continue to make active efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region," said the Japanese premier.
"We also call upon the international community to make renewed efforts to realize the goal of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East," he said.
THAILAND HOPES NEXT SYRIAN LEADER WILL CONTINUE ASSAD'S EFFORTS IN PROMOTING PEACE
Thailand expressed its condolences to Syria on Sunday and hoped the next Syrian president would continue Assad's efforts to promote peace and stability in the Middle East, said AFP.
"Thailand expresses its condolences to Syrians for the loss of their beloved leader," said Noppadol Pattama, secretary to Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan.
ANNAN 'PROFOUNDLY SADDENED' AT ASSAD DEATH
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed deep sadness Saturday at the death of Syria's President Hafez Assad, describing him as a leader of great authority and consistent principle, reported Reuters.
"The secretary-general is profoundly saddened by Assad's sudden death," Annan spokesman was quoted as saying in a statement.
"The passing of President Assad is a great loss for the people of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Arab world and the region as a whole," he said.
"Assad will be remembered as a statesman of great authority and as a person of firm and consistent principle. In the Secretary-General's view the death of President Assad underlines the urgency of the search for a comprehensive and lasting solution to the problems of the region," the statement said - Albawaba.com
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