Syrian President: No relations with Syria for countries backing rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that countries that want to reopen embassies in Damascus or resume ties with Syria's government must end their support for Syria's rebels.

In a speech to members of Syria's diplomatic corps broadcast on state TV, Mr. Assad said that Syria is not isolated. He added there will be neither security cooperation, nor the opening of embassies, or roles for certain states unless they explicitly cut their ties with terrorism.

The United States and most European countries shut their embassies in Damascus after the government's crackdown on protests that erupted in 2011. But in recent months there have been reports that Western countries could be seeking to quietly resume ties.

Source: VOV5