The Syrian delegation, headed by Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, continued official meetings at the UN headquarters in New York.
Minister al-Moallem discussed with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei bilateral relations and means of enhancing them in all domains.
Minister Makei expressed his country's support for the Syrian government in its efforts to overcome the current situation, adding that Belarus firmly opposes foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs.
For his part, al-Moallem expressed thanks to Makei for the stances of his country in support of Syria and its stability.ā¬
Minister al-Moallem also met Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti. The meeting tackled bilateral relations and means of bolstering them in all fields.
The two sides discussed the mission of UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and ways of supporting it, with al-Moallem stressing that Syria has supported the previous envoys.
Al-Moallem noted that Syria supported the mission of Lieutenant General Mohammad al-Dabi, adding that al-Dabi's documentation of the presence of armed terrorist groups in Syria caused some Arab sides to foil his mission.
Al-Moallem met President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic, hoping the latter will be able to balance the work of the Assembly similar to how he served as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Serbia.
Minister al-Moallem briefed Jeremic on the latest development in Syria and the acts of the armed terrorist groups against Syria's infrastructure institutions.
Al-Moallem stressed the need to put an end to the funding of these terrorist groups in order to pave the way to hold dialogue among the Syrians to determine their destiny without foreign interference.
Al-Moallem also met his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, and discussed with him bilateral relations and means of boosting them.
The two sides agreed on the importance of supporting Brahimi's mission with the aim of starting dialogue among the Syrians without foreign interference.
Similarly, al-Moallem discussed with Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari the current situation in Syria, with al-Moallem stressing that the success of Brahimi's mission depends on the honest intentions of the countries that are currently working on undermining the mission.
The meetings were attended by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, and Speaker of the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry Dr. Jihad Makdissi.ā¬
Al-Moallem: Key to Make Brahimi's Mission a Success is in the Hands of Countries which Fund and Arm Terrorists in Syria
In an interview on al-Mayadine TV, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem stressed that Syria is cooperating with the UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and will help him make his mission a success.
Al-Moallem said that the key to make Brahimi's mission a success lies in the hands of Syria's neighboring countries which are arming and funding the armed terrorist groups in Syria, adding "if Brahimi didn't get real commitments from neighboring countries, and before that from the USA which is running the entire game, then he will face the same problems that faced Kofi Annan."
On the calls of the Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi for implementing Chapter VII of the UN Security Council against Syria, al-Moallem said "the reason for his obsession with Chapter VII could be his jealousy from his predecessor and his work in Libya."
Al-Moallem said that al-Arabi should remember that more than 100 resolutions were issued by the UN and the Security Council against Israel and none of them were under Chapter VII. adding "I don't know why he insists on chapter VII when he knows that it will be exploited to wage a military action against Syria."ā¬
Al-Moallem said that former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made perjurious statements at the UN Security Council on the presence of WMDs in Iraq, adding that "talk of chemical weapons in Syria is fabricated by the US administration. When you use chemical weapons in a town, the people of the town will be eliminated… using such weapons is unreasonable.
"We said that we are ready to sign the Chemical Non-Proliferation Treaty if Israel signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That doesn't mean that Syria possesses a chemical arsenal or plans to use such weapons against its people. These nonsensical allegations were made to launch a campaign against Syria similar to the campaign against Iraq."
On whether US officials tried to hold a meeting with him, al-Moallem answered "No, not at all."ā¬