Syrian President Blames Refugee Crisis on West’s Support for Terrorists
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lashed out at the West for its continued support for terrorist groups, and underlined that the support was the main reason behind the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
Europe is “not dealing with the cause” of the current refugee crisis, Assad said in an interview with the Moscow-based Interfax news agency on Tuesday, adding, all Syrian people want is “security and safety.”
“It’s not about that Europe didn’t accept them or embrace them as refugees, it’s about not dealing with the cause. If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That’s what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees,” he stressed.
Assad’s remarks come as Europe is now divided over how to deal with the influx of people, mainly Syrians fleeing the four-year foreign-backed militancy in their homeland.
“If we ask any Syrian today about what they want, the first thing they would say – ‘We want security and safety for every person and every family’,” the Syrian president said, adding that political forces, whether inside or outside the government “should unite around what the Syrian people want.”
Assad further noted that eradicating terrorism in the Middle Eastern country must be a prelude to the resolution of dialog as a means to end the crisis in the country, Press TV reported.
The Syrian leader said dialog in his country should continue “in order to reach the consensus,” stressing that agreement cannot be reached on how to resolve the crisis “unless we defeat the terrorism in Syria.”
Some Western states and their allies support militants fighting against Assad's government, saying he must leave power, while other countries, including Iran, Russia, and China, back him as an important part of the peace process.
“If you want to implement anything real, it’s impossible to do anything while you have people being killed, bloodletting hasn’t stopped, people feel insecure,” Assad said, adding, “Only through dialog and the political process can we reach political goals, that the Syrians should set for themselves.”