Bashar al Assad: Syria: President Bashar Al Assad:
Full interview and Transcript. We bring to the attention of our readers, the full interview of President Bashar Al-Assad with the Lebanese al Manar Tv channel. The English transcript is provided below: Interview given by President al-Assad to Lebanese Al-Manar TV broadcasted on Thursday. Following is the full text of the interview: Al Manar: In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Assalamu Alaikum. Bloodshed in Syria continues unabated. This is the only constant over which there is little disagreement between those loyal to the Syrian state and those opposed to it. However, there is no common ground over the other constant over which there is little disagreement between those loyal to the Syrian state, and those opposed to it. However, there is no common ground over the other constants and details two years into the current crisis. At the same time, a great deal was said about the imminent fall of the regime. Deadlines were set and missed, and all those bets were lost. Today, we are here in the heart of Damascus, enjoying the hospitality of a president who has become a source of consternation to many of his opponents, who are still unable to understand the equations that have played havoc with their calculations and prevented his ouster from the Syrian political scene. This unpleasant and unexpected outcome for his opponents upset their schemes and plots because they didn't take into account one self evident question: what happens if the regime doesn't fall? What if President Assad doesn't leave the Syrian scene? Of course, there are no clear answers, and the result is more destruction, killing and bloodshed. Today there is talk of a critical juncture for Syria. The Syrian Army has moved from defense to attack, achieving one success after another. On a parallel level, stagnant diplomatic waters have been shaken by discussions over Geneva 2 conference becoming a recurrent theme in the statements of all parties. There are many questions which need answers, political settlement, resorting to the military option to decide the outcome, the enemy's direct interference with the course of events in the current crisis, the new equations on the Golan Heights, the relationship with opponents and friends. What is the Syrian leadership's plan for a way out of a complex and dangerous crisis, whose ramifications have started to spill over into neighboring countries? It is our great pleasure tonight to put these questions to H. E. President Bashar al Assad. Assalamu Alaikum, Mr. President. You are most welcome in Damascus. Mr. President, we are in the heart of the People's Palace, two and a half years into the Syrian crisis.