Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. File photo
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Damascus, Syria –Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected Monday the recent statements of the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the possibility of negotiating with him to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis, which has entered its fifth year.
The official Syrian state news agency SANA reported that President Assad has “completely” rejected Minister Kerry’s remarks, saying: “Anything coming from outside Syria’s borders regarding the crisis are mere bubbles that will disappear after a while!”
“Over the past four years, the Syrian people have repeatedly listened to such statements without seeing any acts or tangible results on the ground,” he added.
“We as leaders of Syria, must see acts, and then decide,” he said.
He also stressed that the Syrian people are the only legitimate party to decide the future of Syria, “thus we are not concerned about the statements made by Western officials regarding the crisis.”
Kerry said Sunday that he’s open to negotiations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the sake of bringing about a political solution to the four-year crisis in Syria.
“We have to negotiate in the end,” Kerry said in an interview with CBS.
“The United States and other countries are exploring ways to increase pressure on the Syrian regime to bring Assad to the negotiating table,” Kerry said.
“Everybody agrees there is no military solution; there’s only a political solution,” he added. “But to get the Assad regime to negotiate, we’re going to have to make it clear to him that there is a determination by everybody to seek that political outcome and change his calculation about negotiating. That’s underway right now.”
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News