CAIRO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the "Libyan model" would not repeat in Syria, referring to foreign military intervention that helped topple former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi last year, Egyptian state media reported Thursday.
During an interview with Egyptian state-run Ahram al-Arabi magazine which will be published on Friday, President Assad said the Syrian government would not fall and the militant opposition would not succeed, official MENA news agency reported.
"The change wouldn't happen... through foreign intervention," Assad said.
"We are heading towards change through reforms," the Syrian president said, "Dialogue with the opposition is the only way to handle the crisis."
The "triangle" for strategic balance in the Middle East is Egypt, Syria and Iraq, according to Assad.
The Syrian president accused the militants of carrying out terrorist acts against all elements of society and of targeting infrastructure facilities against people's interests, adding that the majority citizens would not support those militants.
DAMASCUS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian pro-government radio said the Syrian troops destroyed Thursday three vehicles equipped with machine guns that belong to armed "terrorist groups" in the northeastern province of Raqqa, as activists alleged that a fuel station was blasted in Raqqa with many people injured or killed.
Pro-government Sham FM radio said the destroyed vehicles had been outfitted with DSHKA machine-guns at Tal Abyad area in Raqqa, adding that the troops also eliminated gatherings of armed insurgents at Tal-Asheq and Ein al-Arous in the same province. Full story
DAMASCUS, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed Wednesday that "true intentions" are key to the successful initiative on Syrian crisis, stressing his country has shown openness in dealing with all proposed initiatives, official SANA news agency reported.
Assad made the remarks during his meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi. He noted that the proposed initiatives should be built on the basis of respecting Syria's sovereignty, the free decision of the Syrian people as well as rejecting the foreign intervention. Full story