News ID: 320315
Published: 0303 GMT February 26, 2022

Foreign forces’ presence facilitates terrorism in Syria: Envoy

Foreign forces’ presence facilitates terrorism in Syria: Envoy

Iran’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations condemned the continued presence of foreign forces in Syria as a means of facilitation of terrorist activities across the country.

“Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be significantly violated by the unlawful presence of foreign forces, including those of the United States,” Majid Takht-Ravanchi told a UN Security Council session about Syria.

“The illegal presence of foreign forces in parts of Syria, which has provided favorable conditions for terrorist activities in Syria, must end immediately,” he added, Press TV reported.

The US and its allies deployed forces to Syria in 2014 under the pretext of fighting the Daesh terrorist group.

The American military interference, however, was surprisingly slow in confronting the terrorist outfit, despite the sheer size of the coalition that had enlisted scores of US-allied countries.

Numerous reports and regional officials, meanwhile, pointed to the US role in transferring Daesh elements throughout the region and even airlifting supplies to the terror group.

Takht-Ravanchi likewise drew attention to “the free movement of terrorist groups, including ISIS (Daesh), in Syria’s territory, where foreign forces are illegally present, as well as their transfer to other countries,” noting how this “endangers regional and international peace and security.”

The ambassador also condemned the Israeli regime’s recurrent strikes against the Syrian territory, saying the attacks had recently been “targeting civilians and civilian infrastructures,” noting how this “constitutes flagrant violations of international humanitarian law.”

Israel mostly keeps quiet about its air raids on Syrian territory, which many view as a knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s success in confronting terrorism.

Israel is believed to have been a key supporter of terrorist groups that have opposed the government of President Bashar al-Assad since foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria in March 2011.


West hindering Syria's reconstruction

Meanwhile, Syria’s permanent representative to the UN blasted the United States and the European Union for hampering his government’s efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in the country, saying the nation continues to suffer under the West’s measures.

“The suffering of the Syrian people continues as a result of the practices of Western countries whose interests and agendas have prevailed over the lives of Syrians and the security and stability of the region,” Bassam al-Sabbagh told a UN Security Council briefing on the political and humanitarian situation in Syria on Friday.

“Improving the humanitarian situation requires lifting illegitimate coercive measures, ending foreign occupation of Syrian lands, and halting support for terrorist organizations and separatist militias.”

The government, he said, is trying to rebuild what terrorism has destroyed in Syria, return the country to the path of sustainable development and ensure the return of the displaced to their homeland.

However, he added, such endeavors are being met with major obstacles due to the wrong policies adopted by Western states and their blatant violations of international law and the UN Charter.

“The unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States and the European Union have impacted the banking, energy and communications sectors, as well as those of land, sea, air and maritime transportation. They have also impacted the work of the United Nations and other international organizations operating in Syria,” the ambassador noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Sabbagh estimated that Syria used to produce 2.5 million tons of wheat before the war, but now it has to import 1.5 million tons, instead, because the American forces and its allied militants have taken control of the country’s wheat production.

Syria is deficient in electricity generation because the US occupation forces are looting oil and gas, he said. The medical services sector, along with the pharmaceutical industry, is experiencing the repercussions of an embargo that deprives Syrians of their right to health care.

The Syrian envoy further criticized Turkey for violating the bilateral agreements governing the water of the Euphrates River and hindering the passage of Syria-bound humanitarian aid. 

“The current political approach must be changed and talks should be undertaken to achieve the interests of the Syrian people and to end the Turkish, American and Israeli occupation of Syrian territories,” he emphasized.

Sabbagh also expressed Damascus’s commitment to a political solution based on an intra-Syrian dialogue that respects the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.



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