September 29, 2013
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem said Saturday that the
long-standing crisis in Syria could end within weeks if countries that
support the rebels in Syria halted their support.
Moallem made the remarks during an interview with the Russia TV
channel after the UN General Assembly session in New York, during which
he said that as long the U.S., Europe and some Gulf countries are
supporting the terrorist group, the crisis will continue.
On the other hand, if those countries halt their support and truly
adopt the political solution, the crisis could end within weeks, he
“Many countries speak about supporting a political solution. This is
important but this means that they need to be committed to stop their
financing, their arming to the terrorist group. Especially neighboring
countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” he continued.
Regarding the Syrian government’s decision to surrender its chemical
arsenal, Moallem defended the decision as a free sovereign decision and
said it wasn’t out of fear of a U.S. military action.
“We are adopting this decision after consultation with Russia. And we
are convinced that the Russian initiative at the end is a good
initiative to open the door for political solution,” he said.