Assad government committed to the fight against terrorism: Syrian FM

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem speaks to the U.N. General Assembly. File photo

ARA News 

HASAKAH – The Syrian government recognizes the importance of Vienna peace talks on the Syrian crisis, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Sunday.  

The Syrian FM said that the parties’ commitment to Vienna talks is necessary for anti-terrorism efforts, “and this may lead to a feasible cease-fire in Syria” after four year and a half of war. 

Al-Moualem’s remarks came on the sidelines of a meeting with Steffan de Mistura, U.N. Special Envoy to Syria in Damascus, to discuss the results of Vienna peace talks.

He said that the government of President Bashar al-Assad is committed to the fight against terrorism, stressing the important role of Russia, Iran and the Lebanese resistance (Hezbollah) in this regard. 

“Any anti-terrorism action in Syria without coordination with the Syrian government would not serve the main objective of defeating terrorist groups. Unauthorized intervention into Syria is a violation to the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations,” al-Moualem said. 

Speaking to ARA News, Syrian opposition activist Adnan Ahmed said: “The Syrian official statements have not changed since the outbreak of the ongoing crisis; they keep defending the embattled president Bashar al-Assad to stay in power.” 

“The Assad regime has justified the Russian and Iranian intervention in Syria, while it condemns any support from the international community to the opposition,” he argued. 

“The Assad regime considers all of its opponents as terrorists; it is not serious about any solution to the Syrian crisis,” Ahmed added. 

Reporting by: Kawa Isso

Source: ARA News

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