Syria has demanded the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from its territories and stated that it reserves the right to take action if they remain inside the country.
“The United States and Turkey maintain an illegal military presence in northern Syria,” Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday.
“Any foreign forces operating in our territories without our authorisation are occupying forces and should withdraw immediately,” he said.
Syria’s devastating eight-year civil war has drawn numerous foreign militaries and thousands of foreign fighters battling for power.
While most of the country has been retaken by the government, armed rebels still hold Idlib in the northwest, and the oil-rich northeast, which is held by US-backed Kurdish groups.
“Tens of thousands of foreign terrorist fighters have been brought to Syria from more than 100 countries with the support and cover of states that are known to all,” he added.
The Syrian minister added that these countries were using “terrorism” as a “tool to impose their insidious agendas on the people and governments that reject their external dictates”.
The war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since 2011, triggering an unprecedented refugee crisis….