DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:10 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was interviewed by RTP TV on Monday to discuss the latest developments in Syria and the region.
During the interview, President Assad was asked about the the newly elected U.S. president, Donald Trump, and his policies in regards to Syria and fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
“We don’t have a lot of expectations because the American administration is not only about the President; it’s about different powers within this administration, the different lobbies that they are going to influence any President. So, we have to wait and see when he embarks his new mission, let’s say, or position within this administration as President in two months’ time. But we always say we have wishful thinking that the Unites States would be unbiased, respect the international law, doesn’t interfere in other countries around the world, and of course to stop supporting terrorists in Syria,” President Assad stated on Tuesday.
When asked if he would work with President-elect Trump to combat the Islamic State, President Assad stated he is willing to work with the Americans; however, there are different factors and players that might hinder such a relationship.
“Of course, I would say this is promising, but can he deliver? Can he go in that regard? What about the countervailing forces within the administration, the mainstream media that were against him? How can he deal with it? That’s why for us it’s still dubious whether he can do or live up to his promises or not. That’s why we are very cautious in judging him, especially as he wasn’t in a political position before. So, we cannot tell anything about what he’s going to do, but if, let’s say if he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be ally, natural ally in that regard with the Russian, with the Iranian, with many other countries who wanted to defeat the terrorists,” Assad added.
“If they are genuine, if they have the will, and if they have the ability, of course we are the first ones to fight the terrorists because we suffered more than any other one in this world from terrorists,” the Syrian President concluded.
Donald Trump is expected to take a much more lenient role towards President Assad than his opponent, Hillary Clinton, who wanted a no-fly-zone established inside the country.