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Chechen leader meets with representatives of Syria’s internal opposition

November 15, 2015, 21:31 UTC+3 GROZNY
The meeting was attended by lawmakers, political, religious and public figures who were members of the National Reconciliation Committee
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Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov

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GROZNY, November 15. /TASS/. Peace in Syria can be achieved when the Syrian people consolidates to rebuff its enemies, leader of Russia’s North Caucasian Republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said on Sunday at a meeting with representatives of Syria’s internal opposition.

The meeting was attended by lawmakers, political, religious and public figures who were members of the National Reconciliation Committee.

"I reminded that terrorists from 51 countries were fighting against Russia in Chechnya. Not a single country helped Russia in that struggle. To achieve peace in Syria, people of that country should get united and rebuff their enemies. It is a big mistake to hope that this conflict can be settled in Western capitals. America and Western states are doing their utmost to keep the conflict running forever," Kadyrov wrote on his account in a social network.

He said the delegates had asked him to convey to the Russian authorities and the entire people the words of thanks for their support to Syria and solidarity with its people. In his words, the Syrian delegates said they were glad to come to Chechnya "to see with their own eyes how the task of rebuffing international terrorism and restoration of the republic was solved."

"They stressed Damascus had always been Russia’s strategic partner and now the Syrian people was pinning hopes on Moscow being aware that the West had done nothing to really fight against those who were mass killing women, the elder, children, who were ruining cities and villages," Kadyrov noted.

The final settlement of the crisis in Syria "depends only on the people of that country," he stressed, adding that Chechens who were fighting for the Islamic State could not be considered as representatives of his people. "They are not Chechens," he said.

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