On April 4, 2019, Syria's much beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad met with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in Damascus. According to SANA (the Syrian Arab News Agency), the two gentlemen discussed issues facing both nations, particularly how the West and the United States was meddling in their nations. Mr. Arreaza's meeting with Bashar al-Assad followed a meeting in Beirut with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Here is the news report in its entirety:
During the meeting, President al-Assad noted that "the U.S. goal is hegemony over countries and appropriation of their sovereignty in violation of international law" and that the "…standard is to put pressure on countries that disagree with (the U.S.) agenda". Here is a tweet from SMM Syria quoting Syria's president:
Here is a tweet from Mr. Arreaza regarding the meeting with Bashar al-Assad:
The Deputy Prime Minister of Syria, Walid al-Moallem also met with Mr. Arreaza as shown here:
The recurring theme of the meetings in Syria revolved around America's attempts to exert its power to force nations to succumb to its ideal model for democracy through the use of military intervention and economic sanctions, despite the fact that these actions are in direct contravention of international law as stated in the United Nations Charter Article 2 (3) and 2(4) as quoted here:
"3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations."
As an aside, Venezuela has also backed Syria on Washington's recent announcement of the "Israelification" of the Golan Heights as reported on Venezuela's Foreign Ministry website here:
"Venezuela rejects U.S. intent to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights
As if harm and destruction created over the past decades in the Middle East by the United States governments were not enough; Donald Trump seeks to continue destabilizing the region by assaulting the sovereignty, integrity and security of the Syrian people, whose displacement by Israel has been condemned by the international community.
Through these actions, once again, the U.S. government mocks international law, multilateralism and peace, and attempts to conceal the criminal policy of the State of Israel.
Venezuela reiterates its conviction that the defense of peace and strict adherence to international law should be the only acceptable formula to solve conflicts, and condemns the irresponsible and blatant Trump’s administration attempts of inciting more violence and confrontation.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates its support and solidarity with the People and government of the Syrian Arab Republic in its call for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights territories."
Isn't it interesting how Washington's global nation rebuilding agenda drives nations that would otherwise have little in common into each other's "arms"? Venezuela and Syria may be world's apart when it comes to culture but the actions of the United States have driven them together. At the very least, it appears that the current civil unrest in Venezuela is following the pattern set by Syria back in 2011 and that it is part of America's new template for starting a regional war which will allow it to meet its global hegemonic agenda.
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