German government criticizes far-right MPs’ Syria visit

By MAXIME SCHLEE |

Reelected chairman of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) far-right party Joerg Meuthen gestures next to newly-elected co-chairman Alexander Gauland (R) during the congress of the party on December 3, 2017 in Hanover, northern Germany. AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The German government on Wednesday issued sharp criticism of the seven far-right Alternative for Germany politicians who traveled to Syria this week to “get a better picture of the situation on the ground.”

“Every day the Syrian regime shows inhumane actions,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said, adding that the suffering of civilians in Idlib, Aleppo and East-Ghouta is “a suffering that [Syrian] President [Bashar al-] Assad is commanding or accepting,” according to a Spiegel report.

“Those who court this regime are disqualifying themselves,” Seibert said. A spokeswoman for the foreign office said the ministry was not informed of the AfD visit ahead of time.

Source: Politico Online | News Now |

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