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Oil fields in Syria must be under the control of the Syrian State: Lavrov

YEREVAN, (ST)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reaffirmed that the oil fields in Syria must be under the control of the Syrian state, pointing out that Washington's attempts to control these fields are illegal and they hinder reaching political solution to the crisis in Syria.

In a press conference with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Yerevan on Monday, Lavrov said that the US illegal attempts to control Syria's oil fields impede political settlement in the country and form an additional source of threat.

The Russian top diplomat added that Moscow affirmed the need for the Syrian state to establish its control over all its territory including over the oil fields as soon as possible. Moscow also supports the complete elimination of terrorism and the attainment of a political solution to the crisis in the country, he pointed out .

Syria strongly condemns the military coup in Bolivia and expresses its solidarity with the legitimate president-elect Evo Morales

On November 11, the Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemned the military coup in Bolivia.

“The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns the military coup in Bolivia and expresses its solidarity with the legitimate president-elect Evo Morales,” an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said.

President al-Assad in an interview with the channel RT-UK TV Channel: in spite of all aggression, most of the Syrian people support their government

Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad stressed that Russia defends its interests in different ways. One aspect of this defense is fighting terrorism in Syria. This is a defense of the Russian people because terrorism and its ideology have no borders and do not recognize political borders.

“No one can die for someone,” President Al-Assad said in an interview with Russia's RT-UK TV Channel. “People can die for a cause. This cause is defending their country, their existence and their future."

Beijing has always believed that Syria's future must be decided by the Syrians only: Chinese envoy

BEIJING, (ST)- China's Special envoy for the Middle East Affairs Zhai Jun has reaffirmed the need to protect and respect Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, pointing out that political solution is the only way out of the crisis in the country.

In a press conference held by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday, Jun said that Beijing has always believed that "Syria's future must be decided by the Syrian people". He added that "Syria has recently undergone some major changes, most important of which is the growing momentum for finding a political solution, but still terrorist organizations haven't been eliminated completely yet".

Lavrov says tangible progress has been made in the process of political settlement in Syria

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that tangible progress has been made recently in the process of political settlement in Syria, noting the leading role played by the Astana talks on Syria in this regard.

"On October 30, Geneva hosted the first meeting of the Constitutional Committee on Syria composed of representatives of the government, the "opposition" and civil society," Lavrov told the Armenian "Mediamax" news agency on Saturday,  pointing out that a decision on the committee's establishment was made following the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in Sochi in January 2018.