Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the close relations between his regime and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah consolidated the former’s position regarding “any aggression against Syria.”
“We are confident that the battle we are conducting with our allies is the battle of all of the resistance front… I am confident that the chief of loyalty [Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah] can contain the repercussions of any aggression against Syria,” Assad was quoted as saying by his visitors in the Thursday edition of the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar.
The Syrian president also expressed his optimism concerning the current situation in his country, especially after the Russian-American agreement to secure the stockpile of the chemical weapons arsenal owned by his regime.
“We have 1000 tons of chemical weapons that were initially a burden for us. Getting rid of them would have been costly and would have taken years, in addition to the environmental dilemma they pose and other problems that would need to be resolved. Let them then come and take them.”
“The chemical weapons are not and were not their aim. They wanted to change the balance of power and protect Israel.”
Assad also warned that his country possessed weapons that are more lethal than chemical weapons.
“Chemical weapons were manufactured in the eighties as deterrence in the face of Israeli nuclear weapons. Today, it is not a deterrence force anymore. We have deterrence weapons that are more important and more sophisticated to challenge Israel, which we can blind in an instant.”
The Syrian president also lambasted United States President Barack Obama, saying that he was “a hesitant and unstable person.”
“He is too weak to launch an aggression against Syria.”
Assad's government denies using chemical weapons against its own people, and has agreed to a US-Russian plan that will see it deliver its chemical arsenal for destruction.
The deal headed off US military action, but Damascus ally Russia is still wrangling with Britain, France and the United States over the wording of a UN resolution enshrining the accord.