Syria de­mands with­drawal of all Amer­i­can, Turk­ish forces

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

UNITED NA­TIONS — Syria’s top diplo­mat on Satur­day de­manded the im­me­di­ate with­drawal of Amer­i­can and Turk­ish forces from the coun­try and said his govern­ment re­serves the right to de­fend its ter­ri­tory in any way nec­es­sary if they re­main.

For­eign Min­is­ter Walid al-Moallem’s re­marks to the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly were made as Turkey and the United States press ahead with a deal to cre­ate a safe zone along Syria’s bor­der with Turkey.

On the po­lit­i­cal front, he reaf­firmed the govern­ment’s sup­port for the re­cently agreed com­mit­tee to draft a new con­sti­tu­tion for the coun­try. As has been the govern­ment’s tone since the start of the 2011 up­ris­ing in Syria, the for­eign min­is­ter took a hard line, stress­ing there must be no in­ter­fer­ence from any coun­try or time­line imposed on the process.

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