Syrian Official Sees Turkey Israel Alliance a Threat to Region

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Syria does not support closer relations between Turkey and Israel and feels that they jeopardize the balance and security in the region," Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Raslan Allush said at a press conference. He pointed out that the Turkey-Israel military alliance was aimed at dominating the region and exerting pressure on Syria–as well as an effort to influence Middle Eastern countries. The first Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Vardan Oskanian added that any alliance aimed against a third country was unacceptable.

Allush mentioned that rumors on Azerbaijan joining the alliance were not yet verified–as Turkish reporting is not trustworthy. Similarly–he mentioned that one shouldn’t trust media reports alleging that the cooperation between Syria–Iran and Iraq is a military alliance. Allush feels that this is an attempt to justify the creation of the Turkey-Israel military alliance.

The Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister arrived in Yerevan on a three days official visit.

He plans to meet with Mayor of Yerevan Vano Siradeghian–and Chief of Staff Shahen Karamanoukian–Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian. He will also visit the man’script museum Madenataran.

"Today–Armenia is facing the danger of being pressured by the great powers. A document which may jeopardize the physical existence of Armenia’s of Karabakh may be presented to Armenia," Armenian Parliament Deputy Speaker Ara Sahakian said regarding the Karabakh settlement during his meeting with a delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister of Syria Raslan Allush on Wednesday.

Sahakian also pointed out that Azerbaijan neither provided nor was in a position to provide any real security guarantees to Nagorno-Karabakh.

"In fact–very serious guarantees are needed in such cases," the Syrian diplomat said–"otherwise the problem cannot possibly be resolved. Armenia with its hard-working people has a promising future–so the region’s security and stability should be ensured. It will be of benefit to Syria which is interested in the region’s stability."

Addressing the idea of cooperation within the framework of the international organization "Parliament Union," Sahakian emphasized that Armenian delegates were willing to cooperate with their Syrian and other counterparts at the upcoming conferences in Seoul and Cairo.

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