DAMASCUS, Sept.28 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem said Saturday that the long-standing crisis in Syria could end within weeks if countries that support the rebels in Syria halted their support.
Moallem made the remarks during an interview with the Russia TV channel after the UN General Assembly session in New York, during which he said that as long the U.S., Europe and some Gulf countries are supporting the terrorist group, the crisis will continue.
On the other hand, if those countries halt their support and truly adopt the political solution, the crisis could end within weeks, he said.
"Many countries speak about supporting a political solution. This is important but this means that they need to be committed to stop their financing, their arming to the terrorist group. Especially neighboring countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar," he continued.
Regarding the Syrian government's decision to surrender its chemical arsenal, Moallem defended the decision as a free sovereign decision and said it wasn't out of fear of a U.S. military action.
"We are adopting this decision after consultation with Russia. And we are convinced that the Russian initiative at the end is a good initiative to open the door for political solution," he said.
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The legally binding resolution, passed unanimously on Friday, is based on a recent deal between Washington and Moscow, which aimed to achieve a chemical-weapon-free Syria in exchange for Damascus' immunity from a U.S. military punishment for its alleged use of chemical agents on civilians. Full story
DAMASCUS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, said a recent UN Security Council resolution on Syria's chemical weapons addressed the concerns of the Damascus government, the state-run SANA news agency reported Saturday.
Jaafari made the remarks in New York during a press conference after the Security Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution aimed at ridding war-torn Syria of chemical weapons. Full story