Army resolved to regain control over areas taken by terrorists, Information Minister

Damascus, SANA – Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said the Syrian Army will regain control  over the areas taken by terrorists and it moves according to specific priorities.

In an interview with the Syrian TV on Wednesday, the Minister said .. the armed terrorist  organizations failed in Aleppo, Hasaka, al-Sweida and were beaten in all axeses contrary to  what is promoted to by some channels such as al-Jazeera and al-Arabia because the Syrians  have stood by the side of the army and taken up weapons to prove that they are part of this  battle despite all attempts of giving it a sectarian characteristic.

He pointed out to a qualitative change that has taken place since a month, a reference to  the enrollment of thousands of male and female youths in the Armed Forces and the national  Defense in all provinces, causing a great defect in the terrorists’ calculations betting on  the fear of people.

“The brave army personnel and residents of Aleppo will not allow the city to become a  breeding ground for terrorists… Erdogan along with his government and terrorism will fall,”  al-Zoubi stressed.

On the role of the UN Envoy to Syria, the Minister said that the Syrian government has been open to this role, it listens to him and it has provided many ideas in this regard, as its  stance has been positive regarding all  international efforts, pointing out that talks are  focusing today on finding a political solution in Syria, which has also been focused on in Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012.

“The political solution is irreplaceable but ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Fateh Army as  terrorist organizations have no solution but the military one,” he clarified.

On what is called transitional governing body, the Minister stressed that Syria is a member  state in the United Nation and rejects all international resolutions that harms its sovereignty, a sovereignty that is based on the Constitution, which talks about the right of political parties of reaching power and participating in it through polls.

“We understand a transitional governing body as a national government where all powers participate and lead a sweeping political and national change that could reach everything including amending the Constitution,” al-Zoubi said.

He added that the Syrian state is ready to be in Moscow 3 Conference on the basis of  preliminary political dialogues, adding “We have no premature reservations over discussing any idea, and we are open to discuss anything on the basis of the Syrian national interest but not that of the Saudi or Turkish regimes, where the problem with the others lies.”

The Information Minister stressed the firmness of Syria’s allies’ support until reaching a  political solution and eliminating terrorism, adding that relations with Russia and Iran are axiomatic.

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