Mar 02, 2020 15:56 UTC
  • President Assad says anti-terror war not limited to Syria, Libya

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the war against terrorism is not restricted to Syria or Libya and the endeavor will determine the fate of the region.

According to Press TV, Assad made the comments during a meeting with a delegation from Libya’s eastern Tobruk-based government on Monday.

The fight against terror by both Syrian and Libyan governments, he added, goes on in the face of impeding foreign intervention.

The Libyan delegation was co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul-Rahman al-Ahiresh and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Abdul-Hadi al-Hawaij.

Both sides agreed that what was going on in Syria and Libya, in terms of militancy, was the same.

The Syrian president named his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who launched a cross-border offensive into Syria months ago to support Ankara-backed terror groups in Idlib Province and to block advances by Syrian army troops in the flashpoint region. Turkey has also sent thousands of Syrian terrorists to Libya.

Assad added that Ankara used terrorism to achieve its political interests, which are the main factor in destabilizing the region as a whole.

Both sides also discussed ways through which the two countries could activate bilateral cooperation in all sectors, on top of which would be opening diplomatic missions. Furthermore, they stressed those bilateral ties, which bind the two brotherly peoples in a way that serve the mutual interests of the two countries, should be reactivated.

On Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and his Libyan counterpart, Abdul-Hadi al-Hawaij, signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the reopening of diplomatic missions in Syria and Libya, “particularly in standing in the face of Turkish interference and aggression.”

Libya plunged into chaos in 2011, when a popular uprising and a NATO intervention led to the ouster of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.