DAMASCUS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Prime Minister Wael al- Halki on Monday called for a "qualitative" cabinet meeting to lay out the necessary mechanisms for the "national program" proposed a day earlier by President Bashar al-Assad, the state TV reported.
During his speech to the nation on Sunday, Assad presented what he described as a new peace plan to end the crisis in Syria, a move that has been dismissed by his opponents as a ploy to cling on to power.
He offered a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution. But he also demanded that other countries must first stop helping opposition fighters.
It was Assad's first public speech to the nation in six months. Speaking in front of cheering supporters packing the Damascus Opera House, he said the government remained open to finding a political solution to the crisis.
"In spite of everything that's happened, we shall always reach out for dialogue. We will negotiate with all those who oppose us through politics, and everyone who criticizes us while abiding by the principals of the nation. We will negotiate with parties and individuals who do not sell their nation to outside forces," he said.
DAMASCUS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has put forward a new vision for a political solution to the 22- month deadly crisis. However, hopes of a breakthrough have faded, as the Western-backed exiled opposition dismissed the vision, conditioning their embarking on a political process on Assad's departure and threatening to "keep fighting till the liberation of Syria."
In his first address to the nation since June 2012, Assad appeared Sunday among hundreds of his loyalists at the Opera House in the capital Damascus and struck up his three-point vision for a political solution to the bloody crisis. The new initiative includes a cease-fire, followed by a comprehensive national dialogue conference, and the establishment of a broad-based government and parliament. Full story
DAMASCUS, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday put forward his own roadmap for a political solution to the country's 22-month old crisis, which is based on halting the international support to the armed groups currently fighting on ground.
In his first televised speech since June 4, 2012, Assad appeared among hundreds of his loyalists at the Opera House in the capital Damascus. Dressed in a black suit, the embattled leader stood on a brown podium, with a huge poster of the Syrian flag as the background, where there were also small photos of the army's martyrs. Full story