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Walid Moallem

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem addressed the  United Nations General Assembly in New York Monday. His speech, according to observers, contained few, if any, surprises.  He accused some permanent U.N. Security Council members and other countries of supporting “terrorism,” singling out several by name.

“We…wonder to what extent the statements of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United States and France, that clearly induce and support terrorism in Syria with money, weapons and foreign fighters, are in line with the international responsibilities of these countries in combating terrorism…” said Muallem.

“While the peoples of the world wait to see effective and coordinated international efforts to overcome this crisis, the reality indicates, instead, the escalation of hegemony and domination on the fortunes of nations and peoples in a way that contradicts the principles and purposes enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international law…” – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem

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Cecily Hilleary

Cecily began her reporting career in the 1990s, covering US Middle East policy for Dubai-TV English. She has lived and/or worked in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf regions, consulting and producing for several regional radio and television networks and production houses, including MBC, Al-Arabiya, the former Emirates Media Incorporated and Al-Ikhbaria. She brings to VOA and MEV a keen understanding of the region's top social, cultural and political issues.

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