Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. File photo
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Istanbul, Turkey – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he was able to defeat his opponents in the four-year-war in Syria, saying that the death toll reported by the Arab and Western media is “exaggerated”.
The Syrian official news agency SANA cited an interview of Assad with Portuguese television on Thursday, saying that Assad was surprised by the allegations of Gulf States, Turkey and Western countries which claimed that there is a revolution in Syria, wondering: “How can a revolution supported by the Western powers, the Gulf States and Turkey with money and weapons fail? While there is a dictator, as they claim, who does not enjoy popular support, succeed!”
Addressing the Gulf states, Turkey and the West, Assad said: “There are two possibilities: Either you are lying to us, or this dictator is a superman, but of course he is not! The issue as a whole is linked to the popular support, which is the main reason for the steadfastness of the Syrian leadership and people in light of the past four years of crisis.”
“Of course I don’t mean all the people, but a large proportion of the Syrians.”
During the interview, the Syrian president refused the description of Syria as a failed state. “Salaries are still being paid, and the state’s various institutions are still running, even in some areas held by the terrorist groups,” the Syrian President said.
“This is because the Syrians themselves are determined to fight terrorism and support the government and the Syrian army, in spite of the human tragedy they endure,” Assad added.
“We announced since the beginning of the crisis in Syria that there are terrorists trying to take advantage of the legitimate protests by some citizens,” he said, pointing out that the will of some countries, especially the Gulf States, Turkey and the United States, in overthrowing the Syrian state, through providing terrorists with weapons and money, brought Syria to this situation.
President Assad also stressed that the solution to the Syrian crisis is political, pointing out: “What happened during the peace talks of ‘Geneva 2’ was not what we were looking forward to, because we did not choose our counterparty, they were chosen by the Western powers and the Gulf States.”
“The counterparty must include national Syrians, not a group of Western-backed figures,” he emphasized.
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News