Corbyn criticised for appearing on pro-Syrian regime Al-Mayadeen TV

Corbyn criticised for appearing on pro-Syrian regime Al-Mayadeen TV
Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for appearing on a television network sympathetic to the Syrian regime and its allies
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02 August, 2022
Corbyn's comments regarding the war in Ukraine were seen as supportive of Russia [Getty]

The former leader of the UK Labour partyJeremy Corbyn, has been criticised for appearing on an Arab TV network close to Iran and the Syrian regime.

Corbyn appeared on the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen channel, criticising the West for their ongoing military support for Ukraine, which he said was prolonging the conflict.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Media outlets like Al-Mayadeen have supported Moscow and President Vladimir Putin in the war.

"Pouring arms in [Ukraine] isn’t going to bring a better solution, it’s only going to prolong and exaggerate this war. We might be in for years and years of a war in the Ukraine," Corbyn told the network’s Moussa Srour in the English-language interview from London.

His comments were considered by some observers to be supportive of Russia and excessively critical of the west.

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"Obviously we have to let the process run its course but clearly interventions like this do not help. I think the interview speaks for itself in terms of the choices he has made and continues to make and the arguments he wants to pursue," a Labour source today told HuffPost UK, with regards to the Al-Mayadeen interview.

In 2016, Corbyn said he regretted once calling members of Hamas and Hezbollah “friends” after he was accused of anti-Semitism.

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who previously led the rival Conservative party said in 2019 that Corbyn was more willing to sit down with the two groups than negotiate Brexit.

At the time the UK was in complicated talks with the EU over its departure from the trading bloc.