Assad: US should cooperate with Syrian government

Syrian president Trump suggestion of'safe zones not realistic

But when asked for evidence to back up his claim, Assad simply said: "You can find it on the net". This is where you can have a natural safe zone, which is our country.

He further said that restoring stability to make Syria safe again is less costly, and more practical that creating safe zones. "So, you can not defeat the terrorism without cooperation with the people and the government of any country".

The humanitarian disaster affecting millions of Syrian refugees was caused by the policy of Western countries as well as regional powers, which supported terrorists in Syria, country's President Bashar Assad said in an interview with the Yahoo News media outlet.

In dealing with the Syrian conflict, Assad has insisted that an understanding between Russian Federation and the United States is necessary.

On the number of terrorists among the 4.8 million Syrian refugees, President Assad said "no-one has any number, nobody knows, because nobody knows all the terrorists to give a percentage, no-one at all".

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Previous approaches the USA has taken to counter militant groups without the cooperation of local governments and populations had failed, he said.

All sides in the six-year Syrian conflict have been accused of atrocities and human rights abuses, and the Syrian leader acknowledged that government forces have made some "mistakes". "We own this country as Syrians, nobody else", he added.

On Feb. 7, the Amnesty released a report stating that the Syrian authorities in Saydnaya prison near Damascus carried out mass hangings of as many as 13,000 people.

Earlier, the Syrian Justice Ministry had strongly dismissed the Amnesty International report as "inaccurate and politically-motivated", stressing that such a bid is meant to ruin the Syrian government's reputation in international bodies. "It's not a realistic idea at all", Assad said according to the transcript. "They don't need safe zones at all".

"One cannot but feel disgusted about the atrocities in Syria's prisons that have been documented by Amnesty International, mainly in Saydnaya", said Hamadeh.

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