12 April, 2018
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) for the first time since Donald Trump issued a threat to conduct missile strikes against the Syrian Arab Republic. The entire report, taken during a meeting between the Syrian President and Iranian Supreme Leader’s Top Adviser for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, is reproduced below in its entirety:
“President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday received Iranian Supreme Leader’s Top Adviser for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, and the accompanying delegation.
The talks dealt with the accelerated developments in the war on terrorism and the political repercussions resulting from it.
Velayati congratulated President al-Assad and the Syrian people on defeating terrorism from the eastern Ghouta and liberating its people and riding them of the terrorists’ crimes.
The talks stressed that threats of some western countries to attack Syria, based on the lies fabricated by these countries and their tools of the terrorist organizations inside Syria, came after the liberation of the eastern Ghouta and the failure of a new bet of the bets on which western countries were relying upon in their war on Syria.
‘Whenever the Syrian army achieves victory in the field, some western countries rise their voices and intensify their movements in an attempt to change the course of events,’ President al-Assad said.
He confirmed that these sounds and any possible movements will further destabilize the region, which threatens the international peace and security.
For his part, Velayati said that Syria’s steadfastness in one of the most devastating terrorist wars and its people’s determination to win, despite all the foreign backing, funding and arming for this war, poses an example to be followed by every people that could be exposed to such kind of wars.
He stressed that Iran has been and will always be by the side of Syria”.
President al-Assad’s firm but calm statement mirrors that given by the Russian President yesterday when he appealed for calm stating,
“The state of world affairs invokes nothing but concerns, the situation in the world is becoming more chaotic. Nevertheless, we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail and international relations will enter a constructive course, the entire world system will become more stable and predictable”.
While the Russian President voiced his hope that the world would grow more rational and predictable, moments ago Donald Trump issued the following statement via Twitter,
“Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our ‘Thank you America?”
Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “Thank you America?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
Due to the volatile and unstable nature of Donald Trump, it remains unclear whether his recent Tweet is indicative of the US withdrawing its earlier threat to strike Syria or if it is part of a wider disinformation campaign designed to lure Syria and its allies into lowering their defences against a would-be criminal act of aggression by the United States.
Prior to the Winter Olympic Games of 2018, the US both threatened the DPRK and mobilised its military forces in the region of the Korean peninsula, although ultimately an attack was not forthcoming. However, it must also be remembered that while the DPRK threatened to retaliate with the use of nuclear weapons on US soil, Russia, the only nuclear armed ally of Syria, has not issued anything approximating this threat in respect of possible US attacks on Syria.