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SYRIAN AMBASSADOR: PRESENCE OF MEDIATOR BETWEEN TWO FRIENDLY COUNTRIES ‘ILLOGICAL’

Syria's Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdel Karim Ali, on Friday asked Syrians to return home, especially as Syria defeated terrorism and reconciliations were expanding.

"Aleppo, Homs, Damascus, Latakia, Tartous, and Soueida are 'safe areas', but no region is safe in the true sense of the word, neither Paris nor Washington or London."

However, the Syrian diplomat said that this step required coordination between the governments of the Lebanese and Syrian states.

In the wake of his meeting with Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, he called for greater coordination in the security field. "Syria is doing well now and will be in a better shape later," he added.

Asked about Syria's refusal to negotiate the return of refugees through the UN, Ali criticized the very principle of mediating between two embassies and peoples bound by agreements and kinship relations, describing the matter as "illogical".

"The terrorism that strikes Syria is identical to that against Arsal. The interest of the two countries lies in economic, security, political and social cooperation," he said.

On another level, Minister Bassil received the new ambassadors of France, Spain and Hungary. They handed him a copy of their credentials before presenting them to President of the Republic, Michel Aoun.

Source: National News Agency