M’sia aims to help end conflict in Syria


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  • Monday, 17 Oct 2016

MECCA: Malaysia will continue with its efforts to ensure that the conflict in Syria, which has lasted over five years, is resolved as soon as possible.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday Malaysia was concerned about the bombings in Aleppo while the United States and Russia were trying to broker a ceasefire.

“Malaysia will try to find a solution so that the Syrians can prosper again,” he told Malaysian journalists at the end of his five-day official visit to Saudi Arabia yesterday.

Efforts to find a quick solution is in line with Malaysia's stand at the United Nations Special Meeting in New York recently.

Dr Ahmad Zahid reiterated that Malaysia would accept 3,000 Syrian refugees, adding that the Government had so far accepted 167 Syrian refugees, now in the Klang Valley.

“They are given education and employment opportunities,’’ he said, adding that the refugees included professionals and skilled workers.

“I will go to Lebanon and Jordan next year to bring in the remainder of the Syrian refugees,’’ he added.

On his visit to Saudi Arabia, Dr Ahmad Zahid said it was a success and thanked King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Naif Al-Saud for their hospitality.

“Malaysia can learn from the deradicalisation, placement of illegal immigrants and the experience and knowledge of the Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Madinah,’’ he added. — Bernama

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