DAMASCUS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his country is capable of confronting any external aggression, in reference to a possible U.S.-led strike against his country, local media reported.
Assad made the remarks during his meeting with visiting Chairman of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who arrived in Syria on Saturday.
"Syria is capable of confronting any foreign aggression as it confronts the daily attacks by the terrorist groups and those who stand behind them," Assad said.
The remarks came amid the U.S. threats to carry out a military operation against Syria, over an alleged use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people in the countryside of Damascus last week.
A day earlier, Boroujerdi told reporters that his visit aims to emphasize his country's support to Syria and Tehran's rejection of any war or aggression against it.
He also warned that any war against Syria would have repercussions on the entire region.
Iran, one of the main regional allies of the Damascus government, rejected any foreign military intervention in Syria and warned of dire consequences of such an aggression.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that he has not made a final decision on a military strike against Syria.
Obama said he was considering a "limited narrow act" in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, in remarks made before a meeting with three Baltic leaders at the White House. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday started a series of consultations with the United Nations member states on Syria amid escalating tension about the war-torn country.
Ban, who returned to New York on Thursday night from his shortened European tour, first gave the permanent members of the UN Security Council an overview of work by UN inspectors who arrived in Syria on Aug. 18 to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons there, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporter here, adding that Ban will reach out to other member states. Full story