Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday claimed that Syria is “in the midst of a global and regional war” and that "victory needs time."
Assad's statement were part of a rare interview with the Syrian Dunya Television Channel, the full contents of which were slated to air Wednesday.
In the interview, Assad summarized the current state of affairs in Syria by saying that his government was "making progress" and that "the situation is actually better." He claimed that if given more time, his regime could "resolve" the matter internally.
The comments came on the heels of an interview given earlier this week by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem to Britain's The Independent, in which he reinforced the regime's perspective that it is fighting an international war and criticized the US for "supporting terrorism in Syria."
Moallem accused the US of supporting Syria's rebel forces by supplying them with communication equipment. He added that in his estimation "the US is the major player against Syria and the rest are its instruments."
He blamed Europe for "supporting 17 resolutions against the welfare of the Syrian people."
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