Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched his own vision for the “Five Seas” project in 2004, which aims to take advantage of Syria’s geographic location and place it in the heart of the regional energy and transport network. Before the beginning of the foreign arranged war on Syria in 2011, President al-Assad headed high-level delegations to visit region and neighboring countries and beyond to achieve his plan, and signed several agreements, including with Turkey, Romania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon.
These agreements included the following large pipeline projects: a gas pipeline from Iran, a pipeline to Turkey to be connected to the Nabucco gas pipeline to be extended from Azerbaijan, and reconstruction of the oil pipeline from northern Iraq to Syria.
The Syrian five-year plan, In 2004, took effective measures to build roads, ports, and pipelines within the country that are necessary to achieve this vision.
When President al-Assad spoke to the weekly Al-Sharq Al-Awsat correspondent on August 1, 2009, he explained: “Once the economic space between Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran becomes integrated, linking the Mediterranean, the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and the Arabian Gulf, will not only be important in the Middle East , And when these seas are connected, we will become the inevitable intersection of the whole world in investment, transportation, and more ».
The five seas vision symbolized that Syria will become the center of stability in the region , as the vision of this policy is based on a network of operations, all of which operate through Syria to transport oil and gas, commodities, manpower and ideas, linking the Caucasus in the north with the Gulf states in the south, Iran in the east, and Europe in the West collectively.
If these countries are linked through Syria, they’ll become a mass of at least 288 million people, a figure that may not be defeated and cannot be ignored today.
This human mass is more than sufficient to explain the reason from a geopolitical angle behind the West’s insistence on the departure of President Assad, behind the seven-year war on Syria and behind the plans and conspiracies that were put.