Al-Shara meets Swiss deputy foreign minister on ME developments
Syria-Switzerland, Politics, 10/8/2002
The Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Shara on Monday received the Swiss deputy foreign minister France Van Dinkan and members of the accompanying delegation.
The meeting was attended by the deputy foreign minister Walid al-Mu'allim, the director of the foreign media department Butheina Shaaban and the Swiss ambassador in Damascus.
Discussions dealt with the tense atmosphere overshadowing the region due to the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians and the threats to strike Iraq, Syria said.
The visiting deputy foreign minister expressed the international community's appreciation over Syria's joining to the Quartet committee and the importance of its representation at the UN Security Council especially in this critical phase.
In this regard, al-Shara stressed that the international community as a whole and Europe in particular should play an effective role on the international arena in order to restore back balance to international relations and international legitimacy. He also renewed Syria's rejection to any aggression targeting Iraq's unity and territorial integrity.
Al-Shara also noted the importance that the UN to be the framework and the reference in dealing with all international issues and questions.
Following the meeting with al-Shara, the Swiss deputy foreign minister described relations between Syria and Switzerland as very good. He said that discussions dealt with best means to strengthen economic cooperation relations between the two countries.
He said that Switzerland sees that any UN resolution concerning Iraq should be made under the umbrella of the UN and that the Quartet committee should take into account the humanitarian aspect, the Geneva charter and the human rights law in dealing with Iraq.
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