The Return of the Displaced and Refugees Is of Utmost Importance for the Syrian Government: Al-Moallem

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem and the Executive Director of the Word Food Program (WFP) David Beasley on Tuesday discussed enhancing cooperation between Syria and the WFP to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria and to meet the basic needs of the Syrians affected by the repercussions of the terrorist war imposed on the country.

Al-Moallem talked about the government’s efforts and the facilitations provided to international organizations, including the WFP, in order to alleviate the difficult living conditions suffered by the Syrian citizens under the crisis, particularly as security situation has been improved and a large number of refugees and displaced people started to return home following the victories achieved by the Syrian Arab army on terrorism and its supporters in many Syrian areas.

He stressed that the Syrian government accords utmost importance to the return of the displaced Syrians to their original residence areas and it is doing its best to ensure good life condition to them.

Al-Moallem highly appreciated the WFP’s humanitarian efforts, affirming the Syrian government’s readiness to boost cooperation with the program away from any political agendas some parties are trying to impose.

On his part, Beasley thanked the Syrian government for its cooperation with the program and for its efforts to assist the WFP in delivering humanitarian aid to those who need. He called on the international community to exert more efforts to help the Syrian people surpass the difficult conditions caused by the crisis.

 According to Beasley, the program is sparing no effort as to increase funding for its activities in Syria.

He hailed the level of cooperation between the Syrian government and the WFP in the confrontation of the challenges and obstacles that hinder humanitarian and relief work on ground.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal al-Mikdad who earlier held a meeting with Beasley and the accompanying delegation during which the two sides discussed the positive developments in Syria represented in the Syrian state's restoring of control over most of its territories after liberating them from the terrorist groups.

Al-Mikdad urged deepening cooperation between Syria and the WFP and affirmed the importance of the humanitarian aid provided by the program to Syria.

The experience of the humanitarian aid air-drop made in Deir Ezzour during the siege imposed by Daesh on the city has been one of the most important examples of cooperation between the Syrian government and the WFP.  

He explained the negative impacts of the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the West on Syria in violation of the international law and the UN Charter.

Hamda Mustafa