Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday slammed long-standing American and European policies for fostering military escalation and chaos across the globe, according to the state news agency SANA.
In a meeting at the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Assad said the core of the American policy has been the “relentless pursuit of military escalation and the deliberate creation of disorder,” a strategy that Europe has mirrored.
He argued that the West and America consistently prioritize their own interests at the expense of other nations, stressing that such an approach is fueling conflicts in various regions worldwide.
Also on the day, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad deemed the U.S. and Western’s support for Israel in its current campaign in the Gaza Strip as a “blatant endorsement for Israeli forces to carry out atrocities against the Palestinian people.”
Mekdad condemned the U.S. and Western support for what they termed “Israel’s right to self-defense,” highlighting the devastating toll of more than 7,000 Palestinians since the conflict started on Oct. 7.
The Israel-Hamas conflict, as it entered the 20th day, has killed around 7,028 Palestinians in Gaza and at least 1,400 people in Israel, according to official figures from both sides.