Assad: 'Government has to eliminate terrorists to save lives'

Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad Credit: PA Wire

Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad has said that the Government has to eliminate terrorists to save thousands of lives.

Speaking to Iranian television, he also said a solution imposed on Syria from outside was unacceptable because only Syrians could resolve the country's crisis.

"No non-Syrian model is acceptable because no one but us knows how to solve the problem," Assad said during the rare hour-long interview.

The president said that some countries want the Kofi Annan peace plan to fail in order to blame Syria.

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Syria will 'eliminate terror'

Syria's President Assad said his government had a duty to "eliminate terrorists" to protect its people. He also ruled out any solution to the crisis imposed from outside the country.