The presidential special adviser commented on the recent reports circulating in the American media, attributing information to sources within the White House, Ministries of Defense, and Foreign Affairs. The reports suggest that Washington is contemplating a withdrawal from Syria, dismissing these claims as mere propaganda orchestrated by the media.
Speaking to Al-Watan during her participation in an event hosted by the Indian Embassy in Damascus to commemorate Indian Republic Day, Shaaban expressed skepticism about the motives behind such narratives. She emphasized that, despite the American attempt to present themselves as non-occupiers, they are perceived as such by the Syrian government. In Shaaban’s view, the American forces within the Syrian Arab Republic are regarded as occupying forces, akin to Israeli and Turkish forces.
Shaaban asserted, “Sooner or later, the Americans will be compelled to withdraw from our land. The presence of American forces in Syria is an occupation, and we will fully liberate our country.”
In a related development, Alexander Lavrentyev, the Russian president’s special envoy to Syria, weighed in on the matter. Lavrentyev dismissed the possibility of the U.S. forces remaining east of the Euphrates if they withdrew from Iraq. He underlined that these forces will inevitably depart, stating, “Sooner or later, the American soldiers will leave Syria.”
According to information from the Kurdish network Rudaw, Lavrentyev conveyed, “Once the US forces exit Iraq, the continuation of their presence east of the Euphrates becomes untenable.” He stressed the importance of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration acknowledging that American troops will depart in due course, urging them to address their issues with the central authority sooner rather than later.
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