Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Minister Walid Al-Moallem addressed the 71st UN General Assembly in a frank address aimed at righting the misrepresentation of the war in and against Syria.
Al-Moallem noted that terrorism, an issue that had repeatedly been discussed at the UN General Assembly, has continued to grow and to cause death and destruction as it rages unabated across the world.
Al-Moallem noted that the blood of Syrians was not enough to quench terrorisms blood thirst and that it had spilled the blood of citizens of many other countries as well. He stressed that this also was true about the blood of citizens in those countries who have supported and sponsored terrorism. He stressed that it is innocent people who are now paying for the mistakes of their governments. He stressed that supporting terrorism was a shortsighted policy.
Al-Moallem stressed that Syrian people, for five years, regardless of their affiliations, have paid dearly for the crimes committed by terrorists who have shed their blood and undermined their security and livelihood. He added:
“Terrorism has spared no one, targeting schools, hospitals, places of worship, and infrastructure. Everybody knows full and well that terrorism would not have spread to my country if it hadn’t been for the external support of well-known countries. It is no longer a secret that Qatar and Saudi Arabia have played a part in this, promoting their Wahhabist, Takfirist ideology and their death fatwa that has noting to do with Islam”.
Al-Moallem stressed that they have bragged about sending thousands of mercenaries into Syria and the fact that they equipped them with the most sophisticated weapons. He continued:
“Meanwhile, Turkey has opened its border to let in tens of thousands of terrorists from all around the world, and has provided them with logistical support and training camps under the supervision of Turkish and western intelligence. It has even supplied these terrorists with direct military support as is the case in Idlib, Aleppo, and rural Latakia.”
Al-Moallem noted that he would like to refer the members of the General Assembly to a study, published seven months ago, by a German Federal Institute for Studies. He continued:
“According to the study, more than 360,000 foreign fighters from 83 countries, have entered Syria since April 2011. By the end of 2015 the Syrian army was able to kill 95,000 of those while 120,000 returned home or traveled to other countries.”
Al-Moallem stressed that Syria is combating terrorism on behalf of the whole world, because every time that a terrorist is killed in Syria is spares the lives of many innocent people who could have died in a terrorist act, carried out by the same terrorist, upon returning to his country. He continued:
“Anyone who tries to distort this fact must be held responsible for the spread of terrorism and the increasing number of victims. Our valiant army deserves to be commended and supported. It must not be the target of schemes and lies. … The terrorist campaign against my country is taking place in full view of a polarized world. There are those who have chosen to support international law and the principle of the Charter (UN Charter), while others have decided to turn a blind eye to the truth, and to support, finance and arm terrorists under the false pretext that departs from logic and reason”.
Al-Moallem stressed that they chose to refer to these terrorists as “moderate armed opposition” even though there is irrefutable evidence that these groups have committed against Syrians crimes and massacres that are no less barbaric than those committed by ISIL or Al-Qaeda. Al-Moallem continued:….