The UN confirmed that they received a reply to the request to interview Foreign Minister Farouq Ash-Sharaa and President Bashar Al-Assad. That reply confirmed that Syria is willing to let the UN meet Sharaa. There was no mention of Bashar.
Days later Bashar told an Egyptian newspaper that allowing the UN to interview him would ‘violate Syria’s sovereignty’.
On Sunday the Saudi Foreign Minister – a close friend of Lebanon – unexpectedly arrived in Damascus, and took Bashar to meet King Abdullah in Jeddah.
After the talks the two countries issued a joint statement saying that Syrian-Lebanese ties need to be stregthened – typical Arab League padding. But the real crunch came in comments made by Bashar. He would let meet the UN ‘if there is a legal basis for the interview’.
This sounds very much like a face saving way for Bashar to meet the UN.