June 1, 2023

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Bashar al-Assad chose to boycott Zelensky in the Arab League and received a harsh response from the Ukrainian president.

President of Ukraine visited Saudi Arabia

President of Ukraine Volodymyr ZelenskyHe accused some Arab leaders of ignoring Friday’s atrocities Russian invasion of UkraineDuring a speech at a summit Arab League in Saudi Arabia.

Unfortunately, there are some in the world and here among you who turn a blind eyeIn the face of “illegal connections,” Zelensky told summit attendees, he urged an “honest look” at the war.

In this way, Zelensky made a hidden address SyriaUkraine was one of five countries that voted against the resolution condemning the invasion, along with Russia, Belarus, North Korea and Eritrea.

Zelensky’s surprise visit to the Pan-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia JettaIt will be his first trip to the Middle East since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

An Arab League official said AFP The call came from the Saudi government, not the pan-Arab body.

Zelensky explained how The war in Ukraine has affected the Muslims of the Crimean PeninsulaAnnexed by Russia in 2014.

“Crimea was the first victim of Russian occupation, and most of the victims of oppression in occupied Crimea so far have been Muslims,” ​​he said.

Zelensky also thanked the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin SalmanTo support the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine.

From there, the President of Ukraine went to Saudi Arabia on a French government plane PolandFrance’s ambassador to the Wahhabi kingdom said on Twitter.

Zelensky called for “independence” today In his remarks on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during the Arab League’s annual summit of heads of state, he lamented that the organization’s member states were “turning a blind eye” to Russia’s “illegal connections.”

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The Ukrainian was invited by Saudi Arabia to a historic summit with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was reinstated to the Arab League earlier this month after more than a decade of hiatus following the overthrow of the Damascus government in 2011. .

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (R) via video conference. Manual

In this sense, Zelensky wanted: “I hope most of us are here for peace and justice.”

The Ukrainian recalled that his country already had a positive experience with Saudi Arabia regarding the release of Russian prisoners, and confirmed his desire to “expand our experience” after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered to mediate between Russia. and Ukraine.

“Even if there are people here at the summit who have a different view of the war on our land and call it a conflict, I believe we can all come together to save people from Russian prison cages,” he said. Zelensky thanked the “majority” of Arab countries for their support for Ukraine “from international positions and the UN Charter.”

He also condemned that Ukraine does not have weapons comparable to Russia “Many Killer Drones from Iran” to the Russians, but he vowed to remain strong because “truth is on our side and we are expelling the invaders of our land.”

“This is why we are fighting, and a noble request to all of you to help protect our people, including the Ukrainian Muslim communities: we are sure that all your countries will understand our main emotion and main request. ,” he said. Zelensky.

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(With information from AFP and EFE)

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