China: Syria’s future should be determined by Syrians

China says the future of Syria should be independently decided by its people and the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the country respected.

“Thanks to the joint efforts of the international community over a period of time, terrorist and extremist organizations in Syria have been under serious attacks,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday.

“Now the Syrian issue is at a new and critical juncture, with a rising momentum of political settlement,” she said.

Over the past few months, Syrian troops have made sweeping gains against foreign-sponsored Takfiri elements who have been wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.

In her remarks, the Chinese spokeswoman underlined the importance of finding a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

“Under the current situations, we hope that all the relevant sides in Syria will join hands to facilitate the inclusive Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process as soon as possible, so as to promote the proper settlement of the Syrian issue at an early date. It serves common interests of the international community.”

China earlier this year indicated its willingness to deploy troops to Syria to fight against foreign-backed terrorists.

The latest remarks by the Chinese spokeswoman come one day after the administration of US President Donald Trump announced that it had started withdrawing troops from Syria.

Trump’s sudden announcement on Wednesday that US troops had defeated Daesh terrorists in Syria and that he sought to pull some 2,000 US troops out of Syria took many Americans by surprise.

Reacting to the development, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said the US pullout creates good prospects for a political solution in Syria.

US forces in Syria were becoming a dangerous obstacle to finding a peace settlement, she said.

A report in late October said Daesh members were being provided with advanced weapons by the United States in Syria, revealing Washington’s support for terrorists in the Arab country.

In September, the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh airlifted to a safe sanctuary several commanders of the terror outfit from a region in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.

The foreign-backed militancy in Syria, which enjoys vigorous Western support, has been plaguing the Arab country for the past seven years, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions.

The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups.

Source: Press TV


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