UNITED NATIONS (Dispatches) -- Iran and Russia have demanded complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria, saying the recent violence in Hasakah is the result of foreign troops illegally deployed to the region.
Speaking at a UN Security Council session in New York on Thursday, Zahra Ershadi, deputy permanent representative of Iran to the UN, described last week’s attack by Daesh terrorists on the Kurdish-run Ghwayran jail in Hasakah as a wake-up call that once again showed takfiri terrorists remain a significant threat to regional security and stability.
Ershadi said Iran is closely monitoring developments in the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. She said Hasakah violence clearly showed that the occupying forces and their allies have not been able to ensure security and order in the territories under their occupation, with the status quo having helped Daesh extend its influence there and endanger the lives of local population.
“It is deeply unfortunate that countries that have repeatedly alleged to be pioneers in human rights are refusing to repatriate their nationals, especially women and children, who have been caught up in deplorable conditions of conflict zones,” she said.
“Given the threats posed by foreign terrorists to the security and stability of the region, the Security Council should prioritize their repatriation to respective countries.”
She also said serious efforts are needed to remove unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria, adding the “unlawful measures have prolonged the sufferings of the people and adversely affected the work of international and national humanitarian agencies there”.
Dmitry Polyanskiy, deputy permanent representative of Russia to
the United Nations, renewed Moscow’s call on all foreign occupation forces to withdraw from Syria.
“We demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces, who are illegally deployed, from Syria,” Polyansky said at the UN Security Council session. “It is clear that the United States does not deal with the fight against terrorism even on a domestic level, let alone on a global scale.”
He said in areas where the United States is directly involved in oil theft, an environmental catastrophe is unfolding, and at the same time, the United Nations does not provide any assessment of what is happening.