Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday and visited a student campus in Damascus.
Assad inaugurated a statue dedicated to Martyrs from Syrian universities who died in the country's two-year-old uprising and civil war.
The Syrian leader was greeted by hundreds of people, most of them students, before opening the new work.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has refused to rule out supplying arms to rebels in Syria - and confirmed more equipment would be sent to them shortly.
He told BBC's Andrew Marr: "I don’t think we can rule that out in the future [but] I will not be announcing, this week, arms to the Syrian opposition."
He added: "We will be giving more assistance directly to the opposition. I will announce in Parliament this week what that will consist of - it will involve more equipment to try and save lives in Syria."
He attacked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for accusing the UK of having a "naive, confused and unrealistic" approach to his country's bloody civil war.
"This is a man presiding over this slaughter... I think this will go down as one of the most delusional interviews that any national leader has given in modern times."
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said David Cameron’s “naive, confused, unrealistic" government was trying to end an EU arms embargo to enable supplies for the rebels.
He said this would fan the flames of war when the al-Qaeda backed Jabhat al-Nusra, was “killing, beheading, torturing and preventing children from going to school”.
Mr Assad made the comments in an interview with The Sunday Times (£).
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Britain of having a "naive, confused and unrealistic" approach to his country's bloody civil war.
Speaking to The Sunday Times correspondent Hala Jaber, President Assad said Britain had a poor history of negotiating peace and accused the British government of "militarising" the conflict for its own ends.
The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has condemned plans by the US Secretary of State John Kerry to give the opposition more than $60 million in aid. The minister spoke at a press conference in Tehran, Iran where he is visiting the regime's supporters.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the US plans for the first time to aid the Syrian rebels with food rations and medical supplies.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the US would provide the Syrian opposition with $60 million (about £39 million) in new aid and added that they would work with the rebel fighters.