Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Meqdad blasted Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin al-Attiyah on Wednesday for threatening his country, and warned that Damascus will give an utterly harsh response to any foreign aggression.
Meqdad’s remarks came after the Qatari foreign minister said on Tuesday that “Qatar has been looking for alternatives under the United Nations umbrella to save the Syrian people” and using military option in Syria with the help of Saudi Arabia and Turkey is possible.
“Our response to any aggression will be very hard,” Meqdad said on Wednesday.
He said the role of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the destruction of Syria is completely evident, and reiterated, “Syria will defend its sovereignty against any country that wants to support massacre and terrorism.”
The Syrian deputy foreign minister underlined that Syria will not be an easy target for Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Al-Attiyah stressed Qatar’s continued “steadfast” support for the Syrian opposition.
Al-Attiyah’s comments came during a meeting with the Head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Khaled Khoja, in Doha.
Since the uprisings started in 2011, more than 300,000 Syrians have been killed and more than 10 million have been internally and externally displaced as a result of the fighting.