Syria's Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem said on Monday that the Arab League's decision on Sunday to impose tough economic sanctions on Damascus "closed all windows with Syria," pointing out that some of the League's members are pushing for turning the Syrian matter into an international issue. In a press conference, al-Moallem said that the army lost some of its members in order to protect civilians and confront terrorists
According to the minister, when some call on the army to cease violence, they are making a "false accusation." He added that the Arab League refuses to acknowledge the existence of armed terrorist groups committing murder and abduction and attacking state establishments.
The Foreign Minister affirmed Syria's commitment to the agreed-upon Arab work plan made in Doha, adding that the Arab Ministerial Committee and that Arab League violated this plan. "They suspended Syria's participation in the Arab League's meetings because they don't want to hear the other voice," he pointed out.
Al-Moallem stressed that the draft protocol presented by the Arab Ministerial Committee infringes upon Syria's national sovereignty and is basically a submission protocol. Al-Moallem said: "Stop funding gunmen in Syria and media instigation against it… we want you to take steps to control borders… we are prepared to cooperate with neighboring countries."
Al-Moallem stressed that the sanctions imposed by the Arab League target the Syrian people, wondering what good the Arab League is without Syria, adding "I invite them to study Syria's history since Gouraud's ultimatum and not direct ultimatums or sanctions at us."
Al-Moallem said that halting dealing with the Central Bank is a declaration of economic war from the viewpoint of international law, adding "if they want to deal with Syria with reason and care then they should cancel all those sanctions."