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Moallem: The Syrian Army is the only force combating terrorism

The Levant News Exclusive -Damascus- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem Gave a speech at the 70th UN General Assembly in New York.

In his speech, Moallem called for stemming the flow of terrorists coming to Syria and taking a firm line against the countries supporting them.

He said the UN resolutions under Chapter VII remain “ink on paper” mentioned only in press releases and media statements and criticized the “utter silence” vis-à-vis sustained support provided to terrorists in Syria by countries that make a mockery of the UN resolutions while the countries committed to the international law are “bullied”.

”You had been witnessing these countries spawning extremist thought until it reached European states…. bombings and assassinations are now back in the West,” saying that terrorism cannot be confined to a geographical spot.

The minister pointed out the paradox in democratic Western countries forging alliances with countries that have no parliaments and treat women as inferiors.

Moallem announced that Syria agrees to participate in the four brainstorming committees of experts proposed by UN Special envoy Staffan De Mistura.

Moallem also said Russia’s decision to start bombing targets was based on the Syrian government’s request and is effective because it supports Syria’s efforts to combat terrorism: “Airstrikes are useless unless they are conducted in cooperation with the Syrian Arab army, the only force in Syria that is combating terrorism,” he maintained.

Israel has repeatedly targeted sites inside Syria and is doing so to shore up terrorists, he added, which is similar to what Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are doing.

Referring to European sanctions against the Syrian people, al-Moallem said they have exacerbated the living conditions of Syrian civilians at a time when the Syrian government is pulling out at all stops to meet the basic needs of citizens in cooperation with the United Nations and its humanitarian bodies.

He said the Syrian state guarantees the safe return and decent life for the citizens who are willing to return, vowing that humanitarian efforts will continue apace to deliver aid to all Syrian citizens.


Reiterating Syria’s full adherence to the restoration of the occupied Golan, Moallem said it emphasizes rejection of all actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, to change its natural, geographic and demographic characteristics.

He indicated that establishing a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East is unconceivable without the accession of Israel, the only nuclear power in the region, to all treaties banning such weapons, calling for putting Israel’s nuclear facilities under the supervision of the international Atomic Energy Agency.

Finally, Moallem called on all those “who claim to be concerned over the security and safety of the Syrian people” to faithfully implement the UN Security Council’s counterterrorism resolutions so that a countdown to the end of the war in Syria can begin.”

Edited by Diana Kasem


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