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Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad says the government forces will retake the whole country from terrorists.
In an interview with AFP released on Friday, the Syrian president said the process could “take a long time.”
Assad said the eventual goal of the government is to liberate the whole country from the control of the terrorists.
“Regardless of whether we can do that or not, this is a goal we are seeking to achieve without any hesitation,” President Assad stated. “It makes no sense for us to say that we will give up any part.”
He said that it would be possible to “put an end to this problem in less than a year” if all terrorists’ supply routes from Turkey, Jordan and Iraq were cut, otherwise “the solution will take a long time and will incur a heavy price.”
The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has claimed the lives of some 470,000 people.
President Assad also said his government “fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis,” but stressed that negotiations have nothing to do with uprooting terrorism. “If we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism. The two tracks are inevitable in Syria.”
The Syrian president said a major government offensive is under way in Aleppo with the aim of cutting off the terrorists’ supply route from Turkey.
“The main battle is about cutting the road between Aleppo and Turkey, for Turkey is the main conduit of supplies for the terrorists,” Assad said.
Meanwhile, the Syrian president blamed the influx of Syrian refugees into Europe on the continent itself.
He also called on Europe’s governments “which have been a direct cause for the emigration of these people, by giving cover to terrorists in the beginning and through sanctions imposed on Syria, to help in making the Syrians return to their country.”