In his first address since the outbreak of anti-government protests in Syria, President Bashar Assad blamed foreign and domestic "conspirators" for the unrest.
Protests demanding radical change have been raging in Libya since March 15. Tens of people have died so far. The Syrian leadership pledged last week to implement economic and political reform. On Tuesday, Syria's cabinet resigned in an attempt to appease demonstrators.
Assad said the aim of the conspirators was to "fragment and bring down Syria" and "enforce an Israeli agenda."
The Syrian president slammed what he called foreign "plots hatched against our country," saying that the people and leadership of Syria would overcome them.
"We should draw a lesson from what has happened," Assad noted.
DAMASCUS, March 30 (RIA Novosti)