Assad also noted that negotiations are not currently taking place between Syria and Israel at the moment.
By CODY LEVINE
Assad made the remarks during an interview with Russia’s Rossiya Segodnya news agency, which was also noted in Syria’s official SANA news agency.
Assad stressed during the interview that Syria can only establish normal relations with Israel “only when we regain our land.”
“We have seen no Israeli official who is ready to move one step forward toward peace,” Assad said.
Assad also noted that negotiations are not currently taking place between Syria and Israel.
Israel and Syria have long had a fraught relationship marked by numerous wars in 1948 and 1967, when Israel captured the Golan Heights, in addition to 1973 and a large-scale battle in 1982.
Amid the rise of Iranian influence in the region, and burgeoning Syria-Iran ties in the early 2000s, in addition to the Syrian Civil War beginning in 2011, Israel has had a tense relationship with the Syrian government, due to the latter’s support for Hezbollah and allowing the Iranian military to operate and set up base in the country.