The US is working to prolong the Syrian conflict in order to defend the interests of Israel, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in an interview with Russia’s Rossiya-24 TV channel.
“The Syrian people and the Syrian government want the crisis to end today. However, it is impossible because of external interference led by the US,” Muallem said adding, “this interference satisfies the interests of Israel and runs counter to those of the Syrian people.”
Muallem that the US main goal “is to prolong the crisis.”
“This is why I cannot provide a specific time on when it will end. However, I can confirm that our people and leadership very much hope that the crisis will come to an end soon,” he noted.
According to the foreign minister, US attempts to destabilize the situation in Syria are bound to fail and will only lead to human casualties.
“They [the US] have trained certain groups of Syrians, which have various names, to destabilize the situation in Syria. In this connection, they have carried out a military operation in the city of Palmyra. However, their attack failed as two of the attackers were caught and confessed to having been trained at the Al-Tanf base under the command of the US military. This is why the United States’ attempts will fail, leading only to great human casualties,” he said.
Muallem further pointed out that the US has several times said that it would withdraw its forces from the al-Tanf area in southeastern Syria but has never fulfilled this promise.