Arab writers and writers called for lifting the siege and unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syria, declaring their solidarity with it in the catastrophe of the earthquake that claimed hundreds of victims, at the end of the meeting of the General Secretariat of the Arab Writers Union, which was held in Cairo, with the participation of Dr. Muhammad Al-Hourani, President of the Arab Writers Union in Syria. And delegations from fifteen Arab countries.
The Secretary-General of the General Union of Arab Writers and Writers, Dr. Alaa Abdel-Hadi Al-Amin, issued a statement on behalf of the General Secretariat of the Union and the General Syndicate of Writers in Egypt, in which he offered his sincere condolences to His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad and to the brothers in the Arab Writers Union in Syria for the death of hundreds of Syrian brothers due to the painful natural disaster. The earthquake that claimed the lives of hundreds of dear Syrian people, calling for mercy for the victims and for inspiring their families and loved ones to be patient.
The work of the council meeting, which was held from the 2nd to the 6th of February, was concluded with the issuance of the cultural statement, the statement of freedoms, and the final statement, which emphasized support for Syria in its legitimate right to work to restore its occupied lands, affirming the Arab identity of the Syrian Arab Golan, and condemning writers for the repeated Zionist attacks on Syria, calling for lifting the unilateral Western coercive measures and the economic blockade imposed on the Syrian people, and affirming their right to preserve their national state and resisting normalization.
In their statement, the writers also called for supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people and uniting efforts in confronting the Zionist steps aimed at destroying, stealing and falsifying history and antiquities in Islamic and Christian places in occupied Palestine, and preserving the tangible and intangible Palestinian and Arab heritage from Zionist forgery and theft.
The meeting included the distribution of some literary prizes, including the Ahmed Shawky Prize, which was won by the late poet Shawky Baghdadi from Syria, in the presence of poets Ahmed Abdel Moti Hijazi, Talal Haider, Magdy Najeeb, and a group of Arab writers, writers, and intellectuals.
The President of the Union of Arab Writers in Syria and the Deputy Secretary-General for Writers received, in turn, at the end of the meeting, calls and telegrams of condolence and sympathy from most of the Arab writers’ unions, associations and literary families, including Jordan, Palestine, Bahrain
, the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Libya and Yemen with the disaster of the earthquake that struck the Syrian people.
Muhammad Khaled Al-Khader
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