Syria, China Hold Talks on Efforts to Achieve Progress in Process of Finding Political Settlement in Syria

BEIJING, (ST)- Syria's Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem and the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday held an official round of talks in Beijing on ways to enhance bilateral ties to the level of strategic relations. The two sides exchanged view points on developments in Syria and the region, current efforts to achieve progress in the process of finding political solution to the crisis in Syria in parallel with the fight against all forms of terrorism, including the economic terrorism being practiced by the United States and a number of its allies on the Syrian and Chinese peoples.

Al-Moallem said that Syria seeks upgrading relations with China to the level of partnership, pointing out that President Bashar Al-Assad's vision to shift Syria's relations eastward and President Xi Jinping's "Belt and Road" Initiative are key frameworks to reach the hoped-for partnership between the two countries.

He expressed Syria's appreciation over the key role being played by China in the international arena to help Syria confront the terrorist war and the economic sanctions. He also hailed China's important role in building societies, pointing out that the war on Syria has taken a different form based on siege, economic sanctions and terrorist threats.

 War on Syria is part of wider war on countries seeking development , peace and independent decision

"The war on Syria is part of a wider war being waged by some countries and powers against the countries that seek achieving development and peace or against the countries which are committed to their independent national decisions," said al-Moallem.

He stressed Syria's determination to press ahead with the war on terrorism and with efforts aiming to reach a political solution to the crisis decided by the Syrians and to rebuild what the terrorist war has destroyed.

Al-Moallem renewed invitation to China to take part in Syria's reconstruction process, pointing out that the Syrian government will provide all facilitations to Chinese companies in this regard in a way that serves the mutual interest of the two countries.

On his part, the Chinese minister affirmed China's willingness to enhance its historical friendship and cooperation relations with Syria, particularly because Syria has been the first to establish diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China. In this regard, he welcomed Syria's policy of  shifting its relations eastward and its participation in the "Belt and Road" initiative as Syria has been a main point in the Silk Road.

Wang Yi renewed his country's call for reaching a political solution to the crisis based on respecting Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. He also called on some countries to be committed to the principle of not interfering in the internal affairs of Syria and to stop imposing their schemes and agendas on the Syrian people.

He stressed his country's rejection of all forms of pressure and economic sanctions practiced by some countries on Syria, as these unilateral sanctions flagrantly violate the UN Charter and the basic principles of international relations.

The Chinese top diplomat pointed out that China will continue providing full support for Syria's efforts in the fight against terrorism, "which all have to spare no effort to eliminate otherwise they will pay expensively."

"Syria has fought firmly and strongly to defend its dignity and independence," Wang Yi said, pointing out that history will prove that the Syrian people have paid expensively to maintain the stability of the region and to defend the objectives of the UN Charter.

On occupied Syrian Golan, Wang said that China stresses that Golan is an occupied Syrian land and it rejects any unilateral steps that change this fact which is provided in the UN and the Security Council resolutions. He affirmed that China will continue supporting Syria's just stances at international forums and will keep providing all forms of assistance to the Syrian people.

Al-Moallem: Fighting Terrorism Must Be an International Responsibility

The Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization is dominating most of Syria's Idleb province and it is taking civilians as human shields, Walid al-Moallem, Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, has underscored, reiterating the Syrian state's duty and right to rid its citizens of terrorism, particularly as it is fighting organizations designated as terrorist by the entire world, including by the international Security Council  which blacklisted  "Jabhat al-Nusra" as a terrorist organization.

During a joint press conference with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Tuesday, al-Moallem said that Idleb is a Syrian province and terrorism will be completely eliminated in this part of the country, stressing that all foreign troops, illegally present in Syria, must leave.

Al-Maollem added that Turkey is occupying parts of the Syrian territories, asking "what are the Turks doing in Syria? Are they there to protect the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra, Daesh and East Turkestan organization".

He explained that Syria has been facing international terrorism since 2011 and this terrorism has damaged the country's infrastructure and economic development, reiterating that fighting terrorism should be an international responsibility and that priority in participating in Syria's reconstruction process will be given to the countries which supported the Syrian state in its war on terrorism.

"Terrorism is a plague targeting the entire world and Syria is fighting it on its territory on behalf of this world," said al-Moallem, who thanked China over its support for Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

He also said that Syria strongly supports the territorial integrity of China and highly valued the Chinese people's achievements and contributions to human civilization.

Syria, China in the same trench against US economic terrorism

On political settlement in Syria, al-Moallem said "Syria is pressing ahead with the work to find a political solution of the crisis, taking into consideration that the Security Council has approved that the Issue of the Syrian constitution is a pure Syrian affair in which only the Syrian people have the final say.

Al-Moallem pointed out that Syria and China are in the same trench against the US economic terrorism, represented by the Unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on both countries as well as on Iran, Venezuela and other countries which don't submit to US dictates. He called for confronting this kind of terrorism because it violates the UN Charter, the international law as well as the principles of international relations.

On his part, Wang Yi said that he and al-Moallem held intensive talks on boosting Chinese-Syrian friendship and bilateral ties, stressing that his country is keen on enhancing relations with Syria and it supports the Syrian government's efforts to fight terrorism and find a political solution that preserves Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

He called for speeding up the process of finding political solution through dialogue in parallel with the fight against terrorism in Idleb where terrorists control wide areas and pose serious threat to the region. He also affirmed the need for an international agreement on fighting  and uprooting terrorism and for abandoning political agendas.

The Chinese top diplomat renewed his country's rejection of any unilateral step by any foreign party in Syria, noting that such steps violate the international law. He called on the international community to exert more effort to maintain the interests of the Syrian people and the rules of international law and relations in addition to the principles of justice.

Wang pointed out that speeding up the process of reconstruction in Syria guarantees achieving sustainable development, stressing that his country will support Syria in reconstruction and urging the international community to help the Syrian people surpass the repercussions of the terrorist war.

Hamda Mustafa