An attack by American forces will only be in Israel’s interests, will benefit al-Qaeda and cause terrorism against Americans, the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister has told the BBC.
Speaking in a lengthy television interview broadcast in Britain, Faisal Mekdad said that any US military action against Syria would amount to support for al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
He also told the BBC that armed groups backed by America—not Syrian troops-had used chemical weapons.
“Any attack against Syria is support for al-Qaeda and its affiliates, whether Jabat al-Nusra or the State of Islam in Syria and Iraq.”
Mr Mekdad also warned that US intervention would deepen “hatred for the Americans” and destabilise the whole Middle East.
He said that Mr Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for strikes showed that he had not thought through all the “consequences”.
“This did not change anything, since he (President Obama) is determined to launch an attack,” he continued.
“The US Congress usually thinks so much of the Israel interests,” he said. “Let’s see how they will think this time, whether they think it is in the interests of Israel to attack Syria or not.”
Mr Mekdad said that the consequences of an attack on Syria would inflame the region.
“It will cause more hatred for Americans and undermine their security inside and outside their country,
“It will lead to the weakening of international institutions [such as the UN] and terrorism will flourish everywhere.”
The Syrian spokesman also denied that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, and said that the only use of those weapons so far was by “armed groups supported by the US.”
He compared the evidence presented by the American government as “proof” to the lies and fake evidence presented to the UN over Iraq.
Asked about the Syrian government’s willingness to enter into peace talks with the “revels,” Mr Mekada said this was possible but that his country would “never, ever talk to al-Qaeda.”