Syria's President Hafez al Assad has urged Arab nations to use a new weapon in their struggle against Zionism.
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Background: Syria's President Hafez al Assad has urged Arab nations to use a new weapon in their struggle against Zionism.
Opening the Fourth Conference of the General Federation of Arab Journalists in Damascus on Tuesday (30 July), President Assad said the "information weapon" -- the media -- had a leading role to play in the struggle against Israel.
He was addressing delegates from 49 Arab and foreign press organisations, the Arab League and the International Federation of Journalists.
President Assad said the media also had an important role to play in Arab unity and stressed the importance of freedom of the press, saying it should be sought by all.
In other points raised during his speech at the Damascus University, President Assad re-affirmed Syria's support for the Palestine Liberation Organisation and urged the restoration of peace in Cyprus.
But his main topic was the Middle East, where he accused Israel of seeking to block all chances of peace and trying to drag the region to a new war.
President Assad said Syrian was still after peace in the Middle East, but it would have to be a "just" peace with full restoration of Arab territories occupied during the 1967 war.
SYNOPSIS: Syria's President Assad has urged Arab nations to use the "information weapon" against Israel.
He was speaking at Damascus University where he opened the Fourth Conference of the General Federation of Arab Journalists on Tuesday. Delegates form forty-nine Arab and foreign press organisations attended along with representatives of the Arab League and the International Federation of Journalists.
He told the audience -- which also included politicians and academics -- the media had a leading role to play in the war against Israel as an "information weapon".
Earlier, he was presented with a medal from the President of the press Federation. President Assad then had another message for the media -- he urged it to play leading role in Arab unity. Then he stressed the importance of freedom of the press.
But President Assad's main topic was the Middle East. He accused Israel of trying to block all chances of peace and drag the region into a new war. He also supported the role of the palestine Liberation Organisation, stressing it should determine the rights of the Palestinian people.