17:23 GMT +319 February 2017
    Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma Assad. (File)

    Assad Wants to 'Save Syria' in 10 Years

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    Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Saturday in 10 years he wants to be seen as a person who had saved Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The prospect of a truce in Syria resurfaced on Saturday after a source in the opposition group formed after talks in Moscow and Cairo told RIA Novosti that Russia and the United States had prepared a document on the "cessation of hostilities" to take effect after its approval.

    "The most important thing is how I see my country, because I am part of my country. Therefore, in 10 years I want to have been able to save Syria," Assad said in an interview with Spain’s El Pais daily.

    Asked to clarify whether he planned to remain in power over the next decade, Assad said "I do not care about my presence in power."

    "For me, if the Syrian people want me in power, then I will be; and if not, then I will not. If I cannot help my country, then I must leave immediately."

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and State Secretary John Kerry later explained the "modalities for a cessation of hostilities" have not yet been agreed on.

    The latest decision follows a series of meetings among stakeholders to the Syrian conflict, including the February 11 International Syria Support Group (ISSG) that adopted a communique calling for a cessation hostilities and swift humanitarian access to all besieged areas.

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      this does sound like a politician's speech...I don't know enough about assad to judge though...
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      The proposed "cessation" is just more smoke as it would include Daesh and al-Ciada affiliates which the UNSC has ruled will not be helped by any truce.

      Assad as savior? It's far too early to make that sort of assessment.
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      vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, he has been repeating this kind of discourse forever. Nothing new. Of course he is betting on winning the election. This bravado " I do not care" is for the media.
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      Assad should settle down, as he will always be known as the man who had the hot Syrian pie blow up in his face. Sometimes when he is quoted, Assad appears out of touch, but when hearing him speak - he seems to have a grasp on reality. Not sure why that occurs
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      Mr. Assad could have easily run away or sell his country. Yet, he chose to stay and fight for his people, all Syrians of good will. If that is not a hero, please pray tell what it is. It is truly a miracle that he is alive.
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      michaelin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
      elsa.zardini, or a good bodyguard force. :)
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      michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, yes, for many years he flew under the western media's attention and consequently many in this country. :)
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      Look closely. That waxy waving hand is covered and dripping with the blood of innocent children and women Assad has slaughtered in exchange for clinging to power. Such a 'savior'as this to Syria's people? The Karma of 1000 lifetimes will not cleanse such atrocities. His Karma will come back to him with manifest dividends.
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      Yes. Absolutely. An international anti-terrorist force is the way to go. But the invitation should not be limited to Syria, Russia, Iran, India and Brazil. Every country should be expected to contribute and then the slogan "You are either with us or you are with the terrorists!" could be applied. Any country not willing to join in would make it clear that they are on the terrorists side and against world peace.
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      Regardless of what we personally think of him the fact is Syria has been levelled and no matter who is in power after the war it will take 2-3 or more generations to re-build. Was it worth saving the country this way if Assad remains in power? I do not know.Was it better to surrender sooner? I do not know either. All I know is Syria will be one of poorest countries for many decades to come regardless of quantities of Syrian oil.
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      Considering Rafael Hariri in this interview talking straight and frankly about peace and appealing to the USA as an important partner in the peace process in Middle East was to end his life. He was to meet with Bush. Mentioning the '67 borders and the Golan Hights makes one think that the leaders fought for the same principles and with the assassination of Hariri Israel was the only one to benefit from it. And suddenly the satellites of USA/Israel were not available for information gathering; Israel didn't want to share any information on the bombing and USA satellites were - coincidently out of function. Reckon the pattern!
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      Assad's full most recent interview

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