Lavrov suggested Marshall Plan for Syria
Russian Foreign Minister held a meeting with his Syrian and Iranian counterparts in Moscow to discuss the conflict in Syria. All three back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war.
Russia’s Sergei Lavrov once again denied Russian involvement in the deadly bombing of a school in Idlib and said sanctions were to blame for the problems civilians face.
He also suggested a Marshall plan was needed for Syria, similar to a Western agreement to help post-war Germany.“President Putin has suggested that we start thinking about a Marshall plan for the reconstruction of Syria. We think that terrorists are not the only ones responsible for the worsening of the socio-economic situation of the Syrian people but also the countries that are behind the illegal economic sanctions against Syria which strike first hand the civilian population,”
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem spoke of the fight to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS militants and the possible consequences for neighbouring Syria. “They don’t want to destroy ISIS, they want to pull ISIS from Mosul to Raqqa. So I’m happy to hear from Mr Lavrov the confirmation that we’ll prevent ISIS from reaching Raqqa,”
he said, referring to the US-led coalition.
Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted on the importance of intra-Syrian dialogue, but said that international political will is needed which, he added, is not there at the moment.