the key role


“Iran highly appreciates the key role of President Bashar Al-Assad in preserving national unity in Syria and in fighting terrorism, in addition to his wise leadership that guaranteed Syria’s safety from the several crises that targeted the country,"

Hossein Amir Abdollahian, September 3, 2015.

The Middle East states should pray for Al-Assad

  Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries should understand that, if Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad's regime collapses, the terrorist group Islamic State will come after them, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov said.

"The states of this region, like Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, and perhaps some others, should pray for Bashar al-Assad. This is the last security line for them," Lukyanov told journalists on Wednesday, according to Interfax News Agency .

"If Assad's regime collapses, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be the next targets for the IS," he said.

"There are some 5,000 of the Saudi king's subjects fighting for the IS. Where will they return when the active phase of the confrontation comes to an end there?" Lukyanov said.

M. A.




extremely polite

 " I will continue having very important discussions with President Bashar al-Assad because he is part also of the solution.  President Bashar al-Assad must be part of the solution for easing violence in Syria, and he would continue discussions with him after talks in Damascus earlier this week."

Staffan De Mistura, the UN envoy to Syria, February 2015

  "President Bashar al-Assad looks remarkably relaxed for a man who has been at the centre of the catastrophe that has hit Syria in the last four years.

He is extremely polite, and smiles quite a lot.

But when it comes to defending his record, or the conduct of the Syrian armed forces, he is firm.

He repeated more than once, in different ways, during an interview lasting almost half an hour that as president he has been nothing more than a patriot, fighting to save his country from disaster.

War, he accepted, caused casualties. But Syrian soldiers, also patriots, would, he says, never harm their own people deliberately, as a matter of policy."

Jeremy Bowen, the BBC reporter, February 2015.


 "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “protected the Christians in Syria.”


US President Barrack Obama, September 12, 2014

Assad has more support


"Assad has more support than any group opposing him. “I'm not really sure we knew what we were doing.”

Brzezinski, the Former U.S. National Security Advisor, February 2015.

Instead, the president came toward me

 Arriving at the Damarose Hotel in Damascus, I was immediately escorted to a different location to discuss the conditions of the interview with the president's communication team. None of their requests were unusual for a head of state. They told me I would have an hour with Assad and that I could ask what I wanted.

The next day, after a light search and one car change, I found myself at a small hillside pavilion hidden in the woods. I was expecting a herd of PR people and bodyguards to welcome me. Instead, the president came toward me, shaking my hand lightly and warmly saying hello.

In contrast to the official military-style portraits of him plastered around Damascus, he appeared more like the optometrist he once was while living in the UK years ago. His gestures, though, were expressive and his hands long and white.

He looked like he would have liked a little more small talk but, as a journalist, I obviously had a purpose: I was there to ask the questions the whole world has been asking — such as 'why are civilians shelled?'—…

Some may argue that, in talking to him, we offered him a platform to expound his views and portray himself as the last bastion against the Islamic State. But as a journalist, I believe it was my duty to go to Damascus to ask him the questions in person. The reader can judge for him or herself.

By Régis Le Sommier/Paris Match. December, 2014.

M. Al-Ibrahim