‘Fighting extremism’ top priority, says Assad…Read full details


A picture taken on March 9, 2017 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo which was recaptured by government forces in December 2016, shows giant banners of President Bashar al-Assad outside the historic citadel on the outskirts of the old city. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID

Syria?s future will be decided only after ?getting rid of extremists? and achieving political reconciliation, the country?s President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published Monday.

As the war that has ravaged his country approaches its seventh year, Assad told reporters it was ?still early to talk about? his vision for Syria?s future.

?It?s a luxury now to talk about politics while you?re going to be killed maybe in a few minutes, you have terrorist attacks,? he told a group of Western journalists, state news agency SANA said.

?So this is the priority, getting rid of the extremists, the political reconciliation in…

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