President al-Assad: General amnesty has been an option for terrorists since day one of crisis

Damascus, SANA-President Bashar al-Assad said an amnesty is virtually in effect in Syria as this has been an option available for terrorists to benefit from since day one of the terrorist war against the country.

Answering a question by the Greek ITV channel about whether he intends to issue a general amnesty if he wins the current war, President al-Assad said: “It is not about my victory…The most important thing is the victory of the Syrian people because it is a war waged against the Syrian people.”

“Speaking about amnesty, it is virtually in effect because since the start of terrorist acts in Syria, we have offered this as an option for terrorists,” he added.

“If they want to return to normal life and lay down arms they will get amnesty…We have been doing this for three years I think…Let alone the country’s win in the war, amnesty is in effect now and is, as I see it, a good option to help those people who took up arms for different reasons to return to normal life..to the political life in case they have their own agenda..to go to political institutions…to head to the polls…to go for any kind of political measures available in any country,” he added.

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces has been sending text messages calling on the militants in the eastern part of Aleppo city to lay down arms and seek a settlement of their legal status, and urging citizens to join national reconciliations and expel foreign militants from their localities.

Many gunmen have benefitted from several amnesty decrees issued by President al-Assad since the start of the terrorist war against Syria.

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