Syrian Foreign Minister tells UN that the US-UK military alliance must withdraw from Syria


ADDRESSING the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem confirmed that the US-UK led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group was doing nothing of the sort.

Muallem described the US-UK organised military alliance as ‘illegitimate’ and censured the ‘hegemonic policies’ pursued by the US-UK and its allies as ‘working to destroy the country and its people’. He said that the US-led coalition was illegally conducting air strikes against the Syrian people without any authorisation from the Damascus government and without any UN mandate.

The US-UK military alliance had been targeting and killing civilians, while manufacturing poisoned gas incidents using the ‘White Helmets’. It was doing everything to overthrow the Syrian government while protecting Daesh in Idlib.

Muallem noted that thousands of displaced Syrians were returning home after government forces reclaimed previously Islamist held territories.

‘The Damascus government will spare no effort to provide basic commodities to refugees and ensure that their basic needs are met. Present conditions are condusive to voluntary repatriation of refugees,’ the top Syrian diplomat pointed out. He confirmed that the Syrian government is calling on its citizens who have fled the conflict in the country to return to the liberated areas.

Muallem added that while the Syrian government supported a political solution to the ongoing foreign-sponsored conflict, it was opposed to all initiatives that paved the way for foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs. He spelt out: ‘Syria welcomes reconstruction aid from countries not involved in the conflict. Those states which offer conditional aid are neither invited nor willing to assist.’

Muallem confirmed that the so-called White Helmets aid group was indeed affiliated to the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, and was set up by Britain’s secret intelligence service MI6 under a humanitarian guise.

Muallem then levelled strong criticism at neighbouring Turkey, stating that it had served as a ‘terror hub and corridor’ ever since the Syrian crisis began in March 2011.

Meanwhile, the Times of Israel has admitted that Russia’s delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missile defence systems to Damascus will pose a serious ‘challenge’ to the Israeli regime. It said that: ‘The S-300 is a complex challenge for… Israel. We are dealing with the decision in different ways, not necessarily by preventing shipment of the anti-aircraft systems.’

The official said Israel enjoyed US support and reserved the right to protect itself, without elaboration. ‘Russian President Vladimir Putin made a move, but it’s a big playing field and he understands that,’ the official said.

In other words, the Israeli regime is depending on President Putin to move to rescue Israel from the crisis of its own making. Russia intervened in Syria, and was welcomed in by the Syrian government, because of its fear that an Islamist victory in Syria would see the movements hordes transferred to the Caucasus for regime change there, in the same way that the overthrow of Gadaffi led to the Islamist onslaught against Syria.

Russian workers must see to it that Russia fully equips the Syrian armed forces with the S-300 missiles to end the US-UK-French-Israeli air attacks. They must also see to it that Russia gives its full support to the struggle to establish the Palestinian state and strengthens the Hezbollah and Huthi movements, and all liberation forces in the region.

The best way to do this is for the Russian workers to restore the USSR, by expropriating the oligarchs and not allowing them to return from the City of London, and replace the current attempt at parliamentary politics in Russia with the restoration of rule through workers soviets. This would really signify a massive leap forward for the working people of the world and their struggle to smash capitalism and imperialism.