President Bashar al-Assad dismissed as distorted the image which some politicians and media outlets depict about the situation on the ground in Syria.
This image is totally different from the reality, the President said during a meeting with the visiting Belgian parliamentary and party delegation, chaired by member of the Flemish Parliament Filip Dewinter.
Those politicians and media outlets are “twisting” the public opinion of their countries in favor of “short-sighted visions and narrow interests that don’t serve their people.”
He called upon the delegations who visit Syria and meet with its people to contribute to correct the views of the public opinion in their countries about the war against terrorism in which Syria and its people are engaged.
It is a “grave mistake” that some European states are allying with the countries that are supporting terrorism, President al-Assad said, stressing that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and is rather defamed by it.
He affirmed that the terrorist organizations and their advocates do not represent Islam, which discards all forms of violence and upholds tolerance and fraternity.
For their part, the visiting Belgian figures said they view Syria as being on the front line of confrontation against extremism and terrorism since it is the only one battling with the terrorists on the ground.
If this line collapses, terrorism will widely extend to the European states, they warned.
This is why we must support Syria in its war, a conviction at which many Western parties and officials have arrived, the Belgian figures said.
They pointed out that they witnessed in their first-hand experience being in Syria that the Syrians still have the will to live regardless of their daily suffering from the terrorist groups’ acts and the repercussions of the years-long economic blockade imposed on them.
This will, the Belgian delegation members said, is the most essential factor to rout terrorism and re-establish stability in Syria.