Damascus condemns as void agreement between US company, SDF militants for stealing Syrian oil
Syria has strongly condemned an agreement signed between the Kurdish-led militant group of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an American oil company aimed at stealing the Syrian oil, stressing that Damascus considers the contract null and void with no legal effect.
On Sunday, Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates made the comments in a statement, carried by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), saying such a theft is carried out under the sponsorship and support of Washington.
“Syria considers this agreement null and void and has no legal effect and it warns again that such despicable acts express the approach of those client militias which have accepted to be a cheap puppet in the hands of the US occupation,” the statement said.
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed for the first time that a US oil company would begin work in SDF-controlled northeastern Syria, during his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
It is, however, not clear which American company is involved in the illegal project and whether any other companies were given an exemption to US oil sanctions on the Arab country.
Al-Monitor, citing unnamed sources, named the company in a report on Thursday as Delta Crescent Energy LLC, a corporation organized under the laws of the state of Delaware, without giving further details.
Elsewhere in the statement on Sunday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry denounced the illegal agreement as an integrated and aggravated theft, describing it as a deal between thieves who are stealing and thieves who are buying.
The ministry lambasted the agreement as an assault against Syria’s sovereignty and a continuation of the US hostile approach toward Syria.
The ministry further slammed Washington for hindering the Syrian government’s efforts for rebuilding what has been destroyed by the foreign-led terrorism, which is “mostly backed by the US administration itself.”