According to Assad, at the beginning of the war, Syrians did not understand "what was going on in the country," and they believed in "the Western propaganda."
"We always hope that this year will be the last. However, this is war, so we can not say what exactly may happen," Assad said.
The nationwide Syrian ceasefire regime was introduced on December 30, 2016, with Russia and Turkey being its guarantors. Terrorist organizations are not part of the ceasefire.