Syrian foreign minister travels to Russia for talks

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has departed his country for Russia to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov over the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said al-Muallem and Lavrov will discuss the critical situation in Syria on Monday.

“They [the talks] will focus on an all-encompassing discussion of all the aspects of the current situation in Syria and around it,” the ministry said in a statement.

The visit comes amid US threats of launching military strikes against Syria over the unsubstantiated accusation that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons.

The recent war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the Middle Eastern country and its foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus.

The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation.

Nevertheless, a number of Western countries, with the US being at the forefront, quickly started campaigning for war.

Under domestic pressure though, some of the United States’ closest allies voiced reluctance to participate in Washington’s war plans.

The administration of US President Barack Obama, however, remained defiant, but announced on Saturday, August 31 that it would first seek authorization from an already skeptical Congress.

While a number of congressional leaders primarily voiced support for Obama’s war plans, a majority of Congress members gradually allowed their skepticism to come out into the open.

Meanwhile, the US, which all along the way had insisted that it had “evidence” strong enough to implicate the Syrian government in the August 21 attack while refusing repeated calls to release it publicly, announced on Sunday, September 8, that it did not have “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” against Damascus.

Following the rollercoaster trend of war talk, the US administration now seems to have been left high and dry in its plan for strikes on Syria. Reports indicate that the White House is losing the support of Congress members for its proposed war on Syria, while opposition to the plan stiffens.

Although the recent developments seem to have toned down the rhetoric of war, they by no means eradicate the possibility of unilateral military action by the US, as it continues to make blatant calls for strikes on Syria.

The UN, Iran, Russia, and China have been voicing strong opposition to the US plan for war.

By Press TV


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