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Syrian President Bashar Assad does not consider presence of the US military in Syria as helpful in fight against terrorism.
Moreover, Damascus did not consent to the US military presence in the area of Manbij city, President Assad added.
"No, no, we didn't. Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one. And we don't think this is going to help," Assad said in an interview with Chinese Phoenix Television, published by the SANA news agency, in response to a question on where the Syrian government gave a green light to the deployment.
The United States has deployed a small number of additional troops to Syria's Manbij on a new mission focused on reassurance and deterrence, US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said in a briefing on March 6.
"We have made visible actions in deploying US forces as part of the coalition in and around Manbij to reassure and deter, and that is to deter parties from attacking any other parties other than ISIS [Daesh] itself," Davis told reporters.
There is no room yet for cooperation between the United States and Syria, despite common task in fighting terrorism, Syrian President Bashar Assad emphasized.
"Yeah, in theory, yes, but practically, not yet, because there’s no link between Syria and the United States on the formal level. Even their raids against ISIS that I just mentioned, which are only a few raids, happened without the cooperation or the consultation with the Syrian Army or the Syrian government which is illegal as we always say. So, theoretically we share those goals, but particularly, not yet," Assad said in an interview with Chinese Phoenix Television, published by the SANA news agency.
The president also noted that the only serious force that effectively fights against Daesh in Syria is Russia.
"The only serious party in that regard is Russia, which is effectively attacking ISIS in cooperation with us," Assad said in an interview with Chinese Phoenix Television, published by the SANA news agency.
He added that the presence of the United States, on the other hand, was not helpful in fight against terrorism.
"They [the United States] didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions," Assad said commenting on the presence of US troops in Syria.
2017.03.11 / 16:29