Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday his regime was in no danger of collapse and warned against any foreign military intervention in his country. In a rare interview to the Syrian TV, Assad insisted that security forces were making inroads against the uprising.
“It may seem dangerous ... but in fact we are able to deal with it,” he stated.
Assad also said he expected a parliamentary election to be held in February 2012, along with a series of reforms that would let political groups other than his Baath party to participate. The Syrian leader also dismissed President Barack Obama's call for him to step down, saying it has “no value.”
“I am not worried about the security situation right now, we can say the security situation is better,” he said. "We have recently made security achievements which we have not announced yet in order to ensure their success," he claimed.
He warned against military intervention, saying there will be “repercussions” to any country interfering in Syria's affairs. "We don't permit any country in the world, near or far, to interfere in the Syrian decision," said Assad.