Czech President: Calls for Syrian President to step down constitute interference in Syrian internal affairs

Prague, SANA – Czech President Milos Zeman said that the calls of some Western leaders for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down constitute interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

In an interview given to Czech website Parlamentni Listy (Parliamentary Papers), Zeman said that there are about 200 president in the world, and if someone from the Arab world were to say that US President Barack Obama must leave, then American journalists and others will consider it as an interference in the US internal affairs.

About the claims which were made at the last EU summit that President al-Assad is responsible for the refugees crisis in Europe, the Czech President mocked these allegations, saying that if they were true, then that would mean that President al-Assad is a global leader with great influence over the world, because refugees are coming from Pakistan, Sudan, Senegal, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries, not only Syria.

He also criticized the western intervention policy in the Middle East, stressing that it failed in Iraq and Libya, so there is no reason to continue pursuing this policy in Syria, asserting that the only way for President al-Assad to leave the political scene would be by holding free presidential elections and letting the Syrian voters choose whether that would happen or not.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh

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