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    Many countries in the Middle East and the West, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, France and Great Britain, are attempting to destroy Syria’s infrastructure and its economy, and are arming terrorists in the country because they have no desire to see the political settlement move forward, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi told Sputnik.

    DAMSCUS (Sputnik) – The Syrian prime minister said instead of helping in the settlement of the crisis, these countries are arming terrorists and sending in troops.

    “The agreements reached between the friendly Russia and the United States of the so-called cessation of hostilities or ceasefire are being violated. In the end we see that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, as well as Western countries such as Great Britain and France have no real desire to move the process of the political settlement in Syria forward,” al-Halqi said in an interview.

    The Syrian prime minister stressed that it's “just the opposite, they are aiding in the escalation of terrorist activity and arming terrorists. Over the last week, more than 5,000 troops crossed the border with Turkey into the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib.”

    Al-Halqi said that groups of countries are attempting to bring Syria to its knees by destroying is infrastructure and economy.

    “At the same time these countries are attempting to shatter even more the infrastructure, destroy the economic capabilities of the Syrian people, and bring Syria down to the status of a ‘failed state,’” al-Haqi said.

    The prime minister said that thanks to Russia and the Syrian Army, Western and Middle East countries were foiled in their attempts to make Syria a failed state.

    “But thanks to the Syrian Army, the people, its leadership headed by [Syrian] President Bashar Assad, as well as friends, first and foremost the Russian Federation and personally [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, the were not able to succeed. Our organized repulsions did not allow them to make Syria the defeated party,” he said.

    Al-Halqi said that the fight against terrorism would continue wherever it may be in Syria, and especially against the Nusra Front and the Islamic State, which are prohibited in numerous countries including the United States and Russia.

    “We are fighting against international terrorism wherever it is in Syria, first and foremost against the Nusra Front and the Islamic State,” al-Halqi said.


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