Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said on Friday that negotiations between his country and the United States would be a waste of time.
His comments came in an interview with the NTV channel and quoted by the Tass news agency. Assad’s administration posted a fragment of the interview on its official Telegram channel.
“The negotiations with the US will not lead to anything right now, it’s a waste of time. We don’t want to talk with the Americans not because they’re American.”
“We are ready to talk with anyone, if we can achieve results together. We think that the U.S. policy will not change in the future,” Assad was quoted as having said when asked whether a meeting between him and President Donald Trump is possible.
American presidents become “hostages to lobbyists, media and big corporations,” he claimed, adding, “They can tell you what you want to hear, but do the opposite. And the situation is becoming worse and worse.”
Assad has repeatedly rejected ties with the United States and other countries that support Syrian terrorists.