DAMASCUS, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- A number of opposition figures and government loyalists declared Saturday the formation of the National Current to Salvage Syria, calling in their first statement for adopting the political vision of President Bashar al- Assad as an important step toward a political solution for Syria's long-standing crisis.
In a press conference held Saturday in the capital Damascus, Sattam al-Dandal, a member of the new current, read out the founding statement in which he stressed belief in a democratic, secular and civil state.
"Our aim is for Syria to remain united. We believe in national dialogue between the Syrians on a Syrian soil as the sole way to get rid of the crisis," the statement said.
However, the new current did not hide their suspicions about the broad-based opposition groups, calling for following all of their statements and revealing their relations with "the al-Qaida groups" on the ground. The statement also called for fighting foreign intervention in Syria "that runs counter to the Syrian sovereignty."
Many opposition currents and parties have been formed over the past year inside Syria after the issuance of the multi-party law by Assad. However, the Syria-based opposition groups are being considered by the exiled opposition as "government-friendly."
On contrary, the exiled opposition repeatedly calls for ousting the government by all means possible. Even their recent gestures for dialogue were based on the condition that the result of any dialogue must lead to the departure of Assad.