Oil Minister refutes Kerry’s allegations of oil trade with ISIS

Damascus, SANA – Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Suleiman al-Abbas dismissed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements on Saturday, stressing that the Ministry has never sold or bought oil from ISIS or any other terrorist organization.

In his statements made during the press conference that was held after Vienna talks on Syria, Kerry accused Syria of having oil trade deals with ISIS.

These allegations are totally untrue, the Minister stressed in a statement, affirming that the Syrian government prohibits by all available means oil theft from the fields and wells in Syria.

The Minister condemned the sides which have encouraged and facilitated stealing and marketing the Syrian oil, stressing that those sides are the same countries that made marketing this stolen oil legitimate by resolution No. 186 dated April 22, 2013 which was issued by the European Union.

Al-Abbas asserted that the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is the only body authorized to invest in this national resource through its constitutions and companies, emphasizing that the only way to deal with these armed terrorist organizations is through “the guns of the heroes of the Syrian Arab army.”

Qabas/ H. Said

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