Assad's wife 'defends Syria crackdown'

2012-02-07 13:47

London - The British-born wife of Syria's president has spoken in support of her husband for the first time since the 11-month uprising against his regime began, a British newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"The President is the President of Syria, not a faction of Syrians, and the First Lady supports him in that role," The Times quoted Asma Assad as saying in an e-mail sent via an intermediary from her office.

The e-mail is her first communication with the international media since the uprising against Bashar Assad's regime began, The Times said.

"The First Lady's very busy agenda is still focused on supporting the various charities she has long been involved with and rural development as well as supporting the President as needed," the e-mail reportedly continued.

"These days she is equally involved in bridging gaps and encouraging dialogue. She listens to and comforts the families of the victims of the violence." it added.

Homs girl

The statement came after Syrian forces pounded protest hubs with rockets and shells, killing 79 civilians on Monday, according to activists, and as Britain recalled its ambassador to Syria "for consultations".

Unlike her husband, a minority Alawite, the 36-year-old First Lady is a Sunni Muslim who originally hails from Homs - the central Syrian city rocked by some of the worst carnage since the revolt began in March last year.

Stylish and charismatic and with a degree from King's College in London where she was raised, the former investment banker had helped promote the soft side of an iron-fisted regime.

But she has virtually disappeared from the public eye since the revolt broke out and had drawn criticism for her silence on a crisis that has left more than 5 000 people dead in her country.

Last month she appeared with two of her children to support her husband of 12 years as he spoke at a pro-regime rally, but did not speak herself.

  • BA - 2012-02-07 14:10

    This is news?

  • Aston - 2012-02-07 14:49

    How do you defend the killing of 5000 people?

      BA - 2012-02-07 17:18

      Ask Russia and China.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 15:03

    The kids look very happy..

      BA - 2012-02-07 17:18

      :-) yip they look like real little brats!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 18:09

      They pissed at the old man for ordering the deaths of some 5000 of his fellow countrymen (men, women and children)

      Dan - 2012-02-07 20:53

      You would to if your surname were 'ASS ad' and yr daddy a mass murderer

  • inwardk - 2012-02-07 15:31

    Asma is being silly

  • Fred - 2012-02-07 18:45

    It's too late, but had she hung out with Rania of Jordan she may have come to influence her heartless husband in the right way.

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