Syrian FM says Trump administration 'lies' about withdrawing

Syria's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump's administration "lies" all the time about withdrawing its troops from the country

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria's foreign minister said Thursday that the Trump administration "lies" all the time about withdrawing its troops from the country, and that its decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights increases America's isolation, "even among its closest allies."

"Trump's attempts to give Israel sovereignty over the Golan have only one effect ... which is to increase America's isolation even from its closest allies," al-Moallem said.

Venezuela's government has traditionally had warm relations with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. Arreaza met with Assad later Thursday, after which he said both Syria and Venezuela "face the same enemy and resist with the same popular will."

He said the government still hopes to resolve Venezuela's crisis through dialogue. The country has been rocked by protests and social unrest fueled by a severe economic crisis.

Al-Moallem, at the press conference, also vowed to liberate the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

"Our patience has its limits. We must liberate this land," he said, accusing Turkey of repeatedly violating a cease-fire agreement there.

He accused the Trump administration of going back and forth and lying about its intention to withdraw the 2,500 troops the U.S. maintains in northern Syria. "It is clear for everyone that this administration lies," he said.