September 29, 2018 / 2:53 PM / in 3 months

Syria foreign minister tells U.N. country is ready for refugee return

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem speaks during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia August 30, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that the country was ready for the voluntary return of refugees who fled during the more than seven-year conflict.

“We welcome any assistance with reconstruction from those countries that were not part of the aggression on Syria,” he said. “The countries that offer only conditional assistance or continue to support terrorism, they are neither invited nor welcome to help.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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