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Syria pledges to go on with national dialogue, reforms: FM

08-10-2011 21:36 BJT

DAMASCUS, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem said Wednesday his country was determined to go on with the national dialogue and accomplish the package of reforms announced by the president, stressing Syria would emerge from the crisis "stronger and more powerful."

Moallem made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of diplomats from Brazil, India and South Africa.

According to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Moallem briefed the delegation on the slaughtering and vandalism by "armed groups" some Syrian cities had witnessed, adding that the army units had restored security and stability to those cities.

The delegation members voiced solidarity with the Syrian leadership, stressing that their countries would keep supporting Syria to restore security and stability and against any intervention in its internal affairs, SANA said.

They said they were confident that reforms currently underway in Syria could "create a new status quo in Syria that would meet the aspirations of its people," urging the international community to give Syria more time so that those reforms might yield fruits.

The delegation's visit came a day after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited the Syrian capital of Damascus, during which he urged Syria to end military campaign and stressed, according to SANA, that Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad would become a model in the Arab world after the completion of reforms.

Syria has come under international condemnation for its alleged crackdown on opposition protestors and military operations in some cities. The authorities brushed off the pressures as "interference in the country's affairs" and blamed the violent acts on armed thugs and ultraconservative Muslims who want to establish Islamic emirates nationwide.

The Syrian government pledged that there would be no letup in its crackdown on those gunmen to restore stability and security to the country.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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