Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that it is his duty to remain in the country during the hostilities, and he do not intend to leave the post of president.
“Personally, it would’ve been easier to leave and enjoy life, because the crisis does not give me benefits, but only imposes a responsibility. But my job as president is not in this. Now the situation has got out of the norm, this is war, and as commander in chief I have to stand at the head of the army, standing on the protection of my country. It is not the time to go,” he said.
According to Assad, the Syrian citizens, including those who previously supported the opposition, now support the power, because they want peace. He added that 70% of the population are currently in government-controlled areas.
The president noted it is impossible to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.