Syrian FM vows to liberate İskenderun from Turkey

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said his country will regain governance of the now Turkish-controlled Iskenderun province, also known as Hatay, the menafn news website reported.

“Iskenderun province is Syrian territory and will return to us,” Muallem said in a video clip circulated on social media.

Activists said the video was filmed when Muallem visited the village of Samra in rural Latakia.

According to the Diken news website, the video was shot by Al Jazeera journalist Saad Abedine.

Turkey assumed control of the province of İskenderun in 1939 after France withdrew from Syria. It was then renamed Hatay.

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