Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)
The Arab League's suspension of Syria is "an extremely dangerous step," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Monday.
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He added that Washington's welcoming of the Arab League suspension amounts to incitement, a statement echoed by Moscow.
Arab League decision comes in response to Syria's bloody crackdown on
an eight-month protest movement calling for President Bashar Assad's
Moualem added that he is confident that Russia and China would continue to block Western
efforts at the United Nations to condemn its crackdown on
Despite its suspension from the Arab League, a "Libya scenario will not
be repeated in his country," the Syrian foreign minister said.
Moallem also addressed attacks on foreign diplomatic missions over the
weekend. "As for attacks on foreign embassies, as the foreign minister I
apologize for these aggressions," he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday also spoke out against
the Arab League suspension of Syria, accusing Western nations of
inciting opponents of Assad to seek his removal, Russian news agencies
quoted him as saying.
Lavrov also underlined Russia's opposition to imposing new sanctions on
Iran over its nuclear program and said nations were whipping up tension
over Tehran to impose additional unilateral sanctions against it, the
Moallem said Damascus was organizing a dialogue with opposition figures
and "all elements of Syrian society", which he said were not all
represented by the government or the opposition.
"We have reached the beginning of the end of the crisis," he said.