Priority is defeating terrorism, says Assad

2015-09-16 15:20
Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Vahid Salemi, AP)

Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Vahid Salemi, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Beirut – Syrian President Bashar Assad says the refugee crisis now hitting Europe is a direct result of the West's support of "terrorists" in Syria.

Speaking in an interview with Russian media, he says the priority now is defeating terrorism in Syria.

The Russian president has said it is impossible to defeat the Islamic State group without cooperating with Damascus, and in recent days has sent about a half-dozen battle tanks and other weaponry to Syria. US officials have said Moscow is simply trying to prop up Assad.

In the interview, excerpts of which were carried on Tuesday, Assad addressed Europeans saying: "Stop, if you are worried about them [refugees], stop supporting terrorists."

The Syrian government considers all armed groups fighting to topple Assad to be terrorists.

Read more on:    bashar assad  |  russia  |  syria

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.