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Hezbollah Chief: No Solution to Syrian Conflict Without Assad

FILE - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heads a cabinet meeting in Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA, Feb. 12, 2013.
FILE - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heads a cabinet meeting in Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA, Feb. 12, 2013.
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The head of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says this week's re-election of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad proves that any political solution to the country's bloody conflict "begins and ends" with Assad.

Hassan Nasrallah said Friday those who desire a political solution must negotiate with Assad.  He said the resignation of the Syrian president is no longer a pre-condition for a resolution to the civil war.

Nasrallah has been a staunch ally of the Assad regime during the Syrian conflict.  Hezbollah militants have been fighting alongside Syrian forces during the three-year-old civil war against rebels Assad's ouster.

In Washington Friday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf urged parties that have influence over the Syrian regime - including Hezbollah, Iran and Russia - to push Syria's government toward a diplomatic solution.

“We’ve called on parties who have influence over the regime, Iran, Hezbollah, Russia, to use their influence with the Assad regime to push them toward a diplomatic solution, push them to a better place," she said.  "It’s in no way a change of policy, but it’s a recognition of the reality that there are outside actors who have influence on the regime and should be using it.”

Assad won a landslide victory in the Syrian presidential election on Tuesday to secure a third seven-year term.

Syrian officials said more than 10 million people voted for Assad, giving him almost 89 percent of the vote.  The polling was held only in government-controlled areas.
 
  • A Syrian soldier sits under the portrait of President Bashar al-Assad at a polling station in Damascus, June 3, 2014.
  • Women cast their votes in presidential elections at a polling station in Aleppo, Syira, June 3, 2014.
  • Syria's presidential candidate Hassan al-Nouri accompanied by his wife Hazar casts his vote at polling centrer in Damascus, June 3, 2014.
  • A picture from the official Facebook page of Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad watching on as Asma casts her vote at a polling station in Maliki, Damascus, May 3, 2014.
  • A man holds a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad and a national flag at a polling station in Damascus, June 3, 2014.
  • A man votes for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a ballot stamped with his blood, during the presidential election in Damascus, June 3, 2014.
  • A traffic police officer rests in front of a building with posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, June 3, 2014.

Syria's Justice Minister said the results "directed a blow" to countries "conspiring" against Syria.  The U.S. and the European Union sharply criticized the election.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the poll "a great big zero,'' saying it couldn't be considered fair because millions of people did not have the ability to vote.

More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war.  Some 2.5 million people have fled abroad and nine million others inside the country need help, including nearly 3.5 million who have no access to essential goods and services.

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by: Dr. Kim from: Location
June 08, 2014 8:14 PM
More FACTS you won't hear from the PROPAGANDA DISSEMINATION NETWORK, VOA. In case you didn’t hear from the presstitute media, Syrian president Assad was just re-elected with 88.7% of the vote. Assad is the “brutal dictator” that Obama claims the Syrian people are trying to overthrow. The vote clearly puts the lie, yet again, to Washington.

Voting was not possible in some parts of Syria where the Washington-backed Islamist jihadists hold sway. Nevertheless, the vote clearly shows that it is Washington and not the Syrian people who want to overthrow Assad.

Washington and its British vassal had no choice but to allege, without any proof whatsoever as always, that the election was unfair and unfree.

When Washington puts out massive propaganda about how everyone in Syria wants to overthrow “a dictator” and then the people re-elect “the dictator” by 88.7% of the vote, Washington’s propaganda is exposed.

by: jochair from: Israel
June 07, 2014 12:24 AM
Nasrallah says the obvious, negotiate with Assad and let him go alive, an escape route is foir him is needed, for victory.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 06, 2014 7:50 PM
First of all, we know very well the election in Syria was not free and fair. The people that voted for Assad, did that under the barrier of the gun. There is no way that Assad can win the free and fair election. The Syrian people are tired dying. The Problem to the Syrian conflict is Assad. And he must go. As for Nasrallah, you are sitting on a hot seat. Beware, Israel is at your door. You people are Tyrants, your don't have respect for your citizens, don't love your people either. Syrian Justice Minister needs to keep quite, cuz If the U.S and the E.U wanted to get rid of Assad, there is no country in the Middle East and the world that can stop them. Iran, Hezbollah, Syria has Israel to defeat with first, then they can take on America and the E.U. Israel is a blow in their faces. It is a shame to Islam for Israel to rule in the heart of the Middle East.

by: meanbill from: USA
June 06, 2014 6:05 PM
MY OPINION? -- I respect Hezbollah for coming to the aid of the Syrian country, people, and President Assad, who I believe is a super Syrian patriot who lives, and will die, for his country. -- (AND NOW?) -- the Syrian people are rallying around President Assad, and they also are coming to the aid of their country....

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