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Deepening Relations: Syria and Russia Strengthen Strategic Partnership

Tue 26 Sep 2023 | 10:56 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Syrian and Russian leaders recently engaged in talks to enhance their longstanding strategic alliance. 

Bashar Sabagh, who led the Syrian team at the 78th United Nations General Assembly, held a discussion with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Vershinin.

Their conversation revolved around the importance of continuous collaboration between the two nations, especially in the context of Syria's current challenges, notably its humanitarian crisis.

The state-owned Syrian news outlet, "SANA", reported that during their conversation, Sabagh emphasized the aligned perspectives of both nations on upholding Syria's sovereignty and territorial boundaries.

He voiced the need to evict unauthorized foreign forces from Syrian territory and stressed the continuation of anti-terrorism efforts until the threat is completely eliminated. 

Moreover, Sabagh sought the immediate removal of unilateral sanctions against Syria and highlighted the crucial role of Astana-format discussions in ensuring Syrian stability.

Furthermore, Sabagh extended congratulations to Denis Francis, the President of the 78th UN General Assembly, expressing Syria's willingness to engage in comprehensive cooperation during his leadership.

Sabagh detailed Syria's hurdles in realizing sustainable development, including persistent terrorism, the detrimental impact of unauthorized foreign interference, and one-sided restrictive measures.

The President of the UN General Assembly, in his response, ensured his commitment to work with all UN member states, displaying particular interest in collaborating with Syria on the current session's focal issues.

He emphasized the essence of the UN Charter and international law, envisioning the General Assembly as a cornerstone for fruitful discourse among member countries.

It's notable that Syria and Russia have shared a deep-rooted relationship across political, economic, and defense sectors.

Their association became even more evident following the onset of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, with Russia significantly aiding the Syrian government.

The Astana-format discussions, which began in 2017, involve Iran, Russia, and Turkey, and aim to find a solution to the Syrian conflict.

The UN General Assembly stands as a pivotal component of the United Nations, facilitating dialogue and cooperation on global issues among member countries.