Syrian President Basahr al-Assad said that everything in the world is changing regarding Syria, stressing that Damascus and its allies are on the path of victory against Takfiri terrorists.
In an interview with French media published don Monday, President Assad vowed that the Syrian army will fight until the liberation of “every inch” of the homeland from militant and extremist presence.
“Of course it’s our mission, according to the constitution and according to the laws, that we have to liberate every inch of the Syrian land,” he said.
“We do not consider that (retaking Aleppo from the militants) as a victory because victory will be when we have eliminated all the terrorists,” Assad said, adding however, that “it is a critical moment in this war because we are on the path to victory.”
Meanwhile, the Assad said that the Syrian delegation was prepared “to negotiate everything” in the upcoming talks with the opposition, which is to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana with the mediation of Russia, Turkey and Iran.
Asked whether he would step down as president Assad said “yes, but my position is linked to the constitution.”
“If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution,” he said, referring to the foreign-backed armed opposition.
Any constitutional matters must be put to a referendum and the people would elect any president, the Syrian leader stressed.
Assad, however, insisted that the opposition side attending the Astana talks had to have “grassroots in Syria, not Saudi one or French one or British one – it should be Syrian opposition to discuss the Syrian issues.”
The West, mainly the United States, and the Persian Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been generously supporting the militants fighting against the Syrian government in the hope of ousting Assad.