DAMASCUS, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed on Tuesday the humanitarian efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) "so long as it carries out its work independently with evenhandedness," the state-run SANA news agency reported.
Assad made the remarks during his meeting with visiting ICRC chief Peter Maurer, who flew in a day earlier for a three-day visit for meeting with top Syrian officials.
The talks touched upon the relations between the ICRC and the Syrian government, said SANA, adding that Maurer voiced appreciation for the Syrian government's cooperation.
Maurer also met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and his deputy Faisal Mikdad.
He also met with head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Abdul- Rahman al-Attar and headed to the restive suburbs of Muadamiyeh and Harasta around the capital Damascus.
DAMASCUS, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Monday for talks with top officials on the deteriorating humanitarian situation as the government pledged there was nothing hindering the return of the displaced Syrians to their homes.
ICRC Chief Peter Maurer arrived in Damascus evening for a three- day visit, during which he will be meeting with President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and Minister of health Salam Al-Nayef among other high-level officials. Full story
DAMASCUS, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The intensive exchange of gunfire between Syrian government forces and armed rebels has shown no sign of respite around Aleppo, a city deemed strategically significant for both sides in their fight for control of the conflict-ravaged country.
As fierce battles continue to cause casualties and make life miserable for many people inside Syria, it is hoped the scheduled meeting on Tuesday between Syria's senior officials and the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) could produce some relief. Full story