Assad claims 'Syria is against the killing of civilians' after Paris

Condemning the Paris attacks, Assad accused Western policymakers of being short sighted - criticism of their policy of support for the 2011 Syrian uprising.

Assad claims 'Syria is against the killing of civilians' after Paris

World Bulletin/News Desk

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urged states fighting terrorism to share intelligence, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday, saying European policies were responsible for attacks by gunmen in France last week.

Condemning the Paris attacks, Assad accused Western policymakers of being short sighted - criticism of their policy of support for the 2011 Syrian uprising.

Western states including France have rejected past offers from the Syrian government to be part of the fight against the ISIL group that has been targeted by U.S.-led air strikes in Syria since September.

"There should be ... an exchange of information between the countries concerned with fighting terrorism," Assad said in excerpts of an interview with a Czech monthly magazine published by Syrian state media.

Al-Assad has reportedly declared that Syria is against the killing of civilians anywhere in the world and expressed sympathy for the families of victims of last week's attacks in France.

The Syrian government sees all armed opposition factions as terrorist groups. Assad said his country had been suffering from terrorism for four years. "We feel sympathy with the families of those victims," he said.

The uprising prompted a brutal response by the government, leading to a civil war that has claimed 200,000 lives and spawned sub-conflicts between rebel groups vying for supremacy.

Successive reports by the UN and international human rights groups have found Assad's government has intentionally killed civilians using barrel bombs and chemical weapons, in atrocities amounting to crimes against humanity.

"We told the West: 'You cannot support terrorism and provide a political umbrella for it because that will reflect on your countries and nations,'" Assad said in the interview the magazine, Literarni Noviny Newspaper.

"We want to remind many in the West that we were talking about these consequences since the start of the crisis in Syria," he said.

The Syrian government, which is backed by Russia and Iran, had said it was ready to join international efforts to fight ISIL. But French President Francois Hollande said last year Assad was no ally in that fight, echoing the U.S. position.

Assad said European policies were "responsible for what happened in our region and recently in France".

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