米国セキュリテイ担当高官が陸路ダマスカスを訪問: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年11月06日

米国セキュリテイ担当高官が陸路ダマスカスを訪問

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
US Looking for Escape Routes for Militants Fighting in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US that has been financing the militants in Syria is now searching for an escape route for them with the approaching defeat of the terrorist groups, the former commander-in-chief Viktor Bondarev said.

Bondarev said that in addition to military, logistical and medical assistance the US has provided for the terrorists, now, when ISIL's defeat in Syria is close to completion, overseas sponsors are looking for their charges escape routes, RIA Novosti reported.

He further said that the terrorists in Syria now are patchy and fragmented thanks to the efforts Russia has managed to undermine the economy of ISIL.

FARSNEWS2017/11/4
Senior US Security Official Arrives in Damascus to Hold Talks with Syrian Counterpart

TEHRAN (FNA)- A high-ranking security official from the United States arrived in Damascus last Tuesday to meet with his Syrian counterpart to assure him about withdrawal of Washington forces after annihilation of ISIL terrorists, an Arab media outlet reported.

“Damascus welcomed the US' first official figure from one of security bodies, without publicizing it,” the Arabic-language Lebanese al-Akhbar daily newspaper reported.

The daily also reported that the unidentified US official entered Syria via Lebanon's ground border, spending a few hours in Syria before returning to Beirut.

According to the report, the official “arrived in Beirut earlier this week and went to Syria by land on Tuesday, accompanied by Lebanese security officials to the Syrian capital.”

It said that Syrian officials remain reticent to meet with American officials until the US government alters its foreign policy with regard to Syria, where Washington has long pursued a regime change.

In the meantime, the well-informed sources said that the US official has organized contacts between the US security officials, including Head of CIA Michael Pompeo, with Chief of Syria's Supreme Security Council Ali Mamlouk.

The sources said that the US envoy to Damascus that has been mentioned as David told the Syrian security official that the US military forces do not intend to engaged militarily with any other side in Syria.

The sources quoted the US envoy as saying that the US do not intend to remain in any base in Syria after annihilation of the ISIL, adding that Washington does not promise to any opposition group to stay in Syria's soil.

Later, a senior regional official close to Damascus told Reuters on Friday that a senior US official met Syria’s national security chief in Damascus this week in the highest ranking visit to Syria by a US official since the start of the war in 2011.

The regional official did not name the US official who met Ali Mamlouk, adding that “It is an important step, but Damascus does not have confidence in the American position".

Syrian and US officials have not yet made any comments on the report.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be ISIL's targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying the ISIL terrorist group.

The US has long been accused of colluding with the ISIL to provide safe passage and logistic support to the members of the militant group in conflict zones.

FRSNEWS2017/11/5
Arab Daily: US Admits Assad's Legitimacy by Sending Envoy to Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Arab newspaper referred to a senior US official's meeting with Syria’s national security chief in Damascus earlier this week, describing it as an indication of Washington's admission of President Bashar al-Assad's legitimacy.

"By this visit, the US has clearly admitted that Assad will remain in power until further notice," the Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm wrote on Sunday.

Noting that the visit was made at the US demand and coordinated by the Lebanese sides close to both Damascus and Washington, it added, "The US and its allies have spent billions of dollars and used thousands of tons of modern weapons to overthrow the Damascus government militarily in the past 7 years and now one of their security officials makes a surprise visit to Syria."

According to the Arab daily, although the contents of the meeting and the message that the US official conveyed to the Syrian leader have been kept secret, certain reports said that Syria’s National Security Chief Ali Mamlouk has protested at the American forces' deployment in Syria, calling it "occupation".

A senior regional official close to Damascus said that the trip was the highest level visit to Syria by a US official since the start of the war in 2011.

The Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar first reported the visit on Friday, saying that the US official discussed security matters.

The regional official did not name the US official who met Ali Mamlouk. "It is an important step, but Damascus does not have confidence in the American position."

The US official traveled to Damascus via Lebanon.

The United States has supported the terrorists and opposition to President Assad during the Syrian war.
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