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DAMASCUS – Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said that the victories claimed by some media outlets of the armed terrorist groups are “baseless and imaginary victories,”
In an interview on the Lebanese al-Manar TV on Monday, Minister al-Zoubi said that there are clashes in specific areas in Damascus Countryside and attempts by the terrorist organizations to achieve any kind of progress, adding that the life is normal in Damascus.
Al-Zoubi added that these terrorist groups are extremist Takfiri organizations, stressing that “When the US places Jabhat al-Nusra on the international terrorist organizations’ list, that is because it realizes the nature of these groups which are fighting the Syrian Armed Forces,”
He highlighted that Syria realizes the nature of the confront with the enemy plot and is working on protecting the state institutions and infrastructure.
He pointed out that the suffering of the Syrians in securing some materials is caused by the acts of the terrorist groups which are attacking the vehicles transporting wheat, petroleum and other goods.
He noted that the terrorist bombings in residential areas aim at terrorizing people, embarrassing the security and military system and alluding the public opinion to the idea that they can do whatever they want whenever they want, adding that these acts are part of media and military policy for those sides.
Al-Zoubi said that the US-western repeated talks on the chemical weapons in Syria are caused by their inability to achieve any progress on the ground, “Syria doesn’t own any internationally-banned weapons, whether chemical, nuclear or biological”, he stressed, adding that “Even if Syria possessed such weapons, it will not use them for moral reasons,”
“Statements on this topic resemble those issued against Iraq and other countries. We don’t ignore any possibility, including the Iraqi scenario. The world can’t bear the consequences of such risk. The western countries should realize that Syria isn’t a simple or easy country. Damascus has friends and there are regional and international balances,”
Minister al-Zoubi added that there are intelligence agencies operating on the Syrian soil since the beginning of the crisis, embodied in the existence of advanced equipment and technologies among the terrorist groups and in high-tech sabotage acts committed by the terrorists.
He considered the Turkish talks on Syrian threats against Turkey as naive, adding that Syria never threatened, attacked or interfered in any neighboring countries’ affairs.
“Deployment of the Patriot missiles doesn’t target Syria only, it is part of radars and early warning systems established by the US with cooperation with the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. These systems target Iran, Syria, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt and other countries,” he noted.
Minister al-Zoubi stressed that the USA sat at the table with Russia when it felt that its project is falling, adding that “Yet, the dialogue between the two sides is positive if the talks are based on respecting the Syrian independency and as long as the talks will lead to a political process based on supporting the national dialogue,”
Al-Zoubi stressed the need to adhering to Geneva statement and the initiative of the former UN envoy Kofi Annan, that are based on respecting national independence and not meddling in the countries’ internal affairs.
Al-Zoubi added that the Syrians, who brought President Bashar al-Assad to power through ballots, are the only side to determine how and who to rule.
He said that the political leadership has been saying, right from the beginning of the crisis, that the destiny of the leadership is determined only by the people.
Minister al-Zoubi said Russia’s stance towards Syria is “firm, not contradicted, rather clear and frank” as it shows keenness on the interest of Syrian state and people.
” Russia also rejects any foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs, mainly in a sovereign issue and calls for the necessity of unifying efforts to support a political process based on dialogue, the participation of all Syrian sides without exception and halting violence, ” he added.
Minister al-Zoubi said “Doha coalition is a political gathering that has been already existed and reproduced and its members are the same who had formed Istanbul Council.
He added that the Syrian opposition abroad, including Doha coalition don’t behave in Syria’s interest because pursuing the path of violence, rejecting dialogue and adopting foreign agendas mean that the opposition has no political project.
The Minister underlined that the formation of the so-called military councils for the armed groups will only lead to more violence, killing and destruction.
He pointed out that Syria has well-documented information that confirm that Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front) encompasses several armed groups with different names, asserting that the US inclusion of the Front in its international list of terrorist organizations is not enough and doesn’t reflect the US commitment to the UN Security Council’s resolutions on combating terrorism.
“Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government directly, openly and flagrantly violates its international obligations regarding cooperation in combating terrorism,” Minister al-Zoubi said, calling on the international community and the UN to put pressure on all countries to commit to combating terrorism.
The information minister said it is regrettable to talk about the self-dissociation policy and at the same time dividing this policy with respect to options of all states and governments.” self-dissociation policy is not an option of the Lebanese government in terms of its ministers only, but is supposed to be the option of Lebanon as a whole because the government is the side who leads the Lebanese state,”
Minister al-Zoubi asserted that some leaders and figures in the Lebanese Future party are responsible for smuggling weapons to the armed terrorist groups in Syria, recruiting fighters and financing these groups which violate the agreements signed between Syria and Lebanon on all levels and breach the rules of the international law.