Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has called for a “Syrian solution” as the only way to put an end to the current unrest in the Middle Eastern country.
Assad made the remarks in an interview with Lebanese TV, Al-Mayadeen, on Monday, saying that such a solution must be found, regardless of whether it is recognized by foreign powers or not. He further noted that its recognition by Syrians matters the most.
The Syrian president also said that he “sees no obstacle” to his re-election bid in 2014 presidential polls.
“Personally, I don’t see any obstacles to being nominated to run in the next presidential elections.”
Assad has reiterated that he is not holding onto power and only the will of Syrian people would influence his decision and the fate of the nation in next year’s presidential election.
“As for people’s desire, it is too soon to talk about it. We can only discuss it when the election date is announced,” he said.
On May 30, in an interview broadcast by the Lebanese television Al-Manar, Assad said he would seek re-election if the Syrian people want him.
“If I feel there is any need for my candidacy, and that will be decided after consulting the people, I will not hesitate to stand,” he said.
On May 29, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said, “Will Assad run in 2014 or not? This depends on the circumstances in 2014 and on the popular will. If the people want him to run, he will run. If the people don’t want that, I don’t think he will. Let us not jump the gun.”
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.
The UN also says more than four million other Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country.
Two million Syrians are expected to take refuge outside the country while another 2.25 million are predicted to be internally displaced in the next year.