US military vehicles, including tanker trucks laden with stolen Syrian oil, have left the Khrab al-Jir base in the northeastern province of Hasakah for Iraq over the past 24 hours.
The Syrian foreign minister has hailed as an “achievement” a newly-adopted United Nations resolution to extend the cross-border aid operation into the West Asian country, as the move would compel the West to respect the territorial integrity of Syria.
Speaker of Syrian People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh says forces of global aggression, led by the US, besiege Syria and Iran together under the false guise of fighting terrorism but in fact they support and protect the scourge.
The 16th round of the Astana talks aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict concluded on Thursday, with the guarantor states renewing their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.
The chairwoman of the Syrian mission to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says the United States and its allies have lowered the status of the international watchdog, and turned it into a political tool to level baseless accusations against Damascus and exert pressure on it.
Russia says all humanitarian aid to war-ravaged Syria should be delivered through the central government in Damascus, rejecting the so-called “cross-border” aid delivery mechanism.
United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen has praised the role being played by Iran, Russia and Turkey in efforts to resolve the Syria crisis, saying he counts on the trio’s continued support for the world body’s political process to achieve that goal.
Russia’s envoy to the United Nations has strongly dismissed efforts by the US to transfer “humanitarian aid” to Syria by keeping the existing border crossing open and reopening another one from Iraq to the war-torn West Asian country.
Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has told the United Nations that Damascus reserves the right to wrest back control of the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights, and that the deployment of the world body’s peacekeeping forces in the territory cannot replace an optimal solution to the problem.
Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bassam Sabbagh has stressed that the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Syria requires the immediate lifting of unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US.