President al Assad accuses Europe for Syria’s instability Dec 11, 2019 0 916 12345 DPADamascus/RomeSyrian President Bashar al-Assad lashed out at Europe on Monday and vowed that Syria will emerge from war stronger than it was before, in an interview that caused controversy between Damascus and Italian public television RAI.“The situation is much, much better, as we learned so many lessons from this war and I think the future of Syria is promising; we are going to come out of this war stronger,” Al-Assad added.He accused Europe of being behind the instability in his country.“It’s a simple question: because of terrorism that’s being supported by Europe - and of course the United States and Turkey and others - but Europe was the main player in creating chaos in Syria,” he said.RAI was reluctant to broadcast the exclusive interview, saying that Monica Maggioni, a former Middle East correspondent and RAI chairwoman, secured the interview, but no RAI news programme or channel has so far agreed to run it.The interview was recorded on November 26 and was scheduled to air simultaneously on December 2 on the RaiNews24 news channel and Syrian national media outlets, but the Italians asked to push back the date several times, the Syrian presidency said.RAI requested delaying the broadcast without offering a new date for airing it nor an explanation, said the presidency, describing the delay as “another example of Western attempts to hide the truth on the situation in Syria.” The interview was broadcast on Syrian television.After it was aired in Syria, RAI said it would itself release the interview on its online channel Raiplay.In the interview, al-Assad stressed that there was no sectarian war in the country.“There was no sectarian war, there was no ethnical war, there was no political war; it was terrorists supported by outside powers, they have money and armaments, and they occupy those areas,” he said.Al-Assad reiterated his country’s denial of using chemical weapons during the uprising which started in Syria in 2011 and accused the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of falsifying reports.Activists and world powers have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its opponents and civilians; Syria has repeatedly rejected the allegations and insists videos shared by activists are fake.“That’s what the OPCW organisation did - they faked and falsified the report, just because the Americans wanted them to do so,” he said.In November, the OPCW said that it was set to produce in the next few months a report identifying the culprits of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The OPCW previously said its analysis provided reasonable grounds that toxic chemicals had been used in attacks in Syria.In March, the UN Human Rights Council blamed al-Assad’s government for 32 of the 37 publicly reported instances of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. RELATED ARTICLES Turkey ready to send troops to back Libya unity govt Dec 11, 2019 0 594 HK leader rules out protest concessions ahead of Beijing visit Dec 11, 2019 0 543 ETHIOPIAN PM ABIY RECEIVes NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Dec 11, 2019 0 525 2 soldiers, 1 policeman executed by IS group in northeast Nigeria Kano: Jihadists in northeast Nigeria have released a video showing the execution of two soldiers and a policeman, posted online late on Monday by the Islamic State group (IS) propaganda agency Amaq. The video, dated .. Congo policewoman arrested for allegedly shooting a young protester Goma: A policewoman in the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly shooting a young protester dead at close range in the eastern city of Goma, police said. The teenaged boy was killed as angry .. Nine killed and three missing as Cyclone Belna hits Madagascar Antananarivo: Nine people are dead and three others missing after Cyclone Belna made landfall in north-western Madagascar, an official said on Tuesday. Elack Andriakaja, the head of the island state’s disaster .. Two former Algerian prime ministers convicted in corruption case AlgierS: An Algerian court on Tuesday convicted two former Algerian prime ministers and other senior officials to prison in a corruption case. Ahmed Ouyahia was sentenced to 15 years and Abdelmalek Sellal to 12 years in .. Home-made bombs meant to “kill and maim” defused in Hong Kong Hong KONG: Two highly explosive home-made bombs were found and successfully defused by Hong Kong’s Bomb Disposal Unit on Monday night at Hua Yan College on Hong Kong Island, police said on Tuesday. Police are ..