Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem said that Syria has repeatedly warned over the past three years of the wave of terrorism sweeping the region.
“For the past three years, Syria has repeatedly warned that the horrific terrorist onslaught on its will would eventually affect the whole region,” Moallem said in an article published onThursday by the Chinese Global Times newspaper.
Commenting on the situation in Iraq, where large chunks of territory have fallen to the draconian rule of terrorists from the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Moallem said that "What is happening today in Iraq is the result of the cold calculation of the Western powers: Let terrorism wreak havoc in Syria while claiming that it is a war for freedom and democracy.”
Moallem added that at least 80,000 Islamist jihadis from all across the world have joined the most radical Wahhabi jihadis in Syria "in an insane, bloody, destructive and futile war. ”
He said that well-known regional powers, backed by the U.S. and its western allies, are turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the terrorist groups, not only against innocent men, women and children, but also against every economic, industrial and cultural institution in Syria.
“This barbaric war against Syria’s citizens and infrastructure aims at pushing Syria back to the dark ages,” Moallem stated.
The Western powers refuse to admit that by supporting the terrorist groups and their destructive war they are actually inflicting intolerable human suffering on the Syrian people and perpetuating the refugees’ problems, Moallem said.
Moallem said a political resolution to the crisis is the only way out, confirming that Syria is seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis through a national dialogue among the Syrians and led by the Syrians.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer
He added “the government of Syria is already engaged in a series of political settlements with local armed groups allowing them to lay down their arms and resume a normal peaceful life in their country.”