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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday signaled a willingness to work with President-elect Donald Trump.
"We cannot tell anything about what he's going to do,” Assad said Tuesday in his first public reaction to the U.S. electoral results. “But if … he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be … a natural ally in that regard with the Russian, with the Iranian, with many other countries," he told Portugal's state television Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse.
Trump has signaled he may end U.S. aid to moderate opposition groups currently fighting the Assad regime in favor of focusing on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS," he told the Wall Street Journal last week. "Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria. ... Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are."
Assad called Trump’s focus on ISIS “promising,” but raised doubts about whether he can deliver results.
2016.11.16 / 13:59