Al-Assad: Supported by Syrian People, to Continue Fighting Terrorism
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad confirmed Wednesday that he continues to enjoy the support of the Syrian people despite nearly four years of aggression and international pressure.
"The people are against him, the regional countries are against him and the West is against him, and (still) he succeeded," Assad said, speaking in English.
The head of the Syrian state further added: "You're either lying to us or you're talking about Superman because if you don't have Superman, (if) he's a regular president, it means he could withstand four years only because he has the public support."
Meanwhile, al-Assad rejected the figures talking about more than 220,000 since the beginning of the Syrian crisis.
"That number is exaggerated, always the West has exaggerated the numbers in Syria," he said.
The Syrian President also denied all claims that Syria had collapsed into a failed state.
"We still have the institutions working, we still have the subsidies, we still pay the salaries... even in some areas under the control of the terrorists," al-Assad said.
"Syria is not finished and we don't have a failed state."
In parallel, he also supported a "political" solution to Syria's conflict but that much of the opposition was beholden to foreign backers, including Gulf countries, and he preferred to speak to "people who represent Syrians in Syria".
Al-Assad stressed that "the Syrians are determined to continue the fight against terrorism and to support their government," despite the "human tragedy".
He reiterated that the demonstrations, which came out in the Syrian cities and towns in the first months of the crisis, "were not peaceful," adding that "these protesters killed the cops, and the Western officials must inform the public opinion in their country, with the truth regarding Syria.
Al-Assad explained that the truth is what the Syrian authorities have been saying about the presence of "terrorists" in Syria.
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