During an interview on the German ARD television station, Assad accused Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar of assisting the opposition he called 'armed terrorists'. According to Assad, Saudi Arabia and Qatar supposedly supplying the opposition with weapons, while Turkey, he stated, offers logistical support.
Blaming a number of countries, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, for obstructing the Annan plan, Assad stated, "These nations are assisting terrorists with funds and weapons."
USA WANTS TO DESTABLIZE SYRIA
The Syrian leader also accused the United States of offering the opposition political support and stated, "The USA offers the umbrella of political support to the armed opposition gangs in order to destabilize Syria."
'WE WOULD RESPOND TO MILITARY INTERVENTION'
During the interview, Assad was also asked what would happen in the case of military intervention, to which he stated they would respond.
"Our priority in the case of an attack would not be to retaliate; it would be to protect our country. This is our duty and our objective anyway."
'WE ARE DIFFERENT THAN EGYPT AND LIBYA'
Explaining that like Egypt and Libya, he will not be stepping down; Assad said that the situation in Syria is different. "Do we have a common point? What happened in Egypt and what is happening in Syria is entirely different. Our historical context and social structure are different from one another. There is nothing in common."
ANNAN IS IN SYRIA
Meanwhile, UN and Arab League Special Representative Kofi Annan has gone to Damascus in order to hold a series of meetings with Syrian officials to lay the Annan peace plan to the table.