US aggression a terrorist act – Syrian FM


Damascus : Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has announced that the US has launched a terrorist act on the al-Boukamal region, killing innocent civilians, and holding the US Administration responsible for this aggression.

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During a press conference held Monday following a meeting with his British counterpart, David Miliband, in London, al-Moallem called on the US officials to investigate this act, announce the results and offer interpretations on the reasons for launching such aggressive act.

He also called on the Iraqi government to investigate this issue and not allow the use of Iraqi lands for the launch of such aggression on Syria.

“There is a question on whether this aggressive act is a beginning of the security agreement between the US and the Iraqi government,” he said.

On the stance of the US Charge d’ Affaires in Damascus, he said: “The US Charge d’ Affaires said she has no information and will convey what she has and return to us, expressing regret over the killing of civilians.”

He refuted the US allegations of the existence of terrorist activities for al-Qaeda along the Syrian borders, saying “they know well that Syria stands against al-Qaeda and condemns its acts against the Iraqi people, and they know well that we do our best to control borders with Iraq.”

Al-Moallem added that the Bush Administration’s record is full of lies and fabrications since it went to the Security Council under the pretext of Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction.

On the statements of the Iraqi government spokesman, al-Moallem expressed dismay over the statements that justify the terrorist aggression on Syrian unarmed civilians.

As for his talks with his British counterpart, al-Moallem expressed satisfaction, describing it as constructive and useful.

“I explained to Minister Miliband the conditions of the US aggression on the Syrian lands as well as we held talks on relations between Syria and the EU and issues that lead to stability in the region,” he said.

Al-Moallem said that if the purpose of the US aggression was to obstruct Syria’s relations with Europe, Britain and France, the outcome of my talks with the British Foreign Secretary would make this purpose a failure.

He added that the EU’s latest openness to Syria reflects awareness of EU leaders of Syria’s central and important role in the region.

Al-Moallem expressed hope that the coming US presidential elections will help highlight mistakes committed by the administration of President George W.Bush.