The deputy foreign minister of the Assad regime, Bashar al-Jaafari, described Riyadh’s ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah al-Mouallimi as a “Saudi employee,” when commenting on Mouallimi’s speech at a UN meeting.
“Syria is too big to respond to the statement of any Saudi employee from here or there,” Jaafari said in an interview with Iran’s al-Mayadeen TV channel on Wednesday.
“Riyadh continues to implement a non-Arab agenda and its policy is subject to the Western agenda,” he said.
On the regime’s return to the Arab League, Jaafari claimed that “Damascus does not accept that any condition should be imposed on Syria’s participation in Arab League meetings; there is no doubt that Qatar is obstructing Damascus’ participation.”
“Don’t believe them saying that the war is over in Syria, claiming that there is no need for UN resolutions,” Mouallimi said, in summing up Saudi Arabia’s position on Assad’s regime.
“Don’t believe them if their leader stands on a pyramid of innocent people claiming a great victory; how can he declare victory from amongst the remains of innocent people and the ruins of people’s houses?” Mouallimi said in an attack on regime head Bashar al-Assad. “Any victory shall be for a leader who stands on the remains of his people and his citizens.”
In his speech, Mouallimi also highlighted the Assad regime’s lies, as well as its lack of sincerity in pursuing reconstruction and establishing security.
The Saudi position comes at a time when attention is turning to the Arab League, and the attempts of some countries to reactivate the membership of the Assad regime.
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