Lattakia Governor, Armenian Ambassador Meet over Kessab

An envoy of families returning to Kessab after its liberation by Syrian government forces

DAMASCUS, Syria—Lattakia Governor Ahmad Sheikh Abdelqader on Tuesday discussed with Armenian Ambassador in Damascus Arshak Poladian the situation in the city of Kessab, SANA reported.

The Governor detailed the scale of the destruction caused to the city by rebel groups, suggesting that Armenia could provide aid to restore the city, particularly in light of the economic embargo imposed on Syria.

Sheikh Abdelqader said that basic services and infrastructure have been 70 percent restored in Kessab, noting that the rebels stole power transformers and water pumps and sabotaged wells, phone equipment, and the town’s health center.

He added that supplies have been provided for the town in preparation for the locals’ return, noting that the government will help local farmers by providing free pesticides and reimbursing them for stolen and damaged farm machinery.

In turn, Poladian affirmed Armenia’s condemnation of all forms of terrorism, asserting that Syria has always been a home for Armenians throughout history.

He affirmed his country’s readiness to help the town of Kessab and its people. This is Poladian’s second visit to the town of Kessab to inspect the situation there.


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  1. bigmoustache said:

    we should really invest money and manpower to rebuilding Kessab. this is our last piece of Cilicia, our town on the Mediterranean sea. this is property we need to keep for Armenians. I hope the government of Armenia can get this right.
    send construction people and money

  2. Hratch said:

    Also having a picture of the president ubiquitously displaced won’t hurt either.