The official opposition in Syria on Thursday insisted President Bashar al-Assad play no role in the interim under any UN-sponsored peace deal. Continue reading
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad stressed that the summit meeting between President Bashar al-Assad and President Vladimir Putin is one of the most important meetings as it came before holding the tripartite summit in Sochi city in Russia and it conveyed a message that Russia stands by Syria and consults with it on sensitive issues.
In an interview with the Syrian TV on Wednesday, Mikdad commented on Sochi statement, saying that the language of the statement affirms the political sides which “we have dealt with over the past years, and it deals with issues of combating terrorism and the bases set to accomplish the political process.”
Answering a question on the UN role in the future political process in Syria, Mikdad said “We support the role of the UN in case it respects its Charter which embodies the sovereignty and the independence of the states and the noninterference in their internal affairs…when the UN practices its role on these bases we welcome it.”
“The committee to discuss constitution during the coming National Dialogue Congress in Sochi doesn’t have an official nature and it is a brainstorming process as the Syrian Arab Republic discusses its constitution according to the constitutional mechanisms adopted by the laws in force similar to the parliamentary elections which are conducted according to a constitutional mechanism and the ballot boxes,” Mikdad added.
He clarified that the battel against terrorism has almost reached the end and the remnants of Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh terrorists and the groups affiliated to them will naturally decline, asserting that the battel will continue till fully eliminating terrorism.
Mikdad called upon the states which are part of the illegal US-led coalition to withdraw from it, calling upon the US at the same time to stop its operations in Syria and withdraw its forces from it, and to combat terrorism according to the recognized international mechanism.
Syria’s army and its allies will keep fighting in Syria after the battle ends in Deir al-Zor province, where Islamic State has its last significant stronghold, President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday. Continue reading
Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iran’s leadership Wednesday in Tehran as the two Damascus allies push a Syria peace plan and the Kremlin offers its backing for a landmark nuclear deal facing US opposition. Continue reading
The Syrian President Bashar al Assad admitted the possibility of amending the country’s constitution. He stressed that SAA and its allies successes create the basis for political solution of the Syrian crisis. Continue reading
The last United States ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has won, that Iran is likely to stay in Syria, and that “this is the new reality that we have to accept, and there isn’t much we can do about it,” in an interview Monday.
In a major policy U-turn, US and Saudi diplomats have reportedly been urging the armed Syrian opposition to come to terms with President Bashar al-Assad’s role in Syria’s future as Damascus’ army irreversibly holds the upper hand on the battlefield against militant groups.
The Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday ended without any agreement as Moscow didn’t agree on any changes to President Bashar Assad’s rule or altering of the current Syrian constitution.
Countries that want to reopen embassies in Damascus or resume ties with the Damascus government must end their support for Syria’s rebels, President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday.