Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Minister Walid Muallem (L) as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) looks at them after a joint press conference in Moscow, Russia, on April 14, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
An analyst has hailed the recent trilateral meeting in Russia on the crisis in Syria, stressing that the assembly sends a clear message to US statesmen that Moscow, Tehran and Damascus will not be intimidates by US acts of aggression.
“What this meeting shows you is that these three allies have a unified front. They have one viewpoint and they are sticking to it. It is a very big message to the United States of America and its allies that they will not be bullied by Donald Trump and his policies towards Syria over the previous weeks. These three allies are going to pursue a path in Syria, which is anti-American and runs contrary to US interests in the region,” London-based expert on Middle East affairs, Danny Makki, told PressTV in an exclusive iednterview on Friday.
The remarks came on the same day that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, along with his Iranian and Russian counterparts Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sergei Lavrov, met in Moscow to discuss the recent US missile strikes on an air base in Syria’s central province of Homs.
The Pentagon said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at Shayrat airfield on April 7.
US officials claim that the suspected chemical incident in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province, which reportedly left over 80 people dead on April 4, had been launched from the military site.
Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that at least nine people were killed in the early morning strike on the Syrian airfield.
In this image released by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea on April 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Makki further criticized Britain and France for supporting the anti-Damascus allegations over the suspected chemical attack, arguing that the backing comes at the same as neither a British nor a French expert has paid a visit to the town of Khan Shaykhun.
“So it is very clear that there is a political agenda behind ongoing manipulation of this attack if it ever happened,” the pundit pointed out.
Syria’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the US strike as “a flagrant aggression” against the Arab country, and said Washington’s real objective was to “weaken the strength of the Syrian army in confronting terrorist groups.”
The ministry described the Khan Shaykhun attack as a “premeditated action that aimed to justify the launching of a US attack on the Syrian army.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry also censured the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state.
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