Iran, Russia having priority in Syria reconstruction: Syrian official

IRNA – Iran and Russia will be given priority in Syrian reconstruction process and Syria relies on them, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem.

Al-Moallem also named a number of countries as ‘friendly’ which have expressed their desire to be part of the rebuilding process in Syria, which include China, India, Malaysia, Brazil and South Africa, according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Stressing that the US is using chemical weapons as a pretext to justify aggression against Syria, he reiterated that Syria does not possess any chemical weapons.

Minister al-Moallem noted that the staging of fabricated chemical attack and the attempt of blaming the Syrian state for committing it became easy as the “White Helmets” organization has been formed by the British security apparatus and funded by several western countries to serve this purpose and create such scenarios.

Al-Moallem added that the US goals in Syria are not related to the US only, rather they are the goals of the Zionist regime being implemented by Washington. He also said that the US does not want Syria to be the main state in resisting the Israel or to have strategic relations with Iran and Russia.

Regarding the peace talks, he underlined the importance of Astana process since it is totally different from Geneva talks in terms of its track and prospects and has contributed to de-escalating tension in various Syrian areas and reaching agreements on some other areas, the last of which is Idlib.