Syrian FM claims connections between US and regime

Syrian FM says US allegedly informed Assad’s administration that US-trained rebels will fight ISIS only, not Syrian army

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

During his visit to Tehran, Syrian Foriegn Minister Walid al Mouallem said that the United States had told the Syrian government about the aim of entering to Syria the "Division 30," a US-trained moderate opposition. 

Mouallem told journalists in Tehran, according to the Al Myadeen news net, that the "US called the Syrian gvernment bfore entering the armed rebels to Syria, that theyy will fight ISIS only, but they will not fight the Syrian army at all." 

Mouallem said Syria supports any efforts to combat ISIS "if they are coordinated with Damascus"but anything else would "be a breach of Syrian sovereignty," state television quoted Moualim on Wednesday.

Critics say that the statement by the Syrian FM aimed to legitimise the regime in the international arena by claiming a cooperation with the US.

Earlier this week, the US said it had decided to allow air strikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the US military from any attackers.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian interpreted Mouallem's visit to Tehran as an opportunity for finding a diplomatic resolution to the ongoing conflicts in Syria.

"Fortunately we see a change in the strategy of regional players in the Syrian crisis. If four years ago they believed war is the only solution, now they prefer to focus on diplomacy," Abdollahian was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.

Iran is known for its solid stance towards the Bashar al Assad regime in Syria and backs the Syrian military through sending weaponry and human resources, a vital support that essentially annoys Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and as well as Turkey in the region.

The Iran’s nuclear deal agreed on July 14 in Vienna is expected to further dissipate Western pressure over Damascus since Iran enhances its bargaining power regarding the regional crises foremost in Syria and Yemen.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested a regional dialogue committee be formed to tackle the multiple crises in the Middle East as he meant the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen where Iran’s conventional support and political influence necessitate Tehran’s active mediation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts.

"Nowhere in the world needs this mechanism more than the Gulf region, and the Middle East ... No one can fight against extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq, while helping them grow in Yemen and Syria," Zarif said in an article published in four Arab newspapers on Monday.

However, Russia has so far supported the Assad regime together with Iran whereas the US and other Western allies together with the Gulf Arab dynasties have long been insisting on the regime change in Syria.

Since the Geneva talks, the US and Russia have been clashing over the ongoing Syrian crisis for which the parties could not have converged on how to end the civil war engulfing the Assad regime in Damascus.

The US and Russia are still negotiating to find a proper solution to the issue, but the parties continue to have essential divergences on the issue since the ISIS advancement in and around Syria have further complicated the ongoing political and humanitarian crises as well as military conflicts in the war-torn country.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once reiterated "The need for a political solution to the conflict and the important role to be played by opposition groups in reaching that solution," as the parties met together with the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir in Qatar on Monday.

The UN and London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group, announced that over 220,000 people have been killed in the four years of Syrian conflict while millions of Syrians were either internally displaced or forced to flee neighbouring countries like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

In this sense, Turkey has been so far the worst affected country from the humanitarian crisis in Syria and it currently hosts almost 1.8 million Syrian refugees all across the country.

TRTWorld and agencies