DAMASCUS, (ST)- Forming the so-called "Doha Council" is a declaration of war on Syria as it rejects dialogue or any political solution to the crisis and calls for military foreign intervention in Syria, Information Minister Omran al-Zou'bi has stressed.
In an interview with the "al-Alam Channel", al-Zou'bi underscored that the statement, issued by the so-called "Doha Council" following a meeting for Syrian "opposition bodies" in the Qatari capital, has opposed every peaceful initiative to end the unrest in the country, rejected dialogue and ignored the Geneva Statement and Annan Initiative. It has also called for arming the opposition and providing every possible support from abroad.
Al-Zou'bi pointed out that France's adoption of the so-called "Doha Council" adds no new political value, stressing the French regime's involvement together with Turkey and Qatar in supporting terrorism in Syria.
"The failure of the first stage of the aggressive scheme to bring foreign military intervention in Syria pushed the scheme's parties to try to get political gains through prolonging the crisis in the country," the minister said.
He referred to the difference between the American and French stances towards the Syrian issue, pointing out that the "Americans seem to be more realistic in understanding that the first stage of the scheme was foiled, but this doesn't mean that the US stance is good."
Al-Zou'bi reiterated that the so-called "Doha Council" is a reproduction of the "Istanbul Council" in terms of structure, essence, policy and the supporting parties.
"It is nothing but an attempt to present the same opposition persons and bodies in a new combination, due to the failure of "Istanbul Council" in bringing foreign military intervention to Syria."
The Information Minister pointed out that the "Doha Council" doesn’t reflect the Syrians' way of thinking because the Syrians are against armament, killing, violence or destruction, noting that statements of support made by some countries are only political terms with no legal ground.
He stressed that the Syrian "opposition" has lost its free independent will to accept or reject the dialogue when they allowed others to use them as tools for financial, security or political reasons. 'This makes the idea of dialogue with these "opposition" parties impossible, because they want us to make this dialogue with Qatari, Turkish and French sides without themselves being part in this dialogue"
The Information Minister said that "there isn't any kind of communication with America, France or Qatar and we won't hold dialogue with non-Syrian parties on our national issues, particularly the internal issues. It is a matter of sovereignty"
He said that if the countries which claim their keenness to end the crisis in Syria have real good will, they can stop arming and funding terrorists and mercenaries. They can also stop their incitement policy and close their borders before the terrorists to put an end to terrorists' infiltration into Syria.
"Dialogue with armed groups and terrorists is refused as dialogue is usually made with politicians and national political and social forces," the minister said.
Al-Zou'bi stressed that most terrorists has infiltrated into Syria across the Turkish borders with the help of the Turkish government and extremist religious groups.
He pointed out that some Western parties have changed their stances towards the Syrian crisis, but this change isn't enough, noting that some Western states are gambling with the future and security of their peoples in a reference to Turkey which has been turned into a fertile soil for terrorists.
On the Palestinian Cause, the Information Minister confirmed Syria's principled and firm stance towards the Palestinian people's cause, stressing that it’s the central cause of the Syrian state and people regardless of the stances adopted by some Palestinian factions in the occupied Palestinian territories or any other place.
"The Syrian government was the first Arab country to condemn the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip and urged the international community to shoulder its responsibility and stop this aggression," al-Zou'bi said.
He added the armed terrorist groups in Syria are trying to get the Palestinians involved in the Syrian crisis through entering the areas where their live, attacking them and shelling their houses thinking that this will widen the crisis and get the Syrian state involved in a kind of confrontation with the Palestinians.
He stressed that the Palestinians living in Syria trust the Syria Arab Army who sacrificed a lot in support for the Palestinian cause.
Regarding the Syrian-Iranian ties, al-Zou'bi stressed they are "strategic and deeply-rooted based on the right of self-determination and sovereignty. He added both countries reject hegemony projects and refuse to surrender to the United States' will, and this bother the U.S. and its allies in the region."
He pointed out that many financial, political, security and economic offers were put forward to Syria from European and Gulf countries to give up its relations with Iran, but Syria refused.
He stressed that Iran's stance towards the Syrian crisis is moderate. The Iranian government calls for holding consultation and dialogue among all Syrian parties to solve the crisis.