The U.S. state Department sharply condemned the statement of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, had previously voiced determination to continue the fight «against terrorists», despite the declared truce.
State Department spokesman mark Toner said the Syrian leader «grossly mistaken» if it believes could allow the force to regain power in Syria. Toner stressed that the continued fighting will only lead to more bloodshed and a hardening of positions on all sides.
Emboldened by the recent successes of the government troops Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the news Agency France Presse that he intends to regain control over the entire territory of the country.
The President stressed that he is ready to negotiate with the opposition and support the agreement on a ceasefire, but added that the truce would not apply to terrorists, and to fight them will continue.