‘If you are worried about refugees, stop supporting terrorists’ – Assad interview

Europe is “not dealing with the cause” of the current refugee crisis, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian media, adding that all Syrian people want is “security and safety.”

It’s not about that Europe didn’t accept them or embrace them as refugees, it’s about not dealing with the cause. If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That’s what we think regarding the crisis.

If we ask any Syrian today about what they want, the first thing they would say – ‘We want security and safety for every person and every family’,” the Syrian president said, adding that political forces, whether inside or outside the government “should unite around what the Syrian people want.”

The “Syrian fabric,” as Assad has called it, includes people of many ethnicities and sects, including the Kurds. “They are not foreigners,” the Syrian president said, adding that without such groups of people who have been living in the region for centuries “there wouldn’t have been a homogeneous Syria.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to call on all forces to unite against terrorism, because it is the way to achieve the political objectives which we, as Syrians, want through dialogue and political action,” Bashar Assad said.