Assad: Syria Not to Waste Time with Terrorism Supporters

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Syrian President Bashar Assad said Paris should change its policies in the Middles East and be serious in fighting terrorism, adding that his country will not waste its time collaborating with terrorism supporters.

Syria will only share intelligence information with France if Paris changes its policies in the region,” President Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles.

“If the French government is not serious in its fight against terrorism, we will not waste our time collaborating with a country, government or an institution that supports terrorism,” he noted in the interview carried out the day after Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.

“You have to first change policy so that it is based on one criteria, to be part of an alliance that joins countries only fighting terrorism and not supporting them,” Assad added.

The Syrian President further said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level.

Paris was rocked by a string of deadly attacks on Friday night, leaving over 150 people dead in six locations around the city, in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.

President Hollande declared a state of emergency and ordered increased border checks.

The gunmen’s motives were not immediately confirmed.

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