In an interview released on Sunday, President Bashar al-Assad has claimed that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies are advancing on “nearly every front.”
In the interview with Hong Kong-based Phoenix television, Assad said the situation has “improved in a very good way” since Russian air strikes began on September 30.
“Now I can say that the army is making advancement in nearly every front… in many different directions and areas on the Syrian ground.”
Although groups monitoring the war have claimed government forces have made little progress, when following Al-Masdar News, it paints a whole different picture of the reality on the ground, especially in Aleppo Province.
When quizzed about elections, Mr Assad said:
“(It) depends on how my feeling is regarding the Syrian people. I mean, do they want me or not? You cannot talk about something that’s going to happen maybe in the next few years.”
Although he supported Moscow’s initiative of opening dialogue with opposition groups, he emphasised that a political solution cannot be achieved without the destruction of terrorism in Syria.
“We need to make the dialogue, but the concrete steps should follow at least a major defeat of the terrorists and the government takes control of a major area that has been captured by the terrorists,” he said.
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