“Recent general amnesty reflects efforts aimed to consolidate reconciliation and tolerance, Mikdad in a letter to his counterparts and the UN

Damascus, SANA- Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mikdad, addressed a message to his counterparts in the Arab countries and states of the world, and to the Secretary-General of the UN and the President of the Security Council, regarding Legislative Decree No. 7 granting a general amnesty for crimes of terrorism committed by the Syrians.

Mikdad, in his message, put his counterparts updated on the important developments in Syria, which come within the framework of the measures taken by the Syrian state for years to achieve national reconciliations,  and the return of the displaced and refugees to their homes.

Mikdad added that the amnesty decree No. / 7 is different from previous amnesty decrees and is exceptional in its legal, social and political nature, and it is a fundamental turning point of persistent official efforts, which reflects its will to consolidate the concepts of reconciliation and tolerance in a sustainable way.

He stressed that the competent judicial and legal authorities in the Syrian Arab Republic, implemented immediately the provisions of the decree, canceling all warrants for prosecution, search, arrest, summons in absentia, judgment notes and judgments in absentia issued against any Syrian citizen inside and abroad without any need to review any judicial or security or legal body.

Mikdad explained to his counterparts that the amnesty decree No. / 7 directed to Syrian citizens exclusively and excluded foreign terrorists, based on the Syrian state’s commitment to maintain regional and international peace and security and its keenness not give these foreign terrorists the chance to reach  the other countries.

The message recalled the previous amnesty decrees issued since 2011 which amounted to 20 thousand where detainees were released from the Terrorism Cases Court.

Thousands of Syrians also engaged in the processes of settlement and national reconciliations in the Syrian governorates and returned to their normal lives after cancelling all judicial or punitive measures that had been issued against them.

Minister Mikdad said that in the message that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates had asked all Syrian diplomatic and consular missions to receive all Syrian expatriate citizens wishing to benefit from all general amnesty decrees, including the recent one.

Mikdad  shed light on the artificial obstacles that still hamper Syria’s efforts to attain economic and social stability, foremost  of which is the illegitimate  foreign military presence of the Turkish and US forces and the so-called international coalition troops , and the dominance of the separatist militias affiliated with US over oil and gas fields and essential agricultural lands that  constitute the basic food storage for the Syrian people, as well as the destructive unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people, which hinder  an  early recovery process, the revival of the Syrian economy, and the return of refugees and displaced persons.

He called on the UN and the international community to consider what has been achieved in Syria in a deep and balanced way and to cooperate with the Syrian state and to support its efforts in developing a positive, constructive and productive political approach.

He concluded his message by stressing that the moment has become decisive to deal with Syrian government in a responsible, serious and neutral manner, and distance away from any politicized considerations that do not take into account the Syrian national interest and prospects for achieving security, stability and well-being for the Syrian people and efforts to combat terrorism.

Manar /Bushra /Amer.H.Dawa

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