Mikdad: Coercive measures on Syria must be lifted…Turkey should end occupation of Syrian lands

New York – Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, has reiterated the need to lift the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States and some Western states on Syria, stressing at the same time the necessity to increase aid provided to the Syrian people.

In response to a question by the Russian Sputnik News Agency about whether other countries should increase the volume of aid to Syria, Mikdad said, “Of course yes…the sanctions imposed by the United States, as well as unilateral coercive measures, are stifling the Syrian people.”

In another context, Minister Mikdad renewed Syria’s demand for the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation forces from the lands it occupies, saying “The main reason for the escalation in Idlib region is the Turkish occupation and the support Turkey provides to terrorist organizations there.”

Turkey should withdraw immediately and the international community should support Syria’s efforts to liberate the occupied lands north of the country, Mikdad said.