Syria undergoing comprehensive reform: president

Arab World Materials 10 April 2011 17:33 (UTC +04:00)

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday in Damascus that Syria is undergoing a comprehensive reform, official SANA news agency reported.

His remarks came at his meeting with the visiting Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov as the two sides discussed the recent regional developments particularly the situation in Syria, Xinhua reported .

Mladenov highlighted Syria's security and stability asserting his country's support to the reforms that Syria is carrying out, said the report.

Assad has recently ordered a series of reform procedures including ending the 48-year-long emergency rule, releasing dozens of political detainees and sacking government and a number of official figures upon popular demands.

His step came in the wake of the unprecedented pro-democracy protests that erupted three weeks ago in various parts of the country. According to official sources some 70 Syrians have been killed so far in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Syria accuses "foreign powers" of feeding the country's turmoil to fuel the sectarian and ethnic strife.