Top lawmaker raps US role in Syria terrorism

Top lawmaker raps US role in Syria terrorism
Thu Feb 20, 2014 13:04:46

Syria’s parliament speaker has slammed the United States for sponsoring terrorism in his war-stricken country both directly and indirectly.

Speaker of the People’s Assembly of Syria, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, said during the 9th session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) conference in Tehran on Wednesday that Syria is facing a destructive war led by the United States and some of its allies.

Laham also complained that some Muslim countries were involved in tireless efforts to violate Syria’s sovereignty through “the ugliest forms of intervention” in its internal affairs, adding that the Syrian delegation to the Tehran conference had tried to inform the representatives of other Islamic countries about what is actually happening in Syria.

“We have pledged in this union, through several resolutions, to spread the tolerant values and teachings of Islam which are based on tolerance, but today we see [certain] Islamic countries spending millions of dollars for Muslims to kill each other and they are funding extremist religious channels working to ignite seditions and hatred among the Islamic doctrines and issuing fatwas of Jihad and Takfir against Syria,” Laham stated.

He added that the interference of such countries did not stop at the political level but turned into direct and indirect military intervention through supplying the armed groups and the Takfiri terrorists with money and weapons.

The top Syrian lawmaker also emphasized that the US-led bid against his country included facilitating the infiltration of terrorists from over 80 Arab and non-Arab countries into Syria.

Laham reiterated that the future of Syria will be made by the Syrians themselves through “comprehensive national dialogue and election boxes, neither through weapons and terrorism nor through Western or Arab custody.”

A recent British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside the country.


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