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Syrian Foreign Minister: We Will Join with U.S., U.K. to Fight IS

Syrian Foreign Minister: We Will Join with U.S., U.K. to Fight IS

The BBC reports that Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, asserting that Syria is “the centre of the international coalition to fight Islamic State,” stated that Syria would “cooperate and coordinate” its efforts with the United States and Great Britain in fighting the Islamic State (IS). 

He also warned the United States, which has bombed IS in Iraq, that any military action taken in Syria against IS without coordinating with Syria would be considered “”ggression.”

Muallem stated:

Syria is ready to cooperate and coordinate all their efforts, whether regional or international, to combat terrorism according to Security Council Resolution 2170. The Syrian government, as a symbol of Syrian sovereignty, as it is referred in the Security Council resolution, we are ready and open towards this cooperation, including with the United States and Great Britain. Any military action without coordination with the Syrian government, it is aggression, and the Syrian government is obliged to take all possible measures to defend its sovereignty.

The Syrian government has been ostracized by the West, as it has been accused of atrocities in its three-year-long civil war, which has caused over 191,000 deaths.

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