Otherwise, Damascus threatens to take “retaliatory measures.”
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem demanded on Saturday the immediate withdrawal from his country of American and Turkish troops, warning that the Syrian military has the right to take “retaliatory measures” in case of refusal.
About 1,000 US troops continue to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. Turkey has also carried out several military attacks in Northern Syria against ISIS and Kurdish rebels from the people’s Defense Forces.
“All foreign forces operating in our territories without our permission are occupying forces and must immediately leave [Syria],” the Syrian Foreign Minister said, speaking at the annual meeting of world leaders at the UN.
“If they refuse, we have the right to take any retaliatory measures in accordance with international law,” al – Mualem said.
“The United States and Turkey continue to be illegally present in Northern Syria,” the Minister added, referring to attempts by Washington and Ankara to create “security zones” inside Syria “in violation of the UN Charter.”
Turkey plans to build housing inside the security zone to resettle 1 million Syrian refugees.
Western countries have accused Russian and Syrian troops of killing civilians in northwestern Syria. Moscow and Damascus deny the charges, saying they are waging a war against the militants.
“We are determined to continue our war against terrorism in all its forms, up to the destruction of the last surviving terrorist,” the Syrian Foreign Minister said.