Mikdad, Pandor discuss bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern

Damascus, SANA – Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mikdad, on Monday made a telephone conversation with South African Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, with the two sides discussing means of enhancing and deepening the standing cooperation between Syria and South Africa, and a number of issues of mutual concern.

Mikdad pointed out to the most important challenges that Syria has been facing, including ongoing war against terrorism, illegitimate presence of US and Turkish forces on the Syrian territory, and negative repercussions of the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed by the US and the European Union on the Syrian people.

He referred to the preparations for the upcoming presidential election process scheduled to be held by the end of the current month.

For her part, Pandor affirmed her country’s stance in support of Syria’s sovereignty and independence, voicing confidence in the success of the electoral process that would express the will and aspirations of the Syrian people.

She reiterated that South Africa opposes the imposition of unilateral economic measures, especially the use of these sanctions as a means of a political pressure on the developing countries.

The two ministers exchanged views on bolstering cooperation in various fields and the importance of developing countries being side by side.

They also discussed the joint stances on the Palestinian cause and the support provided by Syria and South Africa to regain Palestinian rights, stop building settlements and establish the Palestinian state.

Hybah / Shaza Qriema

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