• Victory against US, Israeli-backed terrorists at hand, Syrian FM tells UN General Assembly

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus is close to victory in its fight against foreign-sponsored terrorism which has wreaked havoc on the nation over the past six years.

According to Press TV, Muallem said in his speech at the UN General Assembly on Saturday “My country, along with its steadfast people and its brave army and supported by our loyal allies, is marching steadily towards the goal of rooting out terrorism. The liberation of Aleppo and Palmyra, the lifting of the siege on the city of Dayr al-Zawr and the eradication of terrorism from many parts of Syria prove that victory is now within reach.”

The Syrian diplomat warned about the spillover of Takfiri terrorism to other parts of the world, calling for concerted effort by the international community to eradicate the phenomenon.

“We must all understand that terrorism and the underlying Takfiri extremist ideology will continue to spread like a tumor throughout the world and wound our own people, unless every one of us demonstrates a genuine will to cooperate to confront it together,” he said.

“Every such measure must respect the sovereignty of states and the interests of the people. We must let go of the illusion that terrorism can be used as a tool for political gains and narrow interests,” the top Syrian diplomat added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Muallem slammed Turkey’s “aggressive policies” under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Syria, noting, “Turkey’s positions stand in stark contrast to the positive and constructive role played by Russia and Iran.”

He also lashed out at Zionist regime for continuing its “unscrupulous thuggish actions with full impunity” against civilian population in Syria and Palestine.

“The Zionist regime did not stop there. It has interfered in the Syrian crisis since its early days. Israeli regime has provided all forms of support for Takfiri terrorist gangs, including funds, weapons, material and communication equipment. Israel has also bombed Syrian army positions to serve terrorist agendas,” the Syrian foreign minister said.

“The unlimited Israeli support to terrorists in Syria did not come as a surprise. After all, the two share the same interests and goals,” he added.

Muallem also criticized the massive human rights violations and destruction of Syria’s infrastructure by the US-led coalition claiming to be fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Muallem slammed the “international community’s silence” over the crimes committed by the US-led coalition in Syria and argued that any foreign presence in Syria without the approval of the government in Damascus constitutes an act of “occupation, flagrant violation of … international law and the UN Charter.”


Sep 24, 2017 04:51 UTC