Syrian FM says US coalition sparing IS in Syria

11 October 2017 | 15:35

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 11 October 2017 | 15:35

A file photo of Walid al-Moallem (AP Photo)

BEIRUT (AP): The Syrian foreign minister accused the U.S.-led coalition of wreaking destruction in Syria while sparing the Islamic State group. 

Walid al-Moallem said during a visit to Russia on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition has been "methodically destroying all except the IS." He claimed that Washington aims to destroy Syria's economy and drag the war out.

Al-Moallem said the Kurds are now vying for control of oilfields in eastern Syria and warned that Syria will reassert its sovereignty over the area. The Syrian army under Russian air cover has raced for control of oilfields in the eastern Deir el-Zour province.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with al-Moallem in Sochi that he would like to focus on a political settlement in Syria.

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