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President al-Assad receives Shamkhani

~ President Bashar al-Assad: “Combating terrorism cannot be carried out by states that contributed to establishing terrorist organizations, provided them with logistic and material support, and spread terrorism around the world”.

~ Damascus01/10/2014 – President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday received Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani and the accompanying delegation.

Talks during the meeting touched on the strong relations between Syria and Iran and the importance of maintaining and bolstering the standing strategic cooperation between them, as this cooperation forms the basis for defending the interests of the people of the two countries and the entire region and confronting the challenges facing it, first among which is the menace of the spread of Takfiri terrorism, which now threatens all countries near and far.

The two sides asserted that combating terrorism must be carried out according to international law, and that success in this regard requires unifying the efforts of the international community and cooperating with the countries in the region that are waging a war against this looming threat.

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They also affirmed that combating terrorism requires abandoning the policies of double standards that are still being employed by the West and particularly by the United States, as these policies seek to implement covert agendas that do not serve the interests of the region’s people.

President al-Assad stressed that confronting the Takfiri extremist mentality spread by terrorists and nurtured by some countries in the region is no less important than fighting the terrorists who commit acts of murder, wreak havoc, and destroy the historic and cultural heritage of people wherever they go.

“Combating terrorism cannot be carried out by states that contributed to establishing terrorist organizations, provided them with logistic and material support, and spread terrorism around the world,” President al-Assad added.

For his part, Shamkhani reiterated Iran’s firm support for Syria and its people in their war on terrorism, expressing his country’s rejection of anything that threatens the unity and territorial integrity of Syria or violates its national sovereignty.

In the same context, Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi discussed with Shamkhani the prospects of bilateral cooperation in various economic and commercial fields to alleviate the effects of the unjust economic embargo imposed on the Syrian people.

Premier al-Halaqi stressed the need to actualize the Iranian credit line to facilitate the flow of Iranian goods into Syrian markets and provide these markets’ needs in terms of supplies, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals.

He also called on Iranian companies to invest and establish development projects in Syria.

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Ali Shamkhani: “Iran rejects any foreign intervention in the affairs of region”

Shamkhani affirmed that his country rejects any foreign intervention in the region’s affairs, describing the airstrikes of the international coalition as illogical and unacceptable acts which violate the states’ sovereignty.

“The international coalition to combat terrorism has no legitimacy as it had facilitated the political space for the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (Isis) terrorist organization to work through,” Shamkhani said at a press conference , pointing out that the process of the coalition is “amputated.”

He added that Syria and Iran have agreed to reject the coalition’s intervention, affirming that his meeting with President Bashar al-Assad has lasted for three hours, during which “an expanded reading on the situation in the region has been done.”

Shamkhani said the two sides agreed that there are not different visions in this regard and they had joint attitudes on the events in the region.

On Iran’s stance in case the coalition held an aggression on sites for the Syrian Army or it established “a buffer zone”, Shamkhani affirmed that Iran would continue its work it has been doing during 3 years, and it will take an appropriate stance when this supposition takes place.

Shamkhani said Iran refused to take part in the so-called “international coalition” against terrorism because it is a media propaganda aimed at distorting the will of the peoples that want to fight terrorism.

He stressed that Iran supports security and stability in Syria and Lebanon and this issue is of top priority for Tehran, adding that the scheme against Syria has hit a dead end.

On whether the former chairman of the “Opposition Coalition” has contacted the Iranian government to make an initiative that leads to a political solution in Syria, Shamkhani said that any side can ask for opening channels with the Syrian government through Iran, but it is the Syrian government and people alone who decide the destiny of Syria.

He highlighted that the peoples of the region have been firm in fighting terrorism at a time when the West has moved only when a western journalist was slaughtered.

Shamkhani said the issue of countering terrorism is not very complicated or difficult, adding that the Zionist Entity is the source of terrorism in the region, and thus, the side that wants to counter terrorism should know where to move.

The Iranian top official said Tehran has been supporting Syria for more than 3 years and will continue providing this support, adding that Iran believes that the peoples of the region will determine its future, not the powers that came from abroad.
(SANA/Hazem Sabbagh/ M.Nasr/Mazen)

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Al-Jaafari: “Syria supports any sincere effort to combat terrorism if it preserves lives of civilians and respects its sovereignty and int’l pacts”

New York01/10/2014 – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that Syria supports any sincere international or regional effort for combating terrorism, adding that any such effort should be based on the resolutions of the international legitimacy.

In an interview with Russia Today TV channel, al-Jaafari affirmed that the Syrian government must be partner in any counterterrorism effort as well as the Iraqi government, Russia and China, “otherwise, what does it mean to be an international alliance?”

He called for benefiting from Russia’s experience in combating terrorism since it was once a victim of terrorism, noting that Russia’s reading of the situation since the beginning of the crisis in Syria has been “correct and deep” and based on experience as Russia recognized that there is terrorism in Syria and that the terrorist organizations must not be presented as “peaceful opposition” or “national opposition”.

“There is complete coordination between Damascus and Moscow on all levels,” al-Jaafari stressed.

While saying that the US conduct apparently indicates that they target the positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, al-Jaafari however noted that the experience of the US policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and the recent acknowledgment of US President Barack Obama that the U.S. intelligence has not been familiar enough with the reality of the terrorism in Syria and Iraq raise questions.

Answering a question on whether there is coordination with Syria with regard to the airstrikes of the “international alliance”, al-Jaafari said “There is no coordination with the Syrian army or government despite the fact that coordination was our demand and that of our friends…Yet, they informed us before the first airstrike took place in three ways.”

Syria’s response, he added, was that it “supports any sincere and honest international effort to combat terrorism providing that it would preserve the lives of civilians and respect Syria’s sovereignty and the international pacts.”

He lashed out at Turkey for being “a main accomplice” in the terrorism inflicted upon Syria, questioning “How could Turkey call for establishing a buffer zone to protect civilians as it claims, while at the same time it prevents the Syrian Kurds from crossing the border into its territories to escape ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra?”

He stressed that Turkey doesn’t have credibility in combating terrorism since it was the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan which has brought terrorists from all around the world and allowed them to enter Syria.

Al-Jaafari affirmed that the Syrian Arab Army is able to “eliminate the phenomenon of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in three months not three years if Erdogan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar stop their support to terrorism.”

The Syrian Ambassador hailed the UN General Assembly’s latest session as “more successful” than the one that preceded it in terms of the meetings which the Foreign Minister held with his counterparts, “as we held dozens of meetings, and everyone was open to know what is going on in Syria and to frankly support the stance of the Syrian government.”

He struck a confident note when he said that many of the decision-makers in the world who sat with the Syrian delegation and listened to it admitted that what Syria has been saying is true regarding the presence of terrorism “that has reached the strongholds of its supporters.”

“Syria is not alone and it has a lot of friends and allies,” al-Jaafari said, citing the stances of some presidents of the Council’s member states, including those of Argentina and Venezuela, who refuted the West’s claims about terrorism.

He demanded that the UN Security Council support the efforts of the Syrian government in combating terrorism, slamming the Council for instead of working to preserve the international security and peace, “it has started to undermine them as many of its members seek to carry out their own agendas which serve their interests at the expense of the rules of the UN Charter.”

“When the Security Council adopts a resolution on combating terrorism, we expects it to at least follow up on the implementation of the resolution,” al-Jaafari said, affirming that if the Council ensures the implementation of its latest resolutions 2170 and 2178, the Syrian army is able eliminate ISIS and the other terrorist organizations within three months.
(SANA/Ruaa al-Jazaeri/Hala Zain/Haifa Said)

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