Former Japanese ambassador: Syria is secular state, western countries deepened the crisis
Tokyo, SANA – Former Japanese Ambassador to Syria Masaki Kunieda put blame on the western countries for having the Syrian crisis deepened through them having formed political opposition as well as armed groups. The Ambassador also blamed the western countries for imposing sanctions on Syria, stressing that those countries’ involvement has had its effect in creating the favorable conditions for deepening the crisis. Kunieda’s blame was expressed in a book he recently wrote. The book was titled “Contemporary History and the Current Syrian Crisis”. The negative role that media has played in promoting the so-called “peaceful revolutions” and “demonizing” the governments was highlighted in the book. The Japanese diplomat stated that international sides have interfered in the crisis in Syria acting upon their interests without any consideration to the principles of the international law and that of non-interference in the internal affairs of countries, holding the United Nations responsible for those acts. Kunieda included in his book his views and observations about Syria before the crisis when he was an ambassador, noting that President Bashar al-Assad had sought to encourage all spectra of the Syrian people to take part in the political and economic reform process and worked on achieving the principle of equal opportunities among the citizens. He also pointed out that Syria is a secular state where there is no discrimination between communities and religions.