Al-Moallem stresses need to clear Middle East of WMDs, primarily Israeli WMDs
Sep 28, 2013 – (SANA) – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem met on Friday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sideline of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, discussing with him the latest developments in Syria.
Al-Moallem thanked Russia for its support for finding a political solution for the crisis in Syria, reiterating the Syrian government to participating in a positive manner in the Geneva conference and upholding its commitments as per the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), hoping that this effort would be the first step to clearing the Middle East of WMDs, primarily the Israeli WMDs.
For his part, Lavrov affirmed Russia’s support for a political solution for the crisis in Syria which preserves the country’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, stressing the need to protect the region and the world from terrorism which is affecting Syria.Lavrov also explained the contents of the resolution which the Security Council will vote on later on Monday, saying that this resolution fits with the position announced by President Bashar al-Assad on joining the CWC and finding a political solution via the Geneva conference.
Minister al-Moallem also met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and briefed him on the terrorism targeting the Syrian state and people and on the support the terrorists groups receive from well-known countries.
Al-Moallem expressed the gratitude of the Syrian government and people to China’s position in support of Syria in international circles, calling for bolstering relations between the two countries, particularly in light of current events in Syria.
In turn, Wang Yi underlined the strong relations between the two countries and their people, stressing that China’s policy regarding Syria is based on commitment to UN principles and goals and international law, saying that China strongly believes in finding a peaceful solution through the Geneva conference, and rejects interference in countries’ internal affairs or circumventing the Security Council to take unilateral steps.
He also welcomed Syria’s cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stressing the need for international investigators to be objective, neutral and professional.
Al-Moallem held a similar meeting with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra, discussing with him Arab and regional issues and briefing him on the Syrian government’s positions regarding chemical weapons, the Geneva conference, and the need to confront terrorism which threatens the entire region.
For his part, Lamamra affirmed Algeria’s commitment to the security and stability of Syria and the safety of its people, reiterating his country’s support for a political solution for the crisis in Syria.
The meetings were attended by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Hussam Eddin Ela, and Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari.
H. Sabbagh – SANA