Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh, head of the Syrian delegation to the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly,
Syria demands the lifting of all forms of unilateral coercive measures imposed by Western countries on Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Belarus, Nicaragua, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, and Syria, he said.
Syria considers these unilateral coercive measures economic terrorism no less brutal and dangerous than armed terrorism, in terms of its catastrophic humanitarian effects on the targeted peoples, he added.
Sabbagh explained that the platform of the United Nations General Assembly was created to be a platform for dialogue and public diplomacy among member states, and not a platform for launching false accusations or launching hostile campaigns against each other, expressing Syria’s aspiration that the current session of the General Assembly will be able to fulfill the slogan it raised, It is: “Rebuilding confidence, reviving the flame of global solidarity, and accelerating the pace of work on the 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals contained therein in order to achieve peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all,” by working to translate it into real and serious action that contributes to giving all countries opportunities. It is fair and ensures that no one is left behind, and also strengthens the position and status of the General Assembly as the most representative body in the United Nations.
Full statement available in Arabic here.