Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has stated that the terrorism issue exists in Syria due to Western support, naming the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terror group (former al-Nusra Front) as one of the key problems.
“Terrorism is not limited to Daesh. Daesh [terror group, banned in Russia] is just a part of terrorism. And while there are terrorist organizations like Daesh, al-Nusra Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham] and organizations with other names, this means that we are still at war. So the war on terrorism in Syria will be completed when the last terrorist in Syria is eliminated without reference to their name. Then you can really talk about a victory, “Assad told reporters.
The Syrian president stated that Damascus welcomed the role of the UN in the Syrian settlement, provided, however, that the organization was respect from the sovereignty of the country.
“If UN representatives come here to play any role in these elections, this role should be based on the UN Charter, which, in turn, is based on respect for the sovereignty of Syria and the right of its people to self-determination. And therefore, we are not worried about any part they may play. We can even say that we welcome any UN participation. But on one condition, that this capacity should be based on the sovereignty of Syria. Everything outside the scope of this condition will be rejected. It is important that this speech is clear now and in the future, “Assad said.