Interview on France 2 with bashar Al-Assad:
“Isolating Syria can’t have good results. Whoever wants to isolate Syria, is isolating hi,self from the problems of the region.”
How long has it been that you haven’t spoken to French President Chirac?
“Since 2004, I think. It corresponds to the rupture of relations between Syria and France. It is not a food thing for the relation between the two countries, and it is evident that France has suffered the most from it because France was in charge of the European politics in the region and now we don’t hear anything anymore about French politics in the Middle East.
On the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri:
“Nobody can accuse Syria without proofs, that be President Chirac or whoever.
The person who wants to accuse Syria must give proofs. We cannot build a relation between counties based on personal emotions. Relations should be based on reality and common interests. This accusation is totally inadmissable.”
What would you tell President Chirac if you would meet him before the end of his Presidency?
“I would ask him where is the problem? I already said that whoever is involved in this case (Hariri), is considered to be a traitor under the Syrian law. They will be judged by a Syrian tribunal and condemned as severly as if it were in any other tribunal.
“It is not of our interest to have chaos in a neighbour country, neither to keep it as sooner or later, in one way or another, we will have to pay for it.”