Syrian FM: Diplomatic opportunities not exhausted to resolve Syrian crisis
Syria believes that the opportunities of resolving the crisis in the country by political means have not yet been exhausted, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said today, RIA Novosti reported.
He said the U.S. intends to launch a military intervention citing the fact that allegedly the Syrian authorities have chemical weapons.
"If the U.S. believes this, then we tell the U.S that the political opportunities to close this issue have not yet been exhausted," al-Moallem said at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Some Western countries as well as Turkey have already supported intervention in Syria following another escalation of the situation. On August 21, media outlets reported a large scale deployment of chemical weapons near Damascus by Syrian Government Troops. Over 600 people were victims of the attack.
Earlier, the U.S. president declared that the use of chemical weapon is a 'red line' for the Assad regime. Media outlets reported on preparations of the Navy and Air Force of these countries to begin intervention.
The clashes between the government forces and armed opposition have been continuing in Syria for over two years. According to UN statistics, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is more than 100,000. The Syrian authorities say they are opposed by well-armed militants.