Syria’s foreign minister said Saturday that his country faces widespread terrorism from mercenaries and international forces including Israel and the U.S., but is determined to move toward peace.
During the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem’s said in his address that the Syrian government “is making great strides in its war against terrorism" and was committed to backing a U.N.-backed peace process with a solution “based on the respect of Syria.”
He accused the U.S. and its coalition of allies fighting in Syrian s being “complicit” with terrorist organizations, including Islamic State Group militants.
"Some countries continue to shed crocodile tears over the situation of Syrians in some areas, accusing the Syrian government of employing a policy of sieges and starvation," said Moualem, who also condemned recent deadly airstrikes by U.S. forces.
Moualem stressed that these countries remained complicit in the conflict by supplying arms and preventing humanitarian aid, adding that they continue to politicize the suffering of the Syrian people and “are exploiting the humanitarian tragedy.”
“Syria Faces mercenary terrorists but years ago faces other terrorists … The terrorism of Israel,” said Al-Moualem, adding that Israel is a destabilizing force in the region and was particularly dangerous with its arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Moualem called on the international community to condemn Israel and end its “oppressive and aggressive practices,” which are particularly detrimental to Syrians and Palestinians.
As Moualem spoke, the Syrian army continued its Russian-backed offensive around the devastated city of Aleppo, all but ending the multilateral cease-fire endorsed by the U.S.
More than 250,000 civilians are estimated to be trapped in Aleppo during recent fighting and the U.N. estimated that around 1.75 million people are without water in the city. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, with millions left homeless and displaced.
"Our belief in victory is even greater now that the Syrian Arab Army is making great strides in its war against terrorism, with the support of the true friends of the Syrian people, notably the Russian Federation, Iran, and the Lebanese national resistance," Moualem said.
Moualem gave his support for Cuba against the continuing economic blockade at the hands of the U.S., and gave support to Venezuela, which is also suffering economic sanctions.