Al-Moallem : ‘Syria won’t let terrorists gain at talks what they failed to achieve by means of force’

12 January، 2016
New Delhi, SANA

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem discussed on Tuesday with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj means to enhance relations between Syria and India, mainly in relation to electricity, petroleum, agriculture, technical and academic cooperation.

Both sides agreed to remove all obstacles standing in the way of boosting bilateral cooperation and work to hold the Syrian-Indian joint committee meeting as soon as possible.

As he briefed the Indian Minister on the situation in the region and the crisis in the country, al-Moallem affirmed that Syria is going ahead with its efforts to combat terrorism and find a political solution to it crisis, and that it is cooperating with the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura to that effect.

He held the supporters of terrorism, mainly Saudi Arabia and Turkey, responsible for prolonging the crisis, saying “a great deal of the crisis will end if Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other terrorism backers respected the UN Security Council relevant resolutions and ceased their support to terrorism.”

Al-Moallem asserted that it is the right of the Syrian people alone to determine their future.

“Syria will not let the terrorists who failed to achieve their goals by means of force to gain them through the political talks,” he said.

For her part, the Indian Foreign Minister renewed India’s support to Syria for combating terrorism, expressing welcome of the Russian-Syrian coordination in this field.

Swaraj also voiced her country’s support to the Syrian government’s efforts on both the political track and that of combating ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

Al-Moallem arrived in India Monday on a 4-day visit to hold talks with Indian officials about the current situation in the region and the world and means of enhancing bilateral relations between New Delhi and Damascus.

Al-Moallem: Syria determined to know names of opposition delegation that will be negotiated in Geneva

Later, al-Moallem affirmed that the Syrian government is determined to know the names of opposition delegation that would be negotiated in Geneva before going there late this month.

“We have shown our readiness to attend Geneva meetings on the Syrian-Syrian dialogue… the UN Envoy to Syria di Mistura was satisfied with the outcomes of his visit to Damascus and there is a need to know the names of opposition figures as our delegation would not go to hold talks with ghosts,” al-Moallem told SANA correspondent in New Delhi.

He added “during my meetings in India, I heard a support for the Syrian stance, government and President Bashar al-Assad,” affirming that India can play an important and active role in combating terrorism and the track of political solution to the crisis.

“I am very happy with the results of constructive, promising talks with Indian Foreign Minister as both countries took the decision to boost relations and deepen them in all sectors, particularly in oil, gas, electricity, industry and agriculture,” al-Moallem said.

He added that the Indian Foreign Minister showed her support to the Syrian efforts in combating terrorism and the political track and “we proposed holding a security cooperation to protect the two countries, security and stability in the world.”

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Terrorism has spread to the states that have been supporting it for five years

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem said that his visit to India has been productive and successful and that during it the decades-long relations between the two countries were discussed, adding that during meetings in India he perceived readiness to meet the needs of the Syrian people.

In a press conference held on Wednesday in New Delhi, al-Moallem said that he discussed with the Indian side the crisis in Syria and its repercussions on other states, with the two sides agreeing that terrorism knows neither country nor religion, and that it has spread to the states that have been supporting it for five years, adding “we’re beginning to see terrorism backfiring on the states that supported it like France and the United States, and yesterday Turkey, and before that Saudi Arabia.”

He asserted that the military cooperation between Syria and Russia to fight terrorism has achieved remarkable results, adding that the battle against terrorism is also Russia’s battle because there are thousands of Chechens fighting alongside ISIS in Syria.

Al-Moallem said that Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers himself to be the godfather of the Muslim Brotherhood and that he has dreams of restoring the Ottoman Empire in the region, which is why he supported terrorists to flock to Syria from 100 states, opening his borders to them and receiving money from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other states to fund them.

He added that Erdogan did not calculate the results of that policy and the fact that terrorists will turn against their supporters, and that Erdogan’s empire-building ambitions are mere illusions.

The Minister asserted that only the Syrians will decide their future destiny without foreign interferences, and that Syria will be as the Syrians want it to be.

Hazem Sabbagh