“No uninvited guests have the right to maintain their presence in Syria” – Lavrov


September 11th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein –

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Saudi Arabia was serious about settling the Syrian crisis and stressed its support for series of negotiations in Kazakh capital city of Astana.

During a press conference held today with his Jordanian counterpart in Jordanian capital city of Amman, Lavrov said that the situation in Iraq, Syria Libya and Yemen has been thoroughly discussed, noting that the crises can only be resolved by maintaining sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nations.

Lavrov’s comments come after yesterday’s visit to Saudi Arabia, during which he said Jeddah and Moscow supported the unification of the Syrian opposition factions.

“There is an agreement on strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism and we have a common concept of implementing this and without any double standards”, Lavrov said.

He also said that any foreign presence on the Syrian soil or airspace without the approval of the government in Damascus, violates international law and sovereignty of the Syrian state.

“Since the very beginning, we have consistently taken a very clear stance. Everyone who is on the Syrian soil or in Syria’s airspace without the consent of the Syrian government violates the international law,” Lavrov was heard saying, adding that Russia, as well as the representatives of Iran (Hezbollah including), maintain their presence in Syria due to a direct invitation of Syria’s legitimate authorities.

Lavrov then pointed out to double standards as regards the notorious terror group Al Nusra Front as several members of the US-led “anti-ISIS” coalition are remaining rather supportive of the group, stressing that this is totally unacceptable, especially because both, ISIS and Al Nusra Front, are designated as terrorist organisations by the United Nations.

For his part, the Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said he appreciated the importance of cooperation with Russia on reducing tensions in southern Syria, and in trilateral talks, where Washington also participates.

Safadi stressed that his country wants a comprehensive cease-fire in Syria, followed by a peaceful solution to the crisis.

In a related context, he also pointed out that Oman agrees with Moscow on finding a peaceful solution to the Palestinian issue on a two-state basis.

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