Focus on regime change a barrier to peace: Syria's Assad

Syria’s conflict could be over in less than a year, but misguided efforts to bring about regime change will make it “drag on,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said late Thursday. In an interview with Dutch television station NPO2, the embattled leader said only regime backers Russia and Iran — not the West — were ready to resolve Syria’s nearly five-year war. “None of them, only Russia and Iran and their allies, and the other countries that support politically the Syrian government… but not the West, no one in the West is ready,” Assad said, speaking in English.

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