Bashar al-Assad says Iran's presence in Syria not negotiable, but deal over southwestern region is still possible
In an interview with Iran's Al Alam television broadcast, Bashar al-Assad says reaching a settlement in the southwestern region is still possible.
Beirut: Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said Iran's presence in Syria and its relations with Damascus are not negotiable and repeated the assertion that Iran has no fixed bases in Syria.
In an interview with Iran's Al Alam television broadcast on Wednesday night, he said reaching a settlement in the southwestern region, where Iranian-backed forces are near the border with Israel, is still possible.
Israel has repeatedly warned against any permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.
Assad said contacts are "ongoing" between the Russians, the US, and the Israelis, but said the relationship between Syria and Iran "will not be part of any settlement" and is "not in the international bazaar."
There has been speculation that Iran might pull its forces back from near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in some kind of settlement.
Biden said the US was preparing for Russia to take action that fell outside the parameters of a conventional warfare.
“When Russians say, ‘No, no, no, we don’t want to invade Ukraine’ what they mean is, ‘Yes, yes, yes, we do want to invade Ukraine,’” said Oksana Syroid, a former deputy speaker of Parliament.
The current Ukraine crisis and seemingly insurmountable differences between Washington and Moscow carry risks of economic warfare and military conflict