Asad says ready to make national government with opposition
DAMASCUS: Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad said that he is ready to make national government with opposition, independents and with those who are loyal to the state.
Assad claimed that he is ready to hold elections if Syrian people wanted it.
Assad claimed that country faced more than $200 billion economic loss and $90 billion physical loss is estimated by UN.
Assad’s statement came days after the victory of Syria’s ancient city Palmyra by government troops.
However opposition refused his proposal and claimed that Assad must step down before holding such elections.
US and other member countries of Syrian peace talk process also refused Assad’s proposal.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said “I don’t know whether he envisioned himself being a part of that national unity government. Obviously that would be a nonstarter for us.”
Currently Syria is facing a temporary ceasefire as a result of peace talks held in Geneva.
Syria is facing more than 5 years old war which killed over 260,000 people and displaced millions.
UN research showed that more civilians died by government attacks than ISIS in 2015.