No real will by neighboring countries to fight terrorism, Syrian officials tell an Australian delegation 22 July 2015 Articles 1989 Source: SANA Damascus -Prime Minister, Wael al-Halaqi asserted that the neighboring countries don’t have a real will to support an international regional alliance to fight terrorism. Meeting a visiting Australian delegation that includes activists, athletes and journalists, al-Halaqi said that “Syrians now are stronger, more resilient and gather around their leadership and army to fight terrorism. Al-Halaqi briefed the delegation on the damage inflicted upon the infrastructure in Syria due the systematic terrorist attacks perpetrated by the terrorist organizations, hoping the visiting delegation to convey the real image of what they have seen on ground in Syria to the Australian government and people. Syria, al-Halaqi added, always supports the international initiatives that serve the political solution without foreign intervention or dedications. Father David Smith, head of the delegation, for his part pointed out that the delegation noticed during visiting a number of Syrian provinces the strength of the Syrian government with all its governmental, civil and sport institutions and its steadfastness in spite of all what has been exposed to during the last four years. He added that the people who have a sense of patriotism such the Syrian one, no power can defeat it. The delegation, who are on a visit to Syria till July 23rd, participated in a number of sports events and visited Damascus and Lattakia. Information Minister: Need to convey reality of events in Syria to public opinion In a similar meeting, Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi stressed to the members of the Australian the need to convey the reality of the events in Syria and the crimes committed by the armed terrorist groups to the public opinion. The Minister criticized those who use the term “moderate opposition” to describe the terrorist organizations that are committing heinous crimes against the people of Syria, adding that the Syrians have always lived in a state of coexistence and fraternity throughout history. In turn, Father Smith said the public opinion in Australia is divided regarding the crisis in Syria as they do not have the correct information, adding that in his visit he witnessed that the Syrians are truly united and not fragmented as some western countries are trying to claim. Members of the delegation said they will spare no effort in conveying the reality of the events in Syria, expressing regret over the misguided Australians who had joined terrorist groups in Syria. Grand Mufti .. Syria is confronting terrorism and extremism in defense of its existence In the same context, the delegation met Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, who said that Syria is confronting terrorism and extremism in defense of its existence and sovereignty, and in defense of world peace. Hassoun said that religious figures, journalists, and athletes should serve as role models telling people that the right path is the path of fraternity and love.