Malaysia against bid to strike Syria

Malaysia against bid to strike Syria
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysia is opposed to any plans by the United States to strike Syria over President Bashar al-Assad's purported use of chemical weapons against civilians as it will not solve any conflict faced by that strife-torn country.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said there was bound to be collateral damage in any military action, which would end with more casualties.

"Malaysia has never been supportive of military intervention in any country.

"Our position is clear; that the world must give the opportunity to all warring factions (in Syria) to sit down for a dialogue to find a solution.

"Political solution (is the best). We have seen what had happened in many countries; what happened in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It (foreign military intervention) has not solved any problem, whatsoever.

"We believe the world must let the Syrian people decide the destiny of their country," he said here yesterday.

At the same time, Anifah said Malaysia was against the use of chemical weapons for whatever reasons.

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