Bashar al Assad goes old school in response to Trump's 'animal' insult

Bashar al Assad goes old school in response to Trump's 'animal' insult

Bashar al Assad goes old school in response to Trump's 'animal' insult

(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MAY 31- Syrian President Bashar al Assad denied the presence of Iranian troops in Syria in an interview with Russian television Russia Today quoted by Syria's government agency Sana.

In an exclusive interview shared in part Wednesday by Russian government-run news channel RT, Assad said he was unmoved by Trump's words, which were followed by USA -led airstrikes against Syrian government sites suspected of being involved in the production of chemical weapons. "If not, we're going to resort to. liberating those areas by force, ' he said, adding 'the Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave".

Israel called on Monday for its arch-foe Iran to be denied any military presence in Syria, after Russian Federation said Damascus' forces alone should control Syrian territory near the Israeli and Jordanian borders. He noted that USA troops are in the country with no legal basis, and pointed out the consequences of the United States having similarly entered Iraq with no legal basis.

"Next week I am going to Germany, France and Britain", he said Wednesday in Tel Aviv. If carried out, the deal would demonstrate an unprecedented level of cooperation and agreement between Israel and Russian Federation over how Syria should be divided.

Rebels hold stretches of that area and intensive Israeli airstrikes in Syria this month were prompted by what Israel said was Iranian rocket fire from the area into the Golan Heights.

"I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are".

Israel wants to see a deal that initially forces Iran to withdraw 70 to 80 kilometers from the border and eventually from all of Syria.

Assad said he would attempt negotiations first with the SDF, "because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners".

A spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), responding to earlier comments by President Assad, said that a military solution "is not a solution that can lead to any result".

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Assad's main backer Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, yesterday, at the presidential complex in Ankara.

"We need the Russian support, but we need at the same time to avoid the American foolishness in order to be able to stabilise our country". "We have Iranian officers who work with the Syrian Army as help, but they don't have troops".

Assad further said his government has two options in dealing with the SDF issue.

The observatory said Thursday that coalition air strikes on an Daesh-held village in east Syria had killed at least eight people, three of them children.

Assad has been battling rebels opposed to his rule since a popular uprising seven years ago plunged the country into civil war.

Israel is vehemently opposed to Iran maintaining a military presence in Syria, however.

He has since reconquered large parts of the country with a mix of military pressure and "reconciliation" deals, which he touted again on Thursday.

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