Qatar’s Foreign Minister Calls for Immediate Cease-fire in Syria

Paris, – Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has called for an immediate cease-fire in Syria and return to the negotiating table, stressing that a political solution is the only way to resolve the crisis.

HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs was speaking at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, after the ministerial meeting on Syria in Paris today. HE the Minister reiterated Qatar’s commitment to fighting terrorism in Syria, stressing “the need to consider the humanitarian situation of brethren in Aleppo and all other Syrian cities” . He noted that the human factor should not be a bargaining chip to get a military or political gains.

HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that what is happening in Aleppo tantamount to a war crime, as the city still being bombarded by explosive and chemical weapons .. adding that “the regime had not been punished in the past and therefore it is indifferent about accountability in the current time, and it continues political siege and starvation. ” HE the Foreign Minister said, “The ministerial meeting discussed the Syrian opposition’s commitment represented by the President of the Supreme Commission for negotiations to fight terrorism and terrorist organizations, such as ISIS (Daesh) and Al Nussrah .. He added that these organizations were a result of terrorism of the Syrian regime and the sectarian militias that were fighting with it . He said that this regime should be held accountable on equal footing with the other terrorist organizations.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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