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Visit of Sudan's President to Syria a Step towards Breaking the Siege Imposed on Syria: al-Moallem

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem said on Monday that the visit of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir to Syria on Sunday is another step towards breaking the siege imposed on Syria in implementation of a an American-Israeli scheme aiming at weakening Syria's role at the Arab and regional arenas.

Al-Maollem was speaking during his meeting on Monday with professors and students from Damascus University.

"Syria  deeply believes in Arabism despite the crisis and the conspiracies hatched by some countries’ against the country," al-Moallem stressed.

 Federal entities unacceptable in Syria

Regarding the situation in northeastern Syria and the talk about a Kurdish entity in this area, the deputy premier said that no one at all in Syria accepts any talk about independent or federal entities and that the state’s decision is to restore sovereignty over every inch of the Syrian territory.

According to SANA, al-Moallem noted that the countries that have warred and conspired against Syria are paying the price of their policies, as they are suffering from high unemployment, inflation, and political and social division.

“All those who conspired against Syria under the leadership of the USA will not be in a comfortable position next year, while our situation in Syria is improving day by day,” he added.

Liberating Idleb from terrorism is a priority

On the situation in Idleb, al-Moallem said that the Syrian leadership’s priority is liberating the province from terrorism, noting continuous coordination with Russia in this regard, while the Turkish President and terrorists did not abide by the Sochi agreement on demilitarized zone in Idleb.

He noted that the Syrian leadership prefers political dialogue if it can rid Idleb of terrorism, and in the end the decision is to liberate all Syrian territories.

On the constitutional committee, al-Moallem said the delay in forming it is caused by certain Western states’ attempts to interfere in this matter, as well as obstacles put by Turkey.

He stressed that  the states that supported Syria in fighting terrorism will be given priority in participating in the reconstruction process in Syria and that the Ministry’s Economic Bureau is working to expand relations with Iran, Russia, China, India, and Malaysia as part of the policy of heading eastwards.

Illegal presence of foreign forces in Syria should come to an end

Regarding the illegal presence of foreign forces on Syrian territory, al-Moallem said that these states are trying to find roles in the political solution for the crisis in Syria which isn’t going to happen, and they should end their occupation of Syrian territory.

He reiterated that the occupied Syrian Golan is part of Syrian territories and subject to international laws on areas under occupation, stressing the need for respecting the decisions that consider the annexation of the Golan to be null and void.

220,000 displaced Syrians have returned home

Al-Moallem affirmed that Syria welcomes the return of all displaced Syrians, as several steps have been taken to facilitate this, with statistics showing that around 220,000 citizens have returned so far, and none of them have been harassed, adding that certain Western forces are trying to prevent the return of Syrians for political reasons.

Elsewhere in his remarks, al-Moallem underlined the importance of the convening of the Syrian-Russian Joint Economic Committee in Damascus last week, as such meetings establish a base for economic, cultural and social strategic partnership to match political and military relations with Russia.

Hamda Mustafa