Bashar al-Assad: EU governments to blame for Paris attacks
In August 2014 the UN reported over 191,000 deaths in Syria since the start of the conflict, making al-Assad an expert on the senseless murder of civilians. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
Al-Assad accused European policymakers of being "short sighted" in their decision to support the 2011 Syrian uprising, inferring that this allowed the Islamist militants to rise to power and execute terrorist attacks.
France, and other European countries, rejected past offers from the Syrian government to join the fight against Daesh.
Presently approximately a third of Syria is now held by Daesh.
Al-Assad's proposed solution to the issue of terrorism is increased intelligence sharing.
"There should be ... an exchange of information between the countries concerned with fighting terrorism," Assad said in excerpts of an interview with a Czech monthly magazine published by Syrian state media.
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