Syria Urges US, UK, France to Start Fighting Terrorism Instead of Interfering
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Countries supporting Syrian opposition militant groups, namely the US, the UK, France and "several states in the Middle East," should stop interfering in Syria's internal affairs and join the fight against terrorism, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Monday.
According to Mekdad, the priority for Damascus is the fight against radical groups "that are supported by the United States, the United Kingdom, France and several states in the Middle East region", Sputnik reported.
"Now we should focus our diplomatic efforts on finding a solution to this problem. The countries interested in [maintaining] the crisis in Syria must stop meddling in its internal affairs and must cooperate in combating terrorism," Mekdad said, as quoted by the SANA news agency.
Mekdad urged the international community to pressure countries that "support, finance and arm militias in Syria, Iraq and the Middle East in general".
He also emphasized the necessity to address the ideas of Takfirism, which "are the source of terrorism in the region," and pointed at "the importance of mobilizing efforts of the international community in combating this evil".
Mekdad added that the level of cooperation between Damascus and Tehran on the issue of fighting terrorism is high and the relations between the countries are strong.
Earlier this month, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that terrorists operating in Syria are supported by Western states, including France and the United Kingdom.