BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad sat down Lebanese journalist Hosein Murtada of Al-‘Alam on Wednesday to discuss a number of topics affecting his country.

During the interview, Murtada asked the Syrian President about the upcoming military operations in southern Syria, to which Assad replied that his government was giving the rebels an ultimatum.

“No, contacts are still ongoing between the Russians, the Americans, and the Israelis, while nobody is communicating with the terrorists, because they are mere tools, and they implement what their masters decide ultimately. This is what happened, i.e. there was an opportunity to reach reconciliation, but the American and Israeli interference prevented that possibility,” Assad claimed.

Assad touched on the topic of Iran in Syria, stating that the west and Israel are purposely attacking the Persian Gulf nation, but that they were invited to deploy to his country.

“As for Iran in particular, let me be very clear: the Syrian-Iranian relationship is a strategic one not subject to a deal in the south or in the north. This relationship, in terms of its implications and results on the ground, is linked to the present and future of the region. Consequently, it is not subject to the price tags of the international bazaar. Neither Syria nor Iran has floated this relationship on the international political bazaar for it to be subject to haggling. The proposition was made by the Israelis with the objective of provoking and embarrassing Iran,” Assad stressed.

“At the same time, this comes in line with the international propaganda campaign launched against Iran regarding the nuclear file. It is not a separate issue; for everything happening now is linked to Iran in order to create an international position against it. As for us in Syria, the decision concerning our land is an exclusively Syrian decision. We are fighting the same battle, and when we have a decision concerning Iran, we will talk about it with the Iranians and not with any other party,” he continued

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Full interview below”

Video courtesy of Press TV

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ty ptv for the translated version