Mikdad to “CNN”: There is crackdown by extremist gunmen against government, civilians
Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad has said that what has been going on in Syria was ignited and fueled by extremist groups with religious affiliations.
Mikdad, who was speaking in an exclusive interview with CNN in Damascus, said the people are members of extremist religious groups and they are financed outside Syria.
Mikdad denied that there is a crackdown against the protesters who demand political change in the country.
“There is no crackdown,” said Mikdad, stressing that “There is a crackdown from these armed groups against the government and against civilians.”
Mikdad pointed out that extremist groups are respnsible for driving Syrians by force to go to Turkey,” insisting that Syria’s government is in no way blame.
Mikdad blasted European authorities as not wanting to know the reality and biased to the point that they want to support these extremist groups at the expense of the wishes of the Syrian population.
“If they believe this kind of pressure will change the political positions of Syria vis-a-vis the Arab-Israeli conflict, or the way we deal with Europe on … different issues, they are very wrong,” he said.