A Syrian state television will show an interview with al-Assad in the evening on August 29. This past day its fragment was transmitted on the air, where he said that the government has managed to consolidate power.
“Patriots and just good people in these situations do not take to flight. Ultimately, this situation has been of benefit to us: we have cleansed the leadership and the country in whole,” said the Syrian leader.
“There is a battle going on both inside the country and in the international arena. The final victory will take time, but I can say that the matter has turned the corner. The situation is much better than before, though it is still far to the end of fighting,” he said.
He also criticized the authorities of the neighboring Turkey. “Will the Turkish leaders’ stupidity throw us back in time? We’d better remember that the people of Turkey unlike their leadership, in spite of everything, continue to support their neighbors,” said al-Assad.