FM: Syria ready to cooperate with US to fight terrorism

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Published Monday, August 25, 2014

Syria is ready to work with the international community, including the United States, to combat terrorism within the framework of a UN resolution on extremists, Syria's foreign minister said Monday.

"Syria is ready for cooperation and coordination at the regional and international level to fight terrorism and implement UN Security Council resolution 2170," Walid Moallem said.

He confirmed, in response to a question, that the country's willingness to do so would extend to cooperating with the United States and Britain.

"They are welcome," he said.

Moallem added that Syria was willing to participate in such efforts as part of a regional or international coalition, or on the basis of bilateral cooperation.

But, he said, "we must feel that the cooperation is serious and not double standards."

"Any violation of Syria's sovereignty would be an act of aggression."

His comments at a news conference in Damascus come as the Islamic State jihadi group makes advances in several parts of Syria, including Raqqa province, where it seized the army's last provincial outpost on Sunday.

The United Nations Security Council passed a rare unanimous resolution on August 15 intended to weaken jihadis in Iraq and Syria by choking off their funding and stemming the flow of foreign fighters.

The resolution targeted both the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, which is al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, two jihadi groups.

(AFP)

Comments

You said a lot, but forgot to say the most important part as follows, why?:

Asked about the prospect of US air strikes against Islamic State inside Syria, Moallem said his government was ready to cooperate with any country fighting militants. But any air raids mounted without Damascus's approval would be viewed as hostile acts. "Anything outside this (cooperation) is considered aggression," he said.

Whose side are you on, alakhbar???

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