Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has denounced the latest round of United States economic sanctions against his country, saying the coercive measures are meant to revive terrorism in Syria and force Damascus to turn its back on the anti-Israel resistance front.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital Damascus on Tuesday, Muallem dismissed recent remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey about the new financial restrictions against Syria, describing the comments as part of a “chorus of lies.”
“They are all liars because those seeking the interests of the Syrian people wouldn’t conspire against their livelihoods,” he highlighted.
Pompeo has called the anti-Syria sanctions, which came into force last week, “the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure” to deny the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of “revenue and support.”
Jeffrey has also claimed that the United States will provide a “significant amount” of new humanitarian aid for Syria in the wake of the stringent sanctions.
Muallem then stressed that the latest US economic sanctions against Syria do not include any exemptions, and adversely affect the imports of food, medicine and medical devices.
“Syrian people are accustomed to unilateral sanctions, which have been imposed on them since 1978 under various pretexts. Syrians should try to use the latest sanctions as an opportunity to advance the national economy, achieve self-sufficiency, and deepen our cooperation with friends and allies,” he said.