The Syrian foreign ministry strongly condemned the visit by the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to an illegal US military base in the country’s northeast, calling it a violation of sovereignty, dignity, and territorial integrity.
An official at the ministry stated that the American military official visited the illegal base purportedly to evaluate the effectiveness of the war against Daesh (ISIS or ISIL), a claim that was refuted by the international community as the origins of the terror group are linked to American intelligence, SANA reported.
The statement added that the claims made by the American administration about evaluating the effectiveness of the war against Daesh have no credibility as the terrorist group has never targeted American forces in their attacks, but rather carried out heinous attacks against innocent Syrian civilians. As an example, more than 60 people were killed in recent days while they were going about their daily lives near the American occupiers in the northeastern region.
The official also accused American forces of stealing Syrian wealth, including oil and wheat, with over 150 tankers of Syrian oil reportedly stolen in the past nine days. Furthermore, the official said that American forces support terrorist and separatist militias in the areas they occupy, prolonging the terrorist war on Syria.
The official also highlighted the catastrophic situation caused by the American administration’s unilateral coercive measures on Syria.
In response to the illegal visit, the Syrian foreign ministry called on the American administration to immediately stop violating international law and respect the will of the Syrian people and their right to self-determination.
Syria also reaffirmed its commitment to liberating its entire territory from terrorism and occupation.