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President Bashar Al-Assad Interview with the Portuguese State TV


President Bashar Al-Assad Interview with the Portuguese State TV, March 4, 2015

DAMASCUS, SANA- H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad gave an interview to Portuguese State Television, RTP, following is the full text:

Question 1: In a few days, it will be 4 years since the protests began in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. From then on it has been a massacre. More than 220 thousand people have died, and there are 4 million displaced people. The arrival of Daesh (Islamic State) has made the situation more grim. For this reasons, it’s important to speak to a key figure in all this process. Today, he gives his first interview ever to a Portuguese media outlet. The Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad.

How do you describe your country today, Mr. President?

President Assad: Let me start by commenting on the number that you mentioned in your introduction, about the number of victims in Syria, which is 200,000, that’s been mentioned in the Western media recently, 220,000. That number is exaggerated. Always the West has exaggerated the numbers in Syria. Actually, it is not about whether they are hundreds of thousands or tens of thousands. Victims are victims, killing is killing, and terrorism is terrorism. Actually, it’s not about being a mere number represented on a graph, on a chart, like a spreadsheet. It’s about families that lost members, lost dear ones, lost relatives. It’s a human disaster we have in Syria.

This crisis has affected every part of Syria, every Syrian citizen regardless of his affiliation or allegiance. It affected his livelihood, food, medicaments, medical care, basic requirements like education. Hundreds of hospitals were destroyed, thousands of schools were destroyed, tens of thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands of students don’t go to school. All that will create the fertile habitat and good incubator for terrorism and extremism to grow. But despite all this hardship, the Syrians are determined to continue fighting terrorism, defending their country, and defying hegemony.

Question 2: Syria is not much of a country nowadays. The Syrian Army does not control all the borders, you have international coalition flying in your skies. On the grounds there are different entities. Is Syria as we have known it lost or finished?

President Assad: You cannot talk about a finished Syria when the people are unified behind their government and their army and fighting terrorism and still have institutions working. We still have subsidies, we still pay salaries, we pay the salaries even in some areas under the control of the terrorists themselves. We still have the-

The government is doing its job in fighting and defending its country: President Assad


Interview given by H.E. President Bashar al-Assad to BBC News, February 10th, 2015. Following is the full text: 

Welcome to a BBC News Special. I am Jeremy Bowen. I am in Damascus, in the Presidential Palace, the complex which overlooks Damascus city; and here we have been interviewing the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.

Question 1: Mr. President, you’ve lost control of large areas of Syria. The jihadist group that calls itself Islamic State has emerged. There are perhaps 200,000 Syrians dead, millions have lost their homes. The UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has called this the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world since the Second World War. Has Syria become a failed state?

President Assad: Syrian people have rejected the terrorists


Interview given by H.E. President Bashar al-Assad to Foreign Affairs Magazine, January 26th, 2015.

 Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad said that wherever the Syrian Army has wanted to go, it has succeeded, but the Syrian army cannot have a presence on every kilometre of Syrian territory, adding “That’s impossible.”

President Al-Assad: we have to defend the innocents against terrorists


DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Syria is against the killing of innocents everywhere in the world, reiterated H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad.

In an exclusive interview with the Czech Literarni Noviny, President Al-Assad pointed out that Syria has ever been telling Western diplomats that the West should not support terrorism nor provide political umbrella for it, because this would be but reflected on their countries and people.

''When it comes to killing civilians and apart from political stance, agreement and disagreement, the Syrians stand against the killing of innocents in any place of the world; and this is a matter of principle for us,'' said President Al-Assad in reply to a question regarding the recent events in France.

President Bashar Al-Assad: I am doing my best to save the country


Exclusive excerpts of Paris Match interview of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, granted in Damascus on November 28th. 

Are the coalition strikes helping you?

Bashar al-Assad:  You can’t end terrorism with aerial strikes.  Troops on the ground that know the land and can react are essential.  That is why there haven’t been any tangible results in the two months of strikes led by the coalition.  It isn’t true that the strikes are helpful.  They would of course have helped had they been serious and efficient.  We are running the ground battles against Daech, and we have noticed no change, especially with Turkey providing direct support to these regions.