Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Al-Sharaa met earlier this week with Speaker of the Finnish parliament and members of the foreign relations committee at the parliament and reviewed with them issues related to cooperation between Syria and Finland and the prospective of a settlement in the region.
In addition, Al-Sharaa held talks with his Finnish counterpart on bilateral relations, the Arab peace initiative adopted by the recent Beirut summit and the ongoing Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians, according to SANA.
Following the discussions, the two ministers held a joint press conference in which the Finnish foreign minister described his meeting with Al-Sharaa as good and constructive.
For his part, Al-Sharaa explained Syria’s position towards the latest developments in the Middle East, emphasizing the dangers of the aggressive policy adopted by Israel which “refuses to implement the (UN) Security Council resolutions and practices terrorism against the Palestinian People.
Regarding statements about convening an international conference on peace, the Syrian Foreign Minister said that the, “Sharon government is not a government of peace” adding that the European states should exert pressure on Israel and force it to withdraw from the occupied Arab territories to the June 4,1967 lines, SANA added.
With regards to the regional peace conference proposed by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the Syrian Minister said that “the proposal has been rejected by Syria and the other Arab states because it does not realize peace.” (Albawaba.com)