Khaddam to Moscow to consult on Iraq . Political attempts to encircle military crowds

publisher: الجزيرة

AUTHOR: عبد الكريم العفنان

Publishing date: 2003-01-18

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Twenty-four hours before Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s trip to Tehran, discussions will commence in Moscow between Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam and Russian officials. The escalation of Syrian actions regionally and internationally appears to reflect a desire to influence international decision-making centers. The objective is to establish regional coordination capable of surrounding the current crisis and diminishing the likelihood of war. Moreover, they aim to explore potential approaches with international capitals to avert an inevitable catastrophe in the event of a military strike against Iraq. In light of this, a Russian diplomatic source in Damascus stated that Khaddam will endeavor to engage Russian officials in discussions pertaining to ongoing political efforts and strategies to prevent war.

During an interview with Al-Jazeera, the source expressed that Damascus is keen on intensifying its endeavors towards the permanent members of the Security Council in order to secure international support, preventing the United States from undertaking any military operation against Iraq. The source highlighted Russia’s position, which rejects any form of military action without an international resolution, and simultaneously seeks political solutions to address the present crisis involving Iraq. The source emphasized that Damascus is striving to counteract military escalation through heightened political initiatives. The matter at hand is not only connected to the international balance that could compel the Security Council to decide on the Iraqi issue but is also linked to global peace. Any potential war would transpire in a highly sensitive and intricate region, leading to further tensions, particularly in the absence of comprehensive international consensus on the matter.

Regarding Syrian concerns about the prospect of war, the source asserted that the issue surpasses mere fear or apprehension. There exists a realistic situation on the ground that carries numerous risks for the Middle East and the world as a whole. The source pointed out that the geostrategic geography of the region necessitates great caution when addressing the issue of war. Syria believes that war would constitute a strategic violation of the region, not only due to the precedent it would set by overthrowing a political system but also because it would reshape the balance of power in a manner that favors Israel, enabling it to exert greater control over the regional dynamics.

The source drew a connection between the visit of the Syrian president to Tehran and the forthcoming talks in Moscow. Preventing war requires simultaneous regional and international coordination. Iran, Turkey, and Syria are the countries most profoundly affected by the potential outbreak of war. The issue extends beyond economics; it pertains to the profound imbalance that such a conflict would leave on the regional map. Iraq, as the source explains, is an area characterized by historical population interconnections, which means that any crisis in Iraq directly impacts neighboring countries. This also elucidates Syria’s interest in engaging with the Iraqi opposition.

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