Syrian govt condemns US general’s ‘illegitimate’ visit to Syria

US vehicle is pictured at a military base in Rumaylan in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province on July 28, 2020. (PHOTO / AFP)

DAMASCUS – The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned an "illegitimate" visit of a top US general to a US base in northeastern Syria.

In a statement, the ministry slammed the US Army general Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for making an unannounced visit to a base to meet US troops in northeastern Syria.

The visit was a "flagrant violation of Syria's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and unity," it said.

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The ministry also demanded the US government "immediately stop its systematic and continuous international law violations and its support for armed separatist militias."