31 May 2013, 11:12

Bashar al-Assad remains certain of his final victory

башар асад сирия

The more than two years long armed conflict between the Damascus government and the opposition in Syria has failed to dent President Bashar al-Assad’s confidence in the correctness of his policy and his final victory.

I insist that Syria will remain as it was, but will become stronger, al-Assad said in an interview with the Al-Manar Lebanese TV channel.

He also pointed out that the government troops’ success is due to the fact that rebel fighters have been deprived of external support.

He added that Russia would fulfil all the contracts signed, but refused to disclose the details of the delivery of Russian-made weapons, specifically the S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems.

The Syrian leader supported “in principle” the idea of calling another conference in Geneva to look for ways to settle the Syrian conflict.

He added that any decisions that this kind of conference could make should be subsequently approved by a nationwide referendum in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry came out for calling a conference on Syria in early May.

Al-Assad feels that handing over presidential powers to an interim government in keeping with an initiative to that end by the Friends of Syria Group runs counter to the constitution and would call for a constitutional amendment.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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