Algeria urges avoiding military escalation in Syria

Source
Xinhua
Editor
Huang Panyue
Time
2017-04-10

ALGIERS, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Algeria said on Sunday that military escalation in Syria would undermine efforts aiming at reaching a sustainable cease-fire in the country, APS news agency reported.

"Any military escalation in Syria would only undermine the efforts of the international community as part of the process of political settlement to the Syrian crisis," APS quoted Abdelkader Messahel, the minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League, as saying.

"Algeria is following with concern the evolution of the situation in Syria at a time when dynamic efforts have been undertaken to reach a political and negotiable solution between Syrian warring parties," Messahel said.

Messahel's remarks came two days after a U.S. missile strike on a military base in Syria, in retaliation for the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar al-Assad against rebels.

"Algeria, which has always inscribed its approach within the framework of respect for international legality, deems that the solution to the Syrian conflict can only be political, based on inclusive dialogue, national reconciliation and the fight against terrorism," the minister concluded.

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