German politician has argued that the unilateral and coercive sanctions being imposed on Syria harm the people in Syria and only create unnecessary new refugees, calling on his government to fully resume diplomatic relations with the legitimate Syrian government.
Gunnar Lindemann, Member of Berlin regional parliament, told Syria Times e-newspaper: ” I reject the renewed tightened sanctions against Syria, against the Syrian government and against the Syrian people. This policy of sanctions must end, because these sanctions harm the people in Syria and only create unnecessary new refugees…The West must finally accept that President Bashar Assad is the head of the democratically elected Syrian government. We must end all sanctions against Syria and we should fully resume diplomatic relations with Syria. This is the only way we can solve the problems.”
He asserted that European Union and the German Merkel government are responding to the US call and will continue the policy of sanctions against Syria, although this is only about the US’s economic and political interests. “The US pursues its own economic and political interests. This has a strong influence on the EU and on reporting in Europe and Germany. The Syrian government is portrayed as evil in most of the European media, especially the influence from the USA. And Europe, and especially Merkel Germany, is too weak to put its own interests first,” the MP clarified.
EU blindly follows US interests He went on to say: “I find it regrettable that the Europeans blindly follow the interests of the USA here. Germany in particular must have an interest in working with the Syrian government. Over 800,000 Syrians have fled to Germany since 2015. In order to enable these people to return to their homeland, we –Germans- have to cooperate with the Syrian government as solutions can only be found here together.
He believes that it is now important to stabilize the situation in Syria and to rebuild the country, pointing out that this could only be done together with the Syrian government, with President Bashar al-Assad. “A stable Syria creates and protects peace in the Middle East. In my opinion, this is important for Germany and Europe, and we should work towards this together.” The politician affirmed.German politician to ST: A stable Syria creates and protects peace in the Middle East/By Basma Qaddour