Assad: I will not negotiate with ‘terrorists’


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday he will not join negotiations with opposition factions, state media reported.

Assad stressed that the majority of the Syrian people supports him, adding that he will not negotiate with “terrorists” on the future of the country.

His statement comes after calls by regional and international powers for negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition forces –expected to be held in January. 

“They want the Syrian government to negotiate with terrorists,” Assad said, referring to factions of the political and armed opposition.

“This is something I don’t think anyone would accept in any country.” 

“Whenever they want to change their approach, give up the armaments, we are ready,” Assad said.

“But to deal with them as a political entity, this is something we completely refuse.” 

He further emphasized that he would not leave Syria “under any circumstances”.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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