DAMASCUS – Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has
criticized the United Nations for failing to help victims of terrorism, saying his country deserves international support and the removal of economic sanctions sought by the United States. Participating in a U.N. international meeting on victims of terrorism via a video conference from Damascus, Mekdad said Syria has been fighting global terrorism on behalf of the entire world and has paid high prices with its human and economic resources. “Despite plans established by the United Nations to help victims of terrorism, Syria has not received any support to fight it or support its victims…. The Syrian people are subject to an economic blockade imposed by countries that have supported terrorism.” Mekdad went on to say that the Syrian people, who have resisted and suffered immensely from the crimes committed by terrorist groups, deserve the support of the international community to defend their rights. Mekdad urged the international community to help end the economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its Western allies on the Syrian nation.