Assad: Trump's Travel Ban Targets Terrorists, Not Syria's People

Feb 17, 2017, 00:27
Assad: Trump's Travel Ban Targets Terrorists, Not Syria's People

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said that U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial executive order indefinitely banning Syrians from entering the country targeted terrorists, and not the Syrian people.

The Syrian government should realize that the Geneva talks will not be "about procedures but about the future of Syria", de Mistura added.

The Syrian conflict began when the Baath regime, in power since 1963 and led by Assad, responded with military force to peaceful protests during the Arab Spring wave of uprisings. The army's control over the crossing in the southern strip of the city would sever the militants' access to the eastern and western parts of Dara'a.

"I would like to say that work is progressing well, there are of course some difficulties but they can be overcome", he said without elaborating.

Mr Assad denied that his government uses torture and repeated his rejection of allegations by Amnesty International of killings and violence perpetrated on prisoners at a complex near Damascus. "So it's biased", the president said. "And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany", he claimed. For sadism?.to get information?

Assad told French media outlets Europe 1 and TF1 in an interview broadcast on Thursday that he prefers someone who is "not a warmonger" to be the next French president.

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He argued: "If we commit such atrocities it's going to play into the hands of the terrorists, they're going to win".

"The West can not choose what is better for Syria: I or the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia)".

Disputes over the agenda have helped to torpedo previous rounds of Syria peace talks.

Observers note that with its successes on the battlefield and its reclaiming of land lost in previous fighting, the Syrian strongman has both momentum and the support of Russian Federation and Iran as he seeks to finish what he started in March 2011, some 310,000 lives ago.

United Nations' Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has already made clear that the agenda of the peace talks in Geneva will not be changed. "It's about winning the hearts of the Syrian people, if we commit such atrocities. we wouldn't have (popular) support (through) six years" of war.