In framework of the official visit to the Syrian Arab Republic negotiations between Anatolii Bibilov, the President of the Republic of South Ossetia, and Bashar al-Assad, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, were held on July 23 in the Presidential Palace in Damascus.
The meeting continued in an extended format with the participation of representatives of both states.
President Bibilov thanked Bashar al-Assad for the warm reception. On behalf of the authorities and the people of South Ossetia the President expressed sympathy to the Syrian nation in its struggle against international terrorism and wished establishment of peace on the long-suffering land of Syria.
The South Ossetian President highly appreciated the decision of the Syrian authorities to recognize the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia and expressed confidence that the development of relations between South Ossetia and Syria would serve for the interests of current and future generations.
In his turn Bashar al-Assad reaffirmed the readiness of Syria to joint work on developing bilateral South Ossetian-Syrian interaction, based on mutual respect and equity.
Upon the negotiations the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of South Ossetia has been signed by Bashar al-Assad and Anatolii Bibilov, the Presidents of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of South Ossetia.
The Treaty provides for the development of mutually friendly relations between South Ossetia and Syria in various areas of interest of both nations, and would become a solid basis for further enlargement of cooperation and trust between the states and the people.
As a gesture of thanks the South Ossetian President Anatilii Bibilov decorated Bashar al-Assad, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, with “Uatsamonga” order - the highest military award of South Ossetia.
In his turn Bashar al-Assad awarded Anatilii Bibilov with the Order of Umayyad – the highest national award of Syria. According to the Provisions the Order of Umayyad is given for outstanding military or civil service.
Alongside with this the Presidents exchanged memorable gifts. Anatolii BIbilov presented Bashar al-Assad with a Caucasian sabre made of damask steel. In his turn Bashar al-Assad presented Anatolii BIbilov with a traditional Syrian hand calked cup.
July 23, 2018, Tskhinval