US, EU Sanctions are Responsible for Sufferings of Syrians




 DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Walid Al-Mouallem, on Saturday  met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos.

The two  sides expressed satisfaction to reach agreement on the humanitarian response plan in Syria, that reflects  the  extent of  positive cooperation between Syria and the United Nations.

Al-Mouallem commended  efforts of the  UN offices in Syria and  urged  Ms. Amos  that cooperation with the UN  to cover the  restoration and rebuilding of  what was destroyed by armed terrorist groups of the country 's  infrastructure, hospitals, and so on.

He stressed that  the sanctions imposed by the US and the EU  on Syria are  responsible for the suffering of Syrian citizens . He demanded UN  to condemn these sanctions and to abolish them.

He emphasized the desire of the Syrian government to coordinate with the UN   in order to deliver humanitarian aid to due  beneficiaries who have suffered damages as a result of  attacks by armed terrorist groups against  public and private property.

For her part, Amos highly appreciated Syria 's humanitarian  efforts  in facilitating  the tasks of the UN Office .

She  asserted  that the UN office in Damascus will continue  providing humanitarian assistance  in coordination with the Syrian government .

For his part, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Dr. Jasem Zakaria, discussed  with Amos mechanism of cooperation relations between the government and  UN humanitarian organizations .

In a statement to pressmen, the minister said that discussions dealt  the  support given by international organizations to Syria  during the crisis  and the efforts exerted  by the higher relief agency  to  overcome difficulties impeding  the delivery of aid to affected citizens.

In a similar meeting, the Minister of State for National Reconciliation, Dr. Ali Haidar, discussed with Amos the  Humanitarian response plan in Syria and the role played by international organizations in this regard.

he told reporters,  following the meeting that  “ So far,  international organizations did not provide required aid and are using  the humanitarian aid for political purposes," calling  on these organizations to act with credibility  in providing aid to the Syrian people through government institutions and NGOs working in the area of relief.

He stressed that  the government is working on the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all  affected Syrians, without exception, pointing out that  in certain areas, the terrorists confiscate  the aid before reaching those in need .

Replying a question on the proposed  airlift to provide aid to certain areas in Aleppo, the minister stressed “ International organizations  will have no role in implementing this airlift, but will be  implemented  by Syrian hands.”


T. Fateh