Guterres: No alternative for political solution for crisis in Syria

New York, SANA – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres affirmed that there’s no alternative for a political solution for the crisis in Syria, calling for self-restraint following the US aggression against Syria.

In a statement on Friday, Guterres said that due to the risk posed by escalation, he calls for self-restraint to avoid any action that would exacerbate the suffering of the Syrian people, affirming that the political solution is the only way to end the crisis in Syria.

He called on all sides to renew their commitment to pushing forward with the Geneva talks, asserting that the political solution is vital for making progress in fighting terrorism.

In turn, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that the international workgroup on Syria will convene on Friday upon the request of Russia following the US aggression.

De Mistura’s office said in a statement that the cessation of combat activities committee at the workgroup will hold an urgent meeting later today which the Special Envoy will chair, and that the co-chair of the group Russia called for holding the meeting and the US, the other co-chair, agreed to participate in it.

The United States carried out a blatant aggression at dawn on Friday targeting a Syrian Arab Army airbase in the central region with missiles, claiming the lives of six, injuring others, and causing considerable material damage, while 9 civilians including 4 children were killed by missiles fired by the US on a number of villages in the southeastern countryside of Homs province.

Hazem Sabbagh

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