Minister Moallem Held Meetings in New York

NEW YORK, (ST)_ Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem met Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73).

According to SANA the talks during the meeting tackled developments related to the Idleb agreement, with al-Moallem stressing the need to adhere to it and implement it.

They also discussed forming a committee to discuss the current constitution, with both sides affirming that this process belongs to the Syrians and must be led by Syria.

Discussions also touched on bilateral relations and implementing agreements between the two countries, with the two ministers agreeing to continue consultations and coordination.

In a statement to journalists after the meetings, al-Moallem said that the Russian Defense Minister has stated that Syria will receive the S-300 systems within two weeks, hoping that this missile system will cover the Syrian airspace.

He voiced the Syrian government’s thanks to President Vladimir Putin for his efforts to reach an agreement on Idleb, noting that humanitarian corridors in Idleb are operational but terrorists are hindering the exit of civilians from the area.

Al-Moallem stressed that terrorists must leave Idleb, and that it must not be in the hands of foreigners.

In the same context, Minister al-Moallem met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, briefing him on the situation on the ground and on the political level in Syria, as well as the efforts that led to the Idleb agreement and the details of this agreement.

He said that large parts of Syria have become secure but the battle against terrorism is still long and requires uniting efforts to eliminate it, affirming that Syria is continuing to pursue a political solution that is devised and led by Syrians without foreign interference.

Al-Moallem noted that Syria has expressed its readiness to return displaced people, something which requires uniting the efforts of the international community, stressing the need to develop relations with China in all fiels.

In turn, Wang Yi reviewed his country’s efforts and role at the Security Council, stressing the need for finding a political solution based on commitment to Syria’s country’s independence, sovereignty, and unity.

He said that the way Syria’s leadership and people defended their country is an example for the peoples of the world in defending sovereignty and dignity.

The Minister affirmed that the two countries will continue coordination in the field of counter-terrorism, voicing satisfaction over the stability in Syria, affirming that China is prepared to participate in the reconstruction process, and thanking Syria for supporting his country’s Belt and Road Initiative.

 

 

Minister al-Moallem met later  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for talks  on the latest political and field developments in Syria, agreement on Idleb, and on the efforts exerted to form a committee on discussing the Constitution.

Guterres expressed hope for the return of security and stability to Syria and its regaining position as a main basis in the Arab world and region, stressing UN readiness to contribute to the exerted efforts for forming a committee on discussing the Constitution and working on providing humanitarian aid.

For his part, Minister al-Moallem said that the UN role is a facilitator in the political process which must be under the Syrian leadership and by the Syrian people only without any foreign interference.

 

Al-Moallem also met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as talks focused on the latest meetings of Guarantor States of Astana process, the implementation of Sochi Agreement on Idleb and the committee on discussing the Constitution.

The two sides agreed on continuous consultation, cooperation and coordination between them in a way that serves the interests of the two countries and peoples.

 

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem met Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73).

Al-Moallem reviewed the latest developments in Syria regarding counter-terrorism and the Idleb agreement, affirming that Syria is continuing to pursue a political solution that is devised and led by Syrians without foreign interference and that is based on respecting the country’s independence, sovereignty, and unity.

He also underlined the efforts of the Syrian government to secure the return of people displaced due to terrorism, noting that thousands have already returned from neighboring countries.

For her part, Swaraj congratulated Syria on its success in fighting terrorism, affirming that India will continue supporting Syria in this field and in finding a political solution.

She also said she will visit Syria at a date to be set by both sides soon in order to enhance bilateral relations and set up a framework for cooperation and coordination.

Earlier, Minister al-Moallem met Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Al Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed on the sidelines of 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73).

According to SANA, Minister al-Moallem briefed the two ministers on the latest developments of the situation in Syria regarding counterterrorism efforts and the agreement on Idleb.

Army achieves new advancement in al-Safa hills, Sweida Badyia

Sweida - Army units killed scores of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists including a number of snipers while advancing in the area of al-Safa hills, the last bastion of the Takfiri organization in the depth of Sweida eastern Badyia (desert).

SANA said that army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, engaged in fierce clashes with Daesh terrorists between the rocky cliffs in the direction of Qabir al-Sheikh Hussein in the area of al-Safa hills in parallel with conducting airstrikes and bombardments against positions and gatherings of terrorists in the area and its depth.

SANA added that army units established control over new areas of the cliffs that are full of caves and strategic positions used as fortifications by terrorists after killing many terrorists including a number of snipers, in addition to destroying their barricades, ammunition and machineguns.

Removing rubble from Yarmouk Camp continues

Damascus - The rubble removal in the Yarmouk Camp on the southern outskirts of Damascus continues as part of an integrated plan to rehabilitate what has been destroyed by the terrorist organizations.

Last May, the Syrian Arab Army defeated terrorist organizations from Yarmouk Camp.

The process of rehabilitating the Camp began soon after declaring it and the area of southern Damascus free of terrorism. The Syrian Arab Army engineers started dismantling the mines and booby traps planted earlier by the terrorists in the houses and streets before they were defeated.

More Families Return Home via Abu al-Dohour Corridor

Idleb-Tens of families returned to their villages and towns in the countryside of Idleb, Aleppo and Hama which were liberated from terrorism by the Syrian Arab Army via Abu al-Dohour corridor, according to SANA.

The families returned from the areas where the terrorist groups spread in Idleb countryside, according to SANA’s reporter.

Army thwarts infiltration attempt into military post in northern countryside of Hama

Hama  – An army unit directed blows to terrorist groups that attempted to infiltrate from al-Latamina line towards military posts centered at vicinity of al-Latamina town to the north of Hama city.

SANA pointed out that the army unit thwarted the attack towards the town which is considered the largest gathering of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

Army advances in depth of Sweida Badyia

Sweida - Units of Syrian Arab Army restored control over large strategic areas in the rocky cliffs of al-Safa hills area in the depth of Sweida Badyia (desert).

SANA said that army units regained fire control over the area of Qabar al-Sheikh Hasan from the western, northwestern and southwestern sides of al-Safa hills in parallel with restoring a number of areas in Ard Qa’a al-Banat area after fierce clashes with Daesh (ISIS) terrorists.

Scores of Daesh terrorists were killed due to the army’s tactical operation in the area, according to SANA.

SANA added that army units continued chasing Daesh in the area of al-Safa hills and tightening noose on their remnants.

Tens of families return to their homes in countryside of Hama, Idleb and Aleppo

Idleb - Tens of families returned to their villages and towns in the countryside of Idleb, Aleppo and Hama which were liberated from terrorism by the Syrian Arab Army.

SANA said that the families returned from the areas where the terrorist groups spread in Idleb countryside via Abu al-Dohor corridor.

SANA added that the authorities provided the returnees with all their basic needs and services as a part of the government efforts to return the displaced by terrorism to their areas.