Syria facing US-led international conspiracy, says Foreign Minister MualleM
The Syrian foreign minister says his country would, under no circumstances, brook violation of its territorial integrity, emphasizing that Syria is facing a US-led international conspiracy.
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Interviewed by the bureau chief of Iran’s Press TV and Al-Alam television networks in Syria, Hosein Mortada, the Syrian top diplomat Walid al-Muallem spoke of his country’s strategic relations with Iran and noted that the Islamic Republic and Hezbollah had assisted his country in the face of Takfiri terrorism. He also accused some regional countries and the United States of adopting a dual policy vis-à-vis terrorism and said the supporters of Takfiri terrorism were now paying the price of conspiracies.
What follows is the transcript of the interview with the Syrian foreign minister.
Press TV: How do you assess the current developments? What new things have the Moscow talks offered?
Muallem: First, I would like to felicitate the Leader of Iran, Imam Ali Khamenei, on the occasion of the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution; a development that revolutionized the situation in the region and turned Iran into an influential regional country.
We are facing an international conspiracy, led by the United States, which is entering the fifth year and is being sustained by the European Union and regional countries, like Turkey, and Arab countries, like some of the members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council. The conspiracy has targeted Syria’s position of resistance against aggressive Zionist plans and the United States’ hegemony, whose priority in the region is to serve the Zionists’ security interests. The Zionist regime is above all regional developments. Zionist war minister Moshe Ya’alon speaks of the regime’s cooperation with the [al-Qaeda-affiliated] al-Nusra Front and does not consider Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group), Tel Aviv’s enemy. And this regime practically provides logistical and military support to al-Nusra.
Press TV: How does Syria view Israel’s provision of assistance, especially in the suburbs of Quneitra, to the country’s enemies? Does it not consider Tel Aviv to be its open enemy?
Muallem: As I said, one of the goals of this conspiracy is to deliver blow to Syria due to its position vis-à-vis the Zionist regime. What Israel is trying to enact in Syria, it did in southern Lebanon and was defeated due to Lebanese Islamic resistance. I consider this policy to be futile since the recurrent creation of security cordon in the Golan front has been met with defeat. We have witnessed an instance of national resistance on the part of the people of Golan, which has opposed such plans.
Press TV: Does the national resistance front against Israel and terrorists practically exist in Golan? Has it started its operations or will it do so in the future?
Muallem: Yes, it does exist. And if it has not started staging resistance so far, it will [eventually] do so. The Syrian army, on the one side, and the national resistance, on the other, attempt to stage resistance in the face of al-Nusra Front and Israel.
Press TV: Given what is said about the Syrian government’s not having taken any steps toward creation of a solution to end the country’s crisis, what is your take on the United Nations’ plans and its envoys?
Muallem: First, I should note that the Geneva I and II talks were not negotiation between Syrian groups, but one between the representatives of the Syrian government and those of 35 countries backing the so-called Syrian opposition coalition. This means that the oppositionists could not either accept or reject anything without consulting those countries. Is it sensible to believe that a Syrian be given a plan for the preservation of the country’s unity, sovereignty, and independence and reject it? Opposition representatives turned down the plan at the behest of Robert Ford.
They had speculated that the government representatives would go to Geneva to transfer power to them, but had their hopes dashed. At the Montreux conference, 50 countries gathered, but the product was against their expectation. By going to Geneva, we meant to meet with the countries backing the so-called opposition coalition.
Press TV: Has the Geneva conference come to an end?
Muallem: At first, I should note that there is difference between the Geneva conference and Geneva Communiqué. The communiqué was drawn up in 2012 when none of the Syrians were present. The document, however, contains provisions, which should be reviewed, especially in the aftermath of the emergence of the Daesh and al-Nusra terrorist groups and the subsided battleground presence of the so-called Free Syrian army. In addition, all the document’s provisions point to agreement, meaning the decision to implement every provision should be taken in coordination with all the concerned parties. Hence, the communiqué is in need of revision in the light of the priorities of the fight against terrorism. Regarding the international envoys, I should note that none managed to persuade the countries conspiring against Syria, like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey, to stop sending terrorists and providing financial assistance and training for terrorist groups. Instead, more terrorists come to Syria from the north and south every day. Furthermore, the Resolution 2178 on fighting terrorism, which the UN Security Council adopted, did not manage to bind countries to implementing it and eradicating the sources of terrorism either. Instead, the US flouted the resolution under the pretext of training and arming the so-called moderate opposition and this is why more terrorists will come to Syria. Therefore, if the international envoy lacks the support of the Security Council and its permanent members, his/her mission will only remain abstract.
Press TV: What is the Syrian government’s view on the US seriousness in fighting ISIL terrorists and supporting the moderate opposition? How much does it trust these claims?
Muallem: When Israel says it faces no threat from Daesh, this is a message for the US. The question surfacing here is how the Daesh terrorist group was established and developed? Did they parachute into Syria or entered the country as the US was in the know?
The US had speculated that, at the beginning of the creation of the al-Nusra Front and Daesh, which both emanate from al-Qeada, it can overthrow the Syrian establishment. Accordingly, it stayed silent. But when the two groups exited the ambit of the US influence and damaged its interests in Erbil, rushed to confronting them and called them terrorist groups, exactly like the Bin Laden experience in Afghanistan.
Given the new technologies, is it logical to accept that the US aircraft mistakenly airdrop arms, ammunition, food, and drug consignments for the Daesh terrorists and that this mistake keeps recurring? Hence, I declare here that the Daesh would not be eradicated through airstrikes, but through ground warfare and aerial support, the exact thing that the Iraqi and Syrian armies are doing. The difference is that Iraq is just fighting Daesh, but the Syrian army is simultaneously fighting Daesh, al-Nusra Front, and more than 70 other terrorist groups.