Syria calls on US, French, Turkish forces to withdraw immediately
War on terror is almost over and ‘occupying forces’ must withdraw immediately without any conditions: Moualem
UNITED NATIONS: Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday denounced US, French and turkish forces operating in his country as “occupying forces” and demanded that they leave immediately.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem, who serves as well as Syria’s deputy prime minister, also called on Syrian refugees to come home, even though the country’s war is now in its eighth year.
Moualem said the foreign forces were on Syrian soil illegally, under the pretext of ighting terrorism, and “will be dealt with accordingly.”
“They must withdraw immediately and without any conditions,” he told the assembly.
Moualem insisted that the “war on terror is almost over” in Syria, where more than 360,000 people have died since 2011, with millions more uprooted from their homes.
He said Damascus would continue “ighting this sacred battle until we purge all Syrian territories” of both terror groups and “any illegal foreign presence.”
The united states has some 2,000 troops in Syria, mainly training and advising both Kurdish forces and Syrian Arabs opposed to President Bashar Al Assad.
France has more than 1,000 troops on the ground in the war-wracked country.
On the issue of refugees, Moualem said the conditions were ine for them to return, and he blamed the international community for “spreading irrational fears” that prompted refugees to stay away.
“We have called upon the international community and humanitarian organisations to facilitate these returns,” he said. “They are politicising what should be a purely humanitarian issue.”
Walid Al Moualem addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday.