DAMASCUS, Sept.2 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said if the Western countries have evidence about his administration's involvement in a chemical gas attack, they would have declared it, the state-run SANA news agency reported Monday.
"If the Americans, French or British have evidence about the alleged chemical weapon attack, they would have declared it," the president told the Le Figaro, a French daily newspaper, in a recent interview whose excerpts were carried by SANA.
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 on Aug. 21.
"Whoever accuses the Syrian army of using the chemical weapons should be responsible to show his evidence ... We have challenged them to provide one evidence to substantiate their accusation, but they did not, and will not do ... if they were in possession of an evidence, they would have already shown it," Assad said.
The Syrian leader, meanwhile, stressed that the stability in the region depends on the situation in Syria, adding that "the strong is the one who prevents war not the one who ignites it."
"If the United States wages an aggression against Syria, everyone will lose control and the result will be the spread of violence, war and extremism because the situation is not only related to Syria, but the entire region," Assad noted.
"What benefit will the world achieve from supporting the terrorism in Syria?" the president questioned.
Regarding U.S. President Barack Obama's recent tactic to resort to the congress to authorize the war on Syria, Assad said whoever wants to vote must ask himself: what good did previous wars bring to America and Europe? what result did the world achieve after the war on Libya and Iraq?
Any congressman must work for the interest of his country ... if they think logically, they would not see any interest to America in authorizing such war.
Explaining the situation in the region, Assad said "the Middle East is a powder keg and the fire has become so close to this keg . .. the matter is not related only to the Syrian response (to the U. S. possible war) but with what will happen after the first strike? Whoever puts the plan of war can tell you about the first step only ... but later no one can tell what will happen ... Everybody could lose control and the keg would explode."