President Bashar Al-Assad: Trump's Travel Ban Does Not Target Syrians

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The Syrian president on Thursday said he supports the Trump administration's immigration ban because it will help prevent terrorists from sneaking into Western countries.

"It's not against Syrians", declared the state leader for Europa 1.

Assad also said it would have been far more hard to fight against terrorists active in Syria without Russia's support.

"It's not a realistic idea at all", Assad said of the plan last week. "It's about winning the hearts of the Syrian people, if we commit such atrocities. we wouldn't have (popular) support (through) six years" of war.

Muslit, however, said the opposition had yet to receive an agenda for the upcoming negotiations.

De Mistura says the talks will be in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 aimed at ending the conflict in the Arab country.

This is based on three main points - establishing a new form of governance, coming up with a new constitution and early elections under United Nations supervision, he said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be the new boy on the block in Geneva, allowing many fellow diplomats a first chance to meet the new American envoy and attempt to glean a clear US policy. It was "the duty of any government" to retake all of Syria, he added.

Turkey, which has been a major supporter of the rebellion against Assad, has, with Russian Federation and Iran, brokered a shaky ceasefire.

"You have ISIS close to Damascus, you have them everywhere", Assad said, using another acronym for IS. For sadism?.to get information?

He was referring to the Geneva communique of 2012 calling for the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive powers that could include members of the present government, the opposition and other groups.

While diplomacy has failed, the Syrian government has been working to conclude local agreements to pacify rebellious areas, typically after insurgents have been defeated.

A fifth round of talks on Syria is set to take place in Geneva next week after two postponements.

Mr Assad spoke as peace talks were about to start in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

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