Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that his country was not setting conditions on making peace with Israel, but that it did have rights that must be restored, the official SANA news agency reported. "Resistance forms the core of our policy, both in the past and in the future. We do not put forward conditions on making peace, but we do have rights that we will not renounce," he told a meeting of Arab political parties.
"If we are strong we will achieve the peace we seek. Resistance is at the heart of the new Middle East we have begun to build," Assad stressed.