As­sad says he is open to so­lu­tion

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DA­M­AS­CUS: Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad has said that he is still open to a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment with the rebels in the coun­try’s south, but added that the mil­i­tary op­tion is also on the ta­ble.

“Af­ter the lib­er­a­tion of Ghouta, we had two op­tions (in the south): ei­ther rec­on­cil­i­a­tion or lib­er­a­tion by force. The Rus­sian side pro­posed to give a chance to set­tle­ment and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion like what hap­pened in other ar­eas,” As­sad said in an in­ter­view aired yes­ter­day.

He added that the is­sue had not been re­solved, and the Rus­sians, Amer­i­cans and Is­raelis are com­mu­ni­cat­ing with one another.

The Syr­ian army has seized much of the south from the rebels, which bor­ders Jor­dan and the Is­raeli-oc­cu­pied Golan Heights. It also lies close to the Syr­ian cap­i­tal of Da­m­as­cus.

As­sad ac­cused the US and Is­rael of hin­der­ing a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion by ex­ert­ing pres­sure on the rebels.

He also said Iran had no mil­i­tary bases in Syria.

How­ever, he said there were Ira­nian ad­vis­ers along with Ira­nian vol­un­teers led by Ira­nian of­fi­cers.

“When Iran or Hezbol­lah sees that ter­ror­ism is elim­i­nated, they will tell us that they want to leave back to their home­lands,” he added. – DPA

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