Syria and Russia: Washington Keeps Stealing the national resources of the Syrian people

MOSCOW, (ST)- The Syrian and Russian Coordination Committees on the Return of the Displaced Syrians have affirmed that the United States and its allies continue their destructive interference in Syria's internal affairs, pointing out that Washington keeps stealing the national resources of the Syrian people and directly impede the recovery of Syria's economy.

In a joint statement at the conclusion of a video conference, the two committees called on the United Nations to pressure the United States so as to withdraw its forces from the Syrian al-Tanf area in Homs countryside, to end the catastrophe of the displaced Syrians trapped in al-Rukban Camp near the Syrian-Jordanian borders and to facilitate their return to their areas which have been liberated from terrorism.

 The committees said that the efforts exerted by the Syrian state and Russia have helped hundreds of thousands of displaced people return to their liberated areas and they contributed to rendering health and education services to the returnees.

The committees' statement pointed out that the Syrian state in coordination with international humanitarian organizations continue to provide assistance to the residents of the al-Hawl camp in Hasaka countryside where they have been suffering very difficult humanitarian conditions. The statement indicated that tens of thousands of children are left in this camp without any kind of care. They are vulnerable to extremism and need to be saved from this suffering.

Those children are suffering while the United States and its allies keep interfering in Syria's internal affairs, looting the national resources of the Syrian people and hindering the recovery of the Syrian economy, according to the statement.

The statement condemned the US attempts to foil the intensive efforts being exerted by Syria and Russia to help the internally and externally displaced Syrians return to their areas.

US looting Syria under pretext of securing oil fields

During the joint video conference, senior Russian defense official Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said the United States has been pillaging Syria under the pretext of securing its oil fields and it has been funneling the ill-gotten money to anti-government forces.

"A number of US troops had been sent back to positions east of the Euphrates River allegedly to protect oil rigs when in fact they are looting hydrocarbons for profit and with the goal of funding anti-government forces", he said, according to Sputnik news agency.

He pointed out that US plundering deprived the Syrian people of their national wealth and prevented the economy from rebounding.

On his part, Syria's Minister of Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf reviewed the procedures adopted by the Syrian government to guarantee a safe and voluntary return of the displaced Syrians and to provide them with all requirements of dignified life. He stressed that work continues at an accelerated pace in order to facilitate the return of the displaced Syrians, according to SANA.

Hamda Mustafa