Publish dateThursday 19 December 2019 - 23:12
Story Code : 198463
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has expressed concern about the US plan to gain control over Syrian oil reserves, urging more cooperation from Turkey to help the government in Damascus.
Rouhani made the remarks in a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Thursday on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019, where leaders from several Muslim countries have gathered to discuss the ongoing problems facing the Islamic world.
Discussing regional issues, especially the developments in Syria, with Erdogan, Rouhani expressed concern about an attempt by the United States to gain control of Syria’s oil wells, calling for more cooperation between Tehran and Ankara to help the government in Damascus.
Last month, Syria told the United Nations that the US had been occupying its oil fields and looting its resources as the world body remained silent on the act of misappropriation.

"The US occupies Syrian oil wells and plunders the Syrians' revenues in the shadow of the UN Security Council's silence," Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja'afari told a meeting of the 15-member body in New York on November 13.
Ja'afari said the US state terrorism has targeted Syria in a bid to change the region's geopolitical map. "The Syrian war will end when foreign support for terrorism ends," he added.
Syria’s state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV reported on Monday that a large US military convoy had entered oil fields in northeastern Syria, despite widespread condemnation of the deployment as being tantamount to robbery. The reinforcements, the television said, had been dispatched to the provinces of al-Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr from neighboring Iraq.
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