Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad pledged that the army will retake the whole country from terrorists
However, in an interview with AFP released on Friday, February 12, Assad said the process could “take a long time,” stressing that the eventual goal of the government is to liberate the whole country from the control of the terrorists.
“Regardless of whether we can do that or not, this is a goal we are seeking to achieve without any hesitation,” Assad noted. “It makes no sense for us to say that we will give up any part.”
Besides, Assad hinted that it would be possible to “put an end to this problem in less than a year” if all terrorists’ supply routes from Turkey, Jordan and Iraq were cut, otherwise “the solution will take a long time and will incur a heavy price.”
Although he fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis, the Syrian President stressed that negotiations have nothing to do with uprooting terrorism: “If we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism. The two tracks are inevitable in Syria.”
Relatively, the latest round of talks on the conflict in Syria, which was held in Geneva on February 3, were suspended when the Saudi-backed opposition group, known as the High Negotiations Committee, refused to attend the sessions after the Syrian army again made significant advances against Takfiri terrorist groups on several fronts.
The Trudeau Liberals are backing the Saudi factions – a little known fact in Canada – as part of their perfidious contribution to the subversion and wrecking of Syria. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement on his meeting in Ottawa with Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on December 17: “I congratulated the Minister on his leadership in bringing together the Syrian opposition parties, an important step toward a much-needed political resolution to the crisis.” Its chief negotiator is Mohammad Alloush, a leader of the group Jaysh al Islam (Army of Islam). The U.S. is also pushing to include Ahrar al-Islam. Syria and Russia have said that Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-sham are terrorist organizations and propagandists for a military solution to the crisis and should not be part of what is called the opposition. Syrian forces recently killed Zahran Alloush, the chief of the “Army of Islam,” who was Saudi Arabia’s right hand in Syria. According to a recent analysis by Ghassan Kadi, “he is the one who staged the fake chemical weapons attack in East Ghouta in July 2013.”
With respect to the ground developments, the Syrian president said a major government operation is under way in Aleppo with the aim of cutting off the terrorists’ supply route from Turkey.
“The main battle is about cutting the road between Aleppo and Turkey, for Turkey is the main conduit of supplies for the terrorists.”
Meanwhile, the Syrian president blamed the influx of Syrian refugees into Europe on the continent itself. He also called on Europe’s governments “which have been a direct cause for the emigration of these people, by giving cover to terrorists in the beginning and through sanctions imposed on Syria, to help in making the Syrians return to their country.”
Assad dismissed UN allegations of government war crimes as politicized and groundless.
Source: Al-Ahed news
Iranian leader reaffirms stand on Syria: Syrians decide their own destiny
“Terrorist groups in our region and Africa are the protégés of American, British, and Zionist spy services”
As he received Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, Imam Khamenei said that Syria cannot be prescribed solutions from the outside, stressing that the Syrian are the only side who will decide their fate.
He also said that independent states must tighten their ranks to thwart plots by hegemonic powers.
“Domineering powers oppose warm relations between Iran and Africa and are also the major source of wars, conflicts, and supplies for terrorist groups,” the Leader asserted.
“The cure for all of these problems, however, rests in the gravitation of ‘independent countries’ toward each other and the enhancement of their cooperation.”
“Terrorist groups in our region and Africa are the protégés of American, British, and Zionist spy services,” Imam Khamenei said.
He also raised the question of how the terrorists in Syria were provided with the massive volumes of advanced weaponry and cash that they have been employing against the Arab country.
“The root of all problems is arrogant powers, most importantly the United States, and the Zionist regime is also the epitome of evil,” Imam Khamenei said.
For his part, Mahama hailed the Iranian leader’s remarks as encouragement toward the creation of a peaceful world and said, “Iran’s foreign policy is truly based on respect for [other] nations’ rights to determine their fate.”