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Foreign military intervention in Syria unnecessary: Malaysian FM

10-11-2011 11:31 BJT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia on Monday condemned the foreign military intervention in Syria in a pledge of solidarity with the Syrian government.

Its foreign minister Anifah Aman said foreign military intervention in Syria was unnecessary as conflicting parties in the country are capable of solving the political impasses through peace dialogue.

"As a friendly country, Malaysia does not want to see Syria embroiled in conflict, which will be detrimental to the Syrian people," he said at his office in the federal administrative centre of Putrajaya.

Anifah made the comment after holding a closed-door meeting with special envoy of the president of Syria to Malaysia, Bouthaina Shaaban, who explained to Anifah the situation in Syria.

Bouthayna is visiting Malaysia and Indonesia as part of the Syrian government's efforts to "head to the East" following recent U.S. and EU sanctions on the country.

Malaysia has close ties with Syria as both countries are members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

"We do not need foreign interference, especially from western countries, to control the situation in our country as we ourselves can control it," she told reporters after meeting with Anifah.

She also warned Turkey from inflaming the unrest in Damascus.

Clashes between the government and protesters in the West Asian country that started six months ago left an estimated 3,000 people dead, the United Nations said.

The protests prompted the U.S. and EU to impose sanctions on the Bashar al-Assad regime.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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