US slams Syria diplomat for 'inflammatory' speech

2014-01-22 14:59
US Secretary of State John Kerry, talks to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon prior to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (File, AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry, talks to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon prior to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Montreux - The United States is criticising Syria's top diplomat for his "inflammatory" speech at an international peace conference aimed at ending the country's brutal conflict.

The State Department said on Wednesday that remarks from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem were not in keeping with the spirit or aims of the gathering, which is intended to begin the process of forming a transitional government.

Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that instead of laying out a "positive vision" for Syria's future, al-Moallem chose "inflammatory rhetoric".

In his speech, al-Moallem accused the West and neighbouring countries of funneling money, weapons and foreign fighters to the rebellion.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon also lamented that al-Moallem had used his speech to attack other participants at the conference.

Read more on:    un  |  ban ki-moon  |  walid al-muallem  |  syria  |  syria conflict

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
16 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Your Winter Body Weight Workout

Cold weather does not mean you have to slack off on your workouts, here are some tips to stay fit in the winter.

 
 

Outdoor

The perks of power walking
Best ‘glamping' spots in the Western Cape
6 hiking routes you have to try
South African woman learns to surf at age 70

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You have a strong desire to share your ideas and communicate with significant people. Slow down a bit and make sure that the right...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.