[Marxism] Assad to US: Bomb Syria, but coordinate it with us

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 06:40:48 MDT 2014


(after all, we're already super-experts at it)

Syria ready to 'co-operate against terrorism'
Syrian FM says Damascus open to co-operation at both regional and 
international level in line with recent UN resolution.
Last updated: 25 Aug 2014 11:47

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/syria-ready-co-operate-against-terrorism-20148251196801654.html

Muallem said Syria must be involved in co-ordinating any airstrikes 
against the Islamic State in Syria [Reuters]

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said that his country is ready 
to work with the international community to battle against "terrorists" 
within the framework of a recent UN resolution.

In a news conference in Damascus on Monday, he also warned that Syria 
must be involved in co-ordinating any airstrikes against the Islamic 
State group in Syria, after the US said it was considering extending 
operations into Syrian territory.

Syria is ready for co-operation and co-ordination at the regional and 
international level to fight terrorism.

Walid Muallem, Syria's foreign minister

"Syria is ready for co-operation and co-ordination at the regional and 
international level to fight terrorism and implement UN Security Council 
resolution 2170," Walid Muallem said.

He confirmed, in response to a question, that the country's willingness 
to do so would extend to co-operating with the US and the UK.

Muallem added that Syria was willing to participate in such efforts as 
part of a regional or international coalition, or on the basis of 
bilateral cooperation.

However, he noted: "We must feel that the co-operation is serious and 
not double standards.

"Any violation of Syria's sovereignty would be an act of aggression."

The self-declared jihadist Islamic State group has made advances in 
several parts of Syria, including most recently Raqqa province, where it 
seized the army's last provincial outpost on Sunday.

The UN Security Council passed a rare unanimous resolution on August 15 
intended to weaken armed groups in Iraq and Syria by choking off their 
funding and stemming the flow of foreign fighters.

The resolution targeted both the Islamic State group and al-Nusra Front, 
which is al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate.

Syria's government considers not only these two groups, but all those 
fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad to be "terrorists". 




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