Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the Christmas service at the Cathedral of our lady of Damascus, located two kilometers from the controlled opponents of the regime of the Metropolitan district Dzhubar.
Assad, who was accompanied by his wife ASMA, was surrounded by parishioners, many of whom wanted to be photographed with the President. President Alawite, which the representatives of religious minorities consider to be their defender, listened to a performance by the Church choir.
Note that rare the exit of the dictator «to the people» was preceded by the adoption by UN Security Council resolution on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Syria. It provides for commencement of negotiations of delegations of the regime and the opposition in January 2016.
U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said that the U.S. administration no longer insists on Assad’s removal from the political arena at the beginning of the process of transition of power. This principle is already supported by many EU member States.
In an interview with Dutch TV channel NOS, the President thanked the West for allowing us to stay in power. «Then you can unpack the suitcases. But seriously, Syria is a sovereign state and only its people will decide who will be in power», — he said.