Muallem: U.S. Conspiracies Must Not Undermine Syrian Victories Against ISIS

Syrian foreign minister speaks to lawmakers at a parliamentary session in the Syrian capital on Tuesday

While international conspiracies continue to target Syria, there has been a decrease in the number of states taking part in them, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on Tuesday.

Muallem’s comments came during a session of Parliament in which the minister delivered a briefing on the latest Arab and international arenas.

The United States is continuing its support for terrorists in Syria in order to prolong the crisis, Muallem explained, adding that this is what the Israeli occupation wants. He said that this American support cannot undermine the victories achieved by the Syrian army against the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

The minister said that there are some groups in northern Syria that are acting as a Trojan horse for U.S. aggression, stressing the need for American and Turkish forces to leave Syria.

Speaking on recent political efforts, Muallem said that the Riyadh II statement which preceded the eighth round of Geneva negotiations was designed to be an obstacle for the U.N.-led talks. He added that the Syrian government delegation will head to the Kazakh capital of Astana to participate in the next round of meetings being held there, and that work is ongoing to prepare for the Sochi conference in Russia.

The minister also spoke about Syria’s expatriates, saying that their country cares for all of them and is working to maintain contact, stressing their important role in contributing to reconstruction efforts.

The priority, Muallem said, is eliminating terrorism and preserving the unity of Syria, adding that Palestine is still the focus of Syrian foreign policy and that the U.S. decision on Jerusalem violates United Nations Security Council resolutions and international legitimacy.

He said that the U.S.-led war on Syria isn’t over, adding that European continues to impose unjustified sanctions on Syria while Turkey carries out a serious aggression in order to seize Syrian territory.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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