DAMASCUS, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his allies would respond if his country were subject to foreign military attack, pro-government Sham FM radio reported Sunday.
The radio said Assad made the remarks during a recent interview with the American CBS network, adding that Assad also denied any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian troops.
The Syrian administration is currently in the limelight as Washington is garnering support for its planned military action on Syria, which came after the Syrian rebels accused the government of nerve gas attacks in the countryside of Damascus in August.
Damascus strongly denied the accusation, saying they were meant to draw in military intervention in Syria.
Commentary: Let reason prevail on Syria intervention
BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- As the U.S. Congress returns from recess Sunday to ponder President Barack Obama's request for authorization to strike Syria, it is high time to let reason prevail over recklessness.
Obama and his aides have launched an all-guns-blazing campaign to lobby for support both at home and abroad. The U.S. president even brought the topic to last week's G20 summit, which was supposed to focus on shoring up the world economy. Full story
Syria issue should be handled within UNSC framework: Chinese FM
TASHKENT, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Sunday night that the Syria issue should be dealt with under the framework of the UN Security Council (UNSC).
Wang, accompanying Chinese President Xi Jinping in a state visit to Uzbekistan, stressed China's stance in a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Full story
Assad may not be responsible for Syria chemical attack: German paper
BERLIN, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government forces may have carried out the chemical attack last month without the permission of President Bashar al-Assad, German media reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.
Germany's Bild am Sonntag paper, citing high-level national security sources, reported that a German surveillance ship operated by the intelligence service and deployed off the Syrian coast intercepted phone calls indicating that army commanders had been asking the president to approve the use of chemical weapons for the last few months but had always been denied. Full story