Syria's Assad lashes out at France's Hollande ahead of polls

Trump has not yet set out a clear policy on Syria but has indicated he could cut US support for insurgent groups and has said he wants to mend ties with Russian Federation, whose President Vladimir Putin is Assad's strongest worldwide ally.

"At the end of the [Syrian] war, we could consider any solutions - ballot box, elections, anything is possible", Assad said.

Also on Wednesday, President Assad said taking any step pertaining to Syria's future is up to the Syrian people, Syria's official news agency SANA reported.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said that U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial executive order indefinitely banning Syrians from entering the country targeted terrorists, and not the Syrian people.

Assad's government has labelled all armed opposition to his rule - including the Western-backed rebels - as "terrorists".

"For us it is all the same, Raqqah, Palmyra, Idlib, it's all the same", Assad pointed out, stressing that it is the "duty of any government" to regain control of "every inch" of its territory. "And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany", Assad said in the interview with Europe 1 radio and TF1 television which was recorded on Tuesday in English. Turkey has sent a lower-level delegation to the talks, compared with the previous round, because some senior diplomats were accompanying President Tayyip Erdogan on a foreign visit, Lavrentiev said. To get information? We have all the information.

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The militants say they seek to obstruct any army attempts to capture a strategic border crossing with Jordan.

"Raqqa is a symbol", Assad said while asserting that attacks carried out in France by the Islamic State group [IS] were "not necessarily prepared" in the group's stronghold in Syria.

One of the sources also said that the sides hoped that talks on Thursday would produce a joint document.

"You have ISIS close to Damascus, you have them everywhere", Assad said, using another acronym for IS.

A new round of UN-backed negotiations is due to begin in Geneva where the main Syrian opposition body wants to be face-to-face with the Damascus government.

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