Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, who is currently visiting Belarus, and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko have expressed their wish to establish strategic relations between their countries, and have declared that disputes between countries must be solved by diplomatic means only.
Lukashenko praised Syria, calling it Belarus' closest friend in the Middle East, and expressed his willingness to expand cooperation with it in all areas, particularly in the military area.
Assad criticized the international organizations [that is, the U.N. and the U.N. Security Council] that he said are acting as certain countries' government ministries, and called on countries to adhere to their rights and to oppose occupation.
Both sides signed agreements for information and communications technology, industry, and education.
It was also reported that there were contacts vis-a-vis a summit with Assad, Lukashenko, and Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in Damascus before year's end.