Damascus (Syria), June 3 (Xinhua-ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday his country is not facing a political crisis but rather a project of sedition that aims at destroying the homeland, adding that the weapon of sedition is terrorism.
"We are facing a real war," Assad said in his address to the new parliament on Sunday, adding that dealing with a real war differs from dealing with internal issues.
He said the political process is moving forward in Syria but stressed that terrorism is also moving unabatedly.
Assad said that the delicate circumstances the country is going through require more audacity, solidity and sense of responsibility. He noted that the regional role has proven its failure regarding the Syrian crisis.
The president said the door for dialogue is open, stressing readiness to embark on a dialogue. He, however, made it clear that there would be no letup in fighting terrorism.
Assad said Syria's doors are wide open to whoever wants a genuine reform, a truthful dialogue, and their hearts are also open to engage every sincere Syrian citizen in the process of raising up the state.
"By reforms we can confront a big part of the assault on Syria, " he said, adding that "after a year and a half since the start of the crisis, matters have become clear and masks have been removed.. . the regional role has disclosed itself by itself."
"There is no justification for terrorism under any pretext and any title... there is no tolerance with terrorism or with whoever might support it," he said, adding that the government would not take revenge, either now or in the future.
"National security is a red line and there would be no tolerance with who might touch it," he stressed. "Difference of opinion means richness, but difference on the homeland means destruction."
Assad said that a battle was imposed on Syria which led to the shed of the Syrian blood, noting that the enemy of Syria is now inside Syria, not on the borders.
He said after the shedding of so much blood, "we are in need of a lot of ration, and need to learn from the people to whom we belong and who are able to decipher the plot since its very beginning." (Xinhua-ANI)