Dubai, SANA- Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous considered Saturday that the common challenges faced by the G77 countries and China require them to work to achieve a joint response.
In a speech delivered at the Group of 77 and China Summit held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Arnous thanked the friendly Republic of Cuba for its invitation to hold this summit, and reiterated his recognition to the United Arab Emirates for hosting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“Our meeting held on the sidelines of the COP28 climate summit is an expression of the spirit of deep solidarity and sincere partnership between the countries of our group, and is an affirmation of our determination to strengthen our efforts to defend our common interests and address the challenges that we face as a result of climate change, global warming and the natural disasters resulting from them,” said Arnous.
He noted that a large number of Southern countries still face major challenges on climate change issues, including implementing renewable energy projects and achieving food security, which impedes their ability to achieve sustainable development goals.
The common challenges we face require that we work towards a joint response that arises from awareness of challenges facing developing countries, which are not limited to economic and security concerns, but go beyond to include of the dangerous environmental situation on our planet, and natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and forest fires, he pointed out.
He clarified that the Middle East has witnessed a significant decline in rainfall for decades, which has cast a shadow over the agricultural production and led to a significant decline in the proportion of water per capita.
The terrorist war against Syria has increased the severity of environmental challenges, and in recent years, we have witnessed the extraction of Syrian oil through primitive methods by terrorist organizations and separatist militias loyal to foreign occupation forces, said Arnous.
He assured that water has also been used as a weapon by a neighboring country, depriving millions of Syrians of water and reducing the flows of the Euphrates River as a tool of pressure to achieve their political interests.
He denounced that the unjust coercive measures imposed by the United States and the European Union deprived the Syrian people of their basic needs, including fuel and gas, which led some Syrians to cut down trees to use them for heating and activities. everyday life.
The Premier concluded that despite all the challenges, Syria has taken many steps in the field of alternative energy and has enacted new laws to encourage investors to establish renewable energy generation plants, and has facilitated procedures to attract foreign investments. In this sector.