Source: China State Council Information Office
The United States and Turkey, who are maintaining an illegal military presence in Northern Syria, to the violation of international law and the UN Charter, should withdraw from the land, Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, said on Saturday.
Speaking at the General Debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Al-Moualem said, “They (the United States and Turkey) have been so arrogant to the point of holding discussions and reaching agreements on the creation of a so-called ‘safe zone’ inside Syria, as if they were planning to establish this zone on American or Turkish soil!”
“Any foreign forces operating in our territories without our authorization are occupying forces and must withdraw immediately,” the Syrian official said, adding that “if they refuse, we have the right to take any and all counter measures authorized under international law.”
“The prospects of war far exceed those of peace. The fate of a balanced global economy has become uncertain. Violations of international conventions and treaties have become the norm, while the unbridled use of illegal measures under international law, such as supporting terrorism and imposing economic embargo, have gotten out of hand,” Al-Moualem said.
Terrorism remains one of the main threats to international peace and security and a danger to all without exception, despite the extraordinary achievements made in Syria thanks to the sacrifices and heroism of the Syrian Arab Army and the support of our allies and friends, he said.
“We believe that the security and stability of the Gulf can only be achieved through cooperation and dialogue among the countries of that region, without any external interference that might increase escalation in the region and run counter to the interests of the people of the Gulf,” the official said.