ARA News - Exclusive
Qamishlo, Syria – Talib Ibrahim is one of the official media figures in Syria who defended the Syrian regime since the start of the crisis in March 2011 and is considered one of the most popular pro-Assad strategic analysers. He was born in al-Qonaytra in 1963 and graduated from the college of dentistry at Damascus University.
ARA News interviewed Ibrahim to talk about the last Syrian presidential elections and some other crisis-related issues.
In Ibrahim’s opinion, the recent election process “denotes the power Syria enjoys to fulfill its duties and rule its land”.
“Even under war circumstances, we need to hold the elections as it is the real proof of Syrian people’s will,” Ibrahim said. “Some internal and external opposition factions described the elections of being illegitimate. While they are themselves illegitimate. The National Coalition (SNC) was assigned by intelligence systems and the Syrian National Council was approved by (Recp Tayyip) Erdogan’s (Turkish) Government.”
According to Ibrahim, “73% of eligible voters headed to balloting boxes and voted, this is the real legitimacy, people give and take it not proponents nor opponents”.
Ibrahim stated to ARA News that the upcoming phase, after al-Assad won, “will be full of radical reforms in the political structure of the regime as well as the structure of the government and state”.
He emphasized that a broad national dialogue will be commenced among the different interested parties. “Moreover, the Syrian Arab Army will continue fighting terrorism.”
Talking about providing some armed opposition factions with lethal weapons by the Friends of Syria international group, Ibrahim said: “They cannot be friends as they send weapons to destroy Syria and kill Syrian people. By fighting the Syrian Army, they fight Syria; people and state.”
“Providing the opposition with lethal weapons will not change the equation. Syria has allies such as Russia, China and Iran who have been already providing the regime with extremely advanced weapons able to end the war. Arming the opposition will lead to more fighting but they (Friends of Syria group) will regret it,” Ibrahim told ARA News.
As for Geneva II peace talks, Ibrahim said: “If Turkey, Saudi Arabia and America have good officers, the solution would be possible. However, more than 90% of the Syrian crisis’ reasons are due to foreign interventions more than internal factors.”
Talking about the Kurdish issue in Syria, Ibrahim said: “Kurds have always been an essential component of the Syrian society. They were the bravest members of the Syrian Arab Army and had many martyrs for Palestine and other momentous issues.”
“After the expiatory attack on Syria, Kurds were under pressure to leave abroad and oppose their country, but they refused,” the pro-Assad analyser stressed.
In this regard, Ibrahim referred to the role of the Democratic Auto-Administration (led by the Democratic Union Party “PYD”), saying: “It defended the Kurds against Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and organized some livelihood issues.”
“The state’s authority became relatively weak in some regions, hence came the establishment of this Administration to complement the central authority. Therefore, we do not consider it an enemy as it defends Kurds from expiatory groups,” Ibrahim told ARA News.
Ibrahim finds the Kurds patriotic as they “refused to betray the country as Arabs and non-Arabs did or to be tools for foreign projects”.
Ibrahim expressed his hope that the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –linked to the PYD– will join the Syrian Arab Army as a standby “since they defended some military units and coordinated with our armed forces in many regions”.
“We have a mutual enemy; cross-borders expiatory groups,” he argued.
Ibrahim concluded saluting the Kurdish people “which has always been a partner for Arabs and Muslims throughout history”.
“We are proud that Kurds shared us the land, history and geography and will share us the same destiny,” Ibrahim stated to ARA News.
Interviewed by ARA News