President Bashar Al-Assad: Trump's Travel Ban Does Not Target Syrians

  • President Bashar Al-Assad: Trump's Travel Ban Does Not Target Syrians

President Bashar Al-Assad: Trump's Travel Ban Does Not Target Syrians

The Syrian government should realize that the Geneva talks will not be "about procedures but about the future of Syria", de Mistura added.

"Everywhere is a priority depending on the development of the battle".

Despite the ceasefire, Muslit said Assad and his allies were "still carrying out crimes" and he accused them of preparing a major assault against the rebel-held Ghouta region to the east of Damascus. "For us it is all the same, Raqqa, Palmyra, Idlib - it's all the same".

Mr Assad, however, insisted IS were "everywhere".

He called the Amnesty report "childish" with "not a single fact (or) evidence" to support allegations that about 13,000 people were hanged at the Saydnaya prison between 2011 and 2015.

"They said they interviewed few witnesses, who are opposition and defected. So it's biased", the president said.

"That is the agenda and we will not change it, otherwise we open up a Pandora's box", said de Mistura, whose attempts to apply the same agenda to talks previous year drew a sharp rebuke from Damascus. Torture for what?. For sadism?.to get information?

"If we commit such atrocities it's going to play into the hands of the terrorists, they're going to win", he said.

"At the end of the [Syrian] war, we could consider any solutions - ballot box, elections, anything is possible", Assad said.

Mr Assad spoke as peace talks were about to start in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

The Syrian conflict began when the Baath regime, in power since 1963 and led by Assad, responded with military force to peaceful protests during the Arab Spring wave of uprisings. "And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany", Assad said in an interview with Europe 1 radio and French television TF1 recorded on Tuesday and broadcast on Thursday.

Pointing to the challenge facing the United Nations -led talks, separate Syria talks that had been due to take place in Kazakhstan were postponed on Wednesday for one day.

"They did not want to achieve peace in Syria", he said.

"The West can not choose what is better for Syria: I or the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia)".

The talks on the sidelines of a G20 foreign ministers meeting come as Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, is in his strongest position since the early days of the civil war, and as Trump's policy on Syria remains unclear.