Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said Wednesday that his country is facing a conspiracy with its threads being woven by far and near countries, noting that such plot depends in its timing and form on Arab revolts and reforms seeking freedom.
The remarks were made by Al-Assad in an address which he delivered today at the Syrian People’s Assembly in which he addressed internal issues and the latest incidents in Syria and the Middle East region.
The speech comes only one day following the Syrian President’s acceptance of the resignation of the cabinet led by Mohammad Naji Otri whom Al-Assad assigned him as a caretaker Premier till forming a new cabinet.
Al-Assad warned in his speech of the implications of mixing three elements, namely turmoil, reform and daily needs of citizens, making clear that turmoil reigned supreme over the last two elements, starting to lead them and masquerading under their cloak in what helped deceive many people who took to the streets with goodwill intentions in the beginning.
He also said that what took place in Syria has nothing to do with reform, particularly after acts of sabotage staged against installations and murders, stressing the necessity of nipping turmoil in the bud as a patriotic, moral and legitimate duty.
Al-Assad also said that lingering without engineering reforms is an act of devastation, “and we can stay without reform,” noting that, “the challenge facing Syria now is related to the kind of reform that we want to implement, and we should avoid subjecting the reform process to current conditions.”
He also made clear that the package of measures that were announced last Thursday, particularly the law on lifting the state of emergency, and political parties law, will be put forward for public discussion before the leadership of Baath party, and before other concerned institutions.
As for other reforms related to consolidation of national unity, fighting corruption, media policies, and increasing job opportunities, he said that such reforms will be declared soon following the completion of studies on them, noting that they will come high on the government’s agenda.
He concluded by addressing Syrian people, “I’m talking to you at an exceptional moment while current events, and developments appear as test for our unity, a test which was repeated due to plots against our country, and we have succeeded each time with our strong will in passing such test in what further increased our strength.”