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Syria's foreign minister accuses US of promoting 'terrorism'

At the UN General Assembly, Syria's foreign minister lashed out at Washington, accusing extremists of prolonging the crisis, and denouncing other neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

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Walid al-Moallem, Foreign Minister of Syria, is guided to the podium before speaking at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday.

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Syria's foreign minister brought his regime's case before the world Monday, accusing the US and its allies of promoting "terrorism" and blaming everyone from neighbors and extremists to the media for escalating the war — except the Syrian government.

Addressing ministers and diplomats from the United Nation's 193 member states as fighting spread in the historic Old City of Aleppo, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem lashed out at calls in Washington and in Arab and European capitals for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down as interference in Syria's domestic affairs.

Al-Moallem accused extremists of prolonging the crisis and denounced countries such as the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey for supporting the opposition's "terrorism."

"This terrorism which is externally supported is accompanied by unprecedented media provocation based on igniting religious extremism sponsored by well-known states in the region," he told the U.N. General Assembly.

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