Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears on state TV to quell rumors
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears on state TV to quell rumors

Damascus : Syria | Aug 08, 2012 at 1:38 AM PDT
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Syrian President Bashar Assad was seen on the state TV after nearly three weeks. He was shown engaged in discussions with Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, in Damascus, Syria.

This has been reported in foxnews.com of dated 7th of August.

The visuals belied the message sent out by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who had predicted that the present Assad's regime was quickly unraveling. The defection of Riad Hijab, Assad’s prime minister to the rebel side tended to support such thinking.

However, the resolve of Assad and Iran's Saeed Jalili to defeat the rebels and their backers must have come as a surprise.

It seems Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, has promised Syria that Iran would stand by it to counter any threat from its international ‘enemies’ like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Over the past three weeks rumors had been floating around in the media about the apparently vanishing trick of General Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria. These include apprehensions that he had escaped to some neighboring friendly county.

However, it now becomes apparent that Assad is still around.

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