Assad defends Trump's 'Muslim ban': 'It's not against the Syrian people'

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Assad defends Trump's 'Muslim ban': 'It's not against the Syrian people'

Assad last November said that the divisive United States leader would be a "natural ally" to Syria if he fulfils his pledge to fight "terrorists".

Mr Assad's ally, Russia, has been the driving force behind those with support from Iran and Turkey, despite the latter backing Syrian rebels. "And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany", Mr Assad said. "Everywhere is a priority depending on the development of the battle", he said, as a new round of peace talks was set to kick off in the Kazakh capital Astana. The army's control over the crossing in the southern strip of the city would sever the militants' access to the eastern and western parts of Dara'a.

"They said they interviewed few witnesses, who are opposition and defected".

The West has no right to decide on Syria's future instead of Syrians themselves, President Bashar Assad told France's Europa 1 radio station on Thursday. "So it's biased", the president said.

Regarding torture, he said, "We don't do this, it's not our policy", adding: "Torture for what?". Torture for what?. For sadism?.to get information?

"The West can not choose what is better for Syria: I or the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia)".

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In his interview, Assad criticized the West for its "passive" role in helping resolve the Syria crisis and said Western countries had "lost their chance of achieving anything in Geneva twice".

"If we commit such atrocities it's going to play into the hands of the terrorists, they're going to win", he said.

Disputes over the agenda have helped to torpedo previous rounds of Syria peace talks.

Bashar al-Assad said on in an interview with French media broadcast on Thursday that the travel ban, which included an indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees, was created to prevent "terrorists" from infiltrating the US.

"Russia's support is necessary to weaken the terrorists in Syria".

Pointing to the challenge facing the United Nations -led talks, separate Syria talks that had been due to take place in Kazakhstan were postponed on Wednesday for one day.

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