De Mistura welcomes Trump’s statements on the need to focus on fighting ISIS

Brussels, SANA – UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura welcomed the position of US President-elect Donald Trump which emphasizes focusing on fighting ISIS.

In a statement at the European Parliament on Tuesday, de Mistura referred to Trump’s statements which he made on several occasions and which emphasized the need to focus on fighting ISIS, saying that he believes that no-one will object to this.

De Mistura likened ISIS to the Ebola virus, stressing the need to fight ISIS in cooperation with Russia because it poses a threat to everyone.

Regarding the developments in Aleppo, the Envoy said that he believes that while everyone will keep talking about a political solution, there’s a clear acceleration in the direction of achieving a result on the military level in Aleppo, but he claimed that Russia should be wary about what he called “a victory at a high price.”

He also said that Syrian sides must hold dialogue if they want to achieve a sustainable victory over ISIS.

Hazem Sabbagh

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