Al-Jaafari, Guterres Discuss US Aggression on Syria, Humanitarian Cooperation

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday held a meeting in which they discussed the American aggression on the Syrian territories, Syria's stance on conducting a transparent and objective investigation in the Khan Sheikhoun  town and al-Shayrat airbase in Homs and Syria's cooperation I with the UN commissions and agencies to provide humanitarian assistance, particularly to crisis-affected citizens inside the Syrian territory.

 Guterres expressed his clear condemnation of the terrorist attack which targeted a bus convey evacuating besieged civilians from Idleb's Kafraya and Foua town to Aleppo. He said he understands the frustration the Syrians are feeling over some countries' refusal to condemn this coward attack and over the lack of objectivity by many countries regarding this issue.

The UN chief said that the United Nations affirms the need that the latest developments would not lead to more escalation, urging work to minimize these developments' impacts on the process of political talks.

Guterres reiterated that the UN is keen on making the political process in Geneva a success.

On his part, al-Jaafari stressed the importance of cooperation with the Syrian government in the fight against terrorism, reiterating that the political process must be led by the Syrians without foreign interference.

He pointed out that the Syrian government continues to achieve steps that help achieve more successful reconciliation cases countrywide.

Hamda Mustafa