DAMASCUS, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The United States has no genuine democracy, as facts have proven just the opposite of what it claims, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has said.
"The United States claims that it's the bulwark of democracy. Over the past years, many flaws in this democracy have emerged, and it is not a true democracy," Mekdad told Xinhua in an interview.
The foreign minister slammed the so called "Summit for Democracy" held by the United States last month, saying that the United States is not eligible to "determine which country is democratic and which is not."
"About which democracy are the Americans talking about? I think these are merely empty words, which aim mainly to mislead and increase division in the international community" and to try to create smoke and mirrors to "restore the hegemony of the United States under the pretext of democracy over the countries of the world," Mekdad said.
In Syria, the United States supported separatist groups, stole natural resources from the Syrian people such as oil, gas, and wheat, and imposed unilateral sanctions to affect the economy and livelihood of the Syrians, which aggravated the country's crisis, he said.
He doubted if these sanctions, which "kill" Syrian children, women and the elderly, and which affect everything and everybody in Syria in order to achieve Western goals, could be defined as acts of "democracy."
The United States wants to dictate its will on the Syrian people and wants the solutions it sees fit to be implemented; otherwise, it continues to occupy Syrian territories and control key national resources in the country, Mekdad said.
The foreign minister also spoke of China's efforts in fostering the discussion of democracy at the global level and in earnestly forging democratic relations between countries.
He noted that at home, China seeks to let the Chinese people control their own destiny; abroad, China interacts with other countries on a "just and equitable" basis, and provides assistance without political strings attached.