Before Syria's ongoing war, Western countries “were practically deprived of the opportunity to put pressure on the policy of Syria because the country had no external debts or obligations to the International Monetary Fund,” Dakhallah said.
He further said that the country’s best infrastructure is being systematically destroyed and an economic blockade and political isolation are being implemented.
Despite the difficult six-year war, however, the Syrian people are not giving up and are fighting against the invaders because their freedom is at stake.
He added that now there is talk about alternative ways of changing Syria. “However, it is worth remembering that they will always proceed from their colonial interests,” the former minister said.
The Syrian government has repeatedly said that the Syrian Army does not possess chemical weapons. According to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a human rights watchdog, the destruction of the country's former chemical arsenal was completed in January, 2016.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on April 6 that groundless accusations related to the chemical weapons incident in Idlib Province were unacceptable until an investigation into the matter had been carried out.
However, the incident was used as pretext for the United States to conduct a missile strike against Ash Sha'irat Airbase on April 6. US President Donald Trump characterized the strike as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government troops while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the strike it was a violation of international law. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the US missile strike against the Syrian airfield as a strategic mistake.
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