Defense Minister: Armed Forces Always Ready to Shoulder Responsibility in Restoring Safety and Stability to Syria

25 October، 2018
Damascus, SANA

Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Armed Forces, Defense Minister Major Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub said that the armed forces are always ready to shoulder responsibility in restoring safety and security over Syria.

Ayoub’s remarks came during the People Assembly’s 15 session of the 8th ordinary round, chaired by Speaker Hamoudeh Sabbagh on Thursday.

Ayoub reiterated that the Syrian state will deal with the remaining areas which US is still betting on, either by local reconciliations or by the Syrian army operations.

Ayoub clarified that Idleb province is a Syrian territory and it will return to the Syrian state, stressing that Syria considers the US and British presence on its territory illegal and a violation of the sovereignty of an independent country and a UN member.

He pointed out that Washington has been losing its cards in Syria after most areas in Homs, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Eastern Ghouta, Darra and Quneitra , had been liberated from terrorism and returned to Syria’s sovereignty.

The Defense Minister saluted the martyrs who sacrificed their souls for the homeland, wishing a speedy recovery for the wounded.

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Idlib to Return to State through Reconciliation or Military Action

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Defense Minister General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayoub, in a speech at the 15th session of the People’s Assembly, addressed the current situation around Idlib and other regions outside of the government’s control.

General Ayoub told the audience that Idlib province will return to the state regardless of attempts by Turkey and the US to keep the province out of Damascus’ control, massdar news reported.

The Minister said that the armed groups in Idlib will either reconcile with the state or face military action.

General Ayoub would then turn his attention to the US’ presence in Syria, which he called an ‘occupation’ and “violation of international law.”

He added the US has been losing in Syria since the military retook most areas in Aleppo, Deir Ezzur, Eastern Ghouta, rural Damascus, Dara’a, Hama and Quneitra.