Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday stated that foreign elements are behind events in his country. According to him, the "power of every state lies in popular support". He added that the Syrian People who, with their awareness and will, "foiled foreign schemes," have once more proved their ability to safeguard Syria and build it through their determination to pursue reforms in parallel with encountering the terrorism backed by foreign sides.
During his meeting with Alla Alexandrovsaya, chairwoman of the Syrian-Ukrainian Friendship Committee in the Ukrainian Parliament and the accompanying delegation, al-Assad reiterated that what Syrian has been exposed to is a repetition of previous bids to weaken and destabilize it.
Meanwhile, American president, Barack Obama said Tuesday that the issue was not whether al-Assad would leave power, but when. Rejecting a proposal raised yesterday by Republican Senator John McCain to attack Syria, Obama said he felt that it was a mistake to think that the U.S. could engage in unilateral military intervention in Syria.
"Ultimately, this dictator will fall," he said at a press conference at the White House. However, he noted that there was no simple solution to the Syrian crisis, which began almost a year ago.