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Bashar al-Assad quotes
My position is related to the constitution.
The terrorists occupy the main water source for Damascus, denying more than 5 million civilians water for more than three weeks. The Syrian army's role is to liberate that area. But the question is related to when, and our priorities. This is a military matter linked to military planning and priorities.
We are ready to negotiate about everything. Yes but my position is linked to the constitution. If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution. Who will be there from the other side? We do not yet know. Will it be a real Syrian opposition?
My view is that this is not a partisan issue.
After liberating Aleppo we can say not only the Syrian situation, but also the regional and international situation is different. Here time became history. Aleppo converted time into history.
What is happening today is the writing of a history written by every Syrian citizen. The writing did not start today, it started six years ago when the crisis and war started against Syria.
Hostilities end only in the areas where terrorists say they are ready to surrender or leave.
That is why we hear wailing and screaming and pleas for truces as the only political discourse now.
Liberating Aleppo from the terrorists deals a blow to the whole foundation of this project. To be realistic, it doesn't mean the end of the war.
Even if we finish in Aleppo, we will carry on with the war against them.
To be realistic, it doesn't mean the end of the war.
The decision to liberate all of Syria is taken and Aleppo is part of it.
We have to be realistic. The person who kills almost 600,000 shouldn't rule any country.
That's our mission, according to the constitution, according to the law, that we have to protect people, that we have to get rid of those terrorists from Aleppo. This is where we can protect the civilians.
Everyone who stayed in Aleppo, which was under threat of siege for a long time, has prepared for steadfastness.
I do not rule out that the revolutionaries will be able to break the siege soon.
You have to keep cleaning this area and to push the terrorists to Turkey, to go back to where they come from or to kill them. There's no other option.
Practically, yes, but in reality, no, because the United States doesn't have the will to work against al-Nusra or even ISIS, because they believe that this is a card they can use for their own agenda. If they attack al-Nusra or ISIS, they will lose a very important card regarding the situation in Syria. So, I don't believe the United States will be ready to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria.
When we come to this area we give a message that the Syrian state is determined to recover every area from terrorists.
By visiting this area [Daraya] we also deliver the message that the Syrian state is determined to recover every single area from those terrorists. We are determined to restore peace and security. We are committed to the reconstruction of infrastructures to rebuild all that has been destroyed at material and human levels.
He carried out air strikes on bakers, on civilians, merchants, bakers, food stalls. God help us. May God take his revenge upon them. God help us, look at all the body parts on the floor. God help us.
This war is not only about terrorism. It is true that terrorism managed to destroy much of the infrastructure and it managed to shed lots of blood, but it failed to realize the main goal, which is to strike at the main infrastructure in Syria, the social infrastructure and the national identity.
The transition period must be under the current constitution, and we will move on to the new constitution after the Syrian people vote for it.
The terrorists have breached the deal from the first day. We as the Syrian army are refraining from responding in order to give a chance to sustain the agreement. But in the end there are limits and it all depends on the other side.
We announced that we're ready.
If you want to say 'cease-fire,' it's not the correct word, because a cease-fire is between two armies or two countries.
We're going to deal with them like we deal with the terrorists. We're going to defend our country. This is aggression.
They (Turkey and Saudi Arabia) are merely following orders. Their present role is to blow their own trumpets in order to try and blackmail us if we go to another round of talks and are threatening us with a ground invasion if we don't offer concessions. If they were allowed to do this, they would have done so a long time ago, at least a few months ago.
Until now, we hear about them requesting a ceasefire within a week. Ok, then who is capable of bringing together all these conditions within a week? No one. Who will speak to the terrorists if a terrorist organisation refuses to adhere to the ceasefire, who will make them accountable.
First, you need officials in Europe to have the will to fight terrorism. This is something we don't find until this moment.
Soon we will see that all Arab, neighbouring and Western countries who have supported terrorism will pay a heavy price.
The first factor needed to guarantee the success of the Geneva Convention is to stop any kind of terrorist activity in Syria or the entry of terrorists from abroad into the county, and stop providing weapons or financial support to terrorists. If we fail on this point, the whole political processes will turn into a worthless illusion.
It needs a lot of money, it needs about one billion (US Dollars). It's very detrimental to the environment. If the American administration is ready to pay the money, and to take responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the United States, why don't they do it?
Nobody can tell what the repercussion of the first strike will be – you are not talking about one region, a big region, not only about Syria. It's an interlinked region, it's intermingled, interlocked, whatever you want to call it. If you strike somewhere you have to expect the repercussions somewhere else in different forms.
I don't agree with a military strike against Syria, even if the regime is guilty. We are looking for a peaceful solution, more people will be killed if they conduct a military strike, it's enough, people are homeless.
Terrorism and politics are polar opposites. Politics and progress can't function while there is terrorism. Terrorism must be attacked so that the political system can work correctly.
There are now a very large number of Hezbollah fighters in Syria, in Qusair, in Idlib, in Aleppo, in Damascus and I can say everywhere in the country. . Hezbollah fighters are invading Syrian territory. And when they continue to do that and the Lebanese authorities don't take any action to stop them coming to Syria, I think we are allowed to fight Hezbollah fighters inside [Lebanese] territory.
Any implementation of any meeting, including Geneva, should be subject a referendum of the Syrian people. This is our only condition – anything else is useless. That is why we are relaxed and would attend.
Here to Stay', Syrian President Assad's defiant.
To resign would be to flee.
How can we expect to ask Britain to play a role, while it's determined to militarise the problem. I think they are working against us and against the interest of the UK itself. This government is acting in a naive, confused and unrealistic manner.
The people of Iran rejoice today, for the release of her children and their safe return home.
The relationship between the opposition and the Syrian regime must be internal, but if an internal part is managed by the outside there is a relationship between inside and outside, between the country's liberation and it's independence. It has now become a matter of international politics, with outside forces becoming involved.
The problem is not between me and the people; I do not have a problem with the people because the United States is against me and the West is against me and many Arab countries, including Turkey – which is not Arab of course – are against me. If the Syrian people are against me, how can I be here?!
I'm no puppet. I wasn't made by the West to go to the West or any other country. I'm Syrian, I'm made in Syria and I have to live and die in Syria.
Sometimes we had information concerning defections and we would discuss it. Some would suggest we stop them. But we said no, stopping them isn't the right thing to do, letting them leave is the right thing to do … let's facilitate their exit. Any Syrian who leaves is no longer welcome.
A president shouldn't run away from challenge, and we have a national challenge now, in Syria. A president shouldn't escape this situation.
We need the international community to help us with weapons and we can easily remove Assad. Then we could liberate Syria quickly and in a short time.
They have recognised the Syrian National Council as a legitimate representative of Syrian people and that means the Syrian regime is no longer a legitimate representative for these countries.
That is not surprising when you see the appalling brutality that has been meeted out by elements of the armed forces in Syria against ordinary civilians and people who are protesting. I think it is appalling what has happened.
There is no order at any level to shoot at any civilian. Our priority is to regain security, which our country has enjoyed for decades. This can only be achieved by hitting the terrorists with an iron hand.
No there is a difference between having a policy to crackdown and between having some mistakes committed by some officials. There's a big difference.
Who said that the United Nations is a credible institution?
When our country is facing military threats, when it is a threat to our security, the talk of a balanced use of force become senseless. It does not matter in this case who is strong and who is weak.
If that happens, as Syrian opposition we will wear military outposts and fight with the Syrian army against them.
We cannot accept chaos and mob rule. We will not be lenient towards sabotage.
The people behind this conspiracy are mixing three elements, namely sedition, reform and the daily needs of the people.
We are going to speak with the Iranian leaders. As far as we know, there is no nuclear military programme. We are against all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
It is the handing over of this sovereignty to other parties that is a hostile move against Syria which will naturally create problems between us.
The commission must rectify these mistakes, and write an objective report that will tell the truth about Hariri's murder and clear Syria of blame.