Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that all foreign forces deployed to Syria without the approval of the government are “invaders”.
Assad made the remarks in an interview with China’s PHOENIX TV, while referring to U.S. and Turkish forces.
“Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one,” the Syrian president said.
“And we don’t think this is going to help. What are they going to do? To fight ISIS (Daesh)? The Americans lost nearly every war,” he added.
Assad further said the U.S. did not succeed “anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.”
The news came days after Pentagon announced that the U.S. had deployed its forces around Manbij, in an effort to prevent clashes between the Turkish and US-backed forces operating in the region.
In a move that violates the Arab country’s sovereignty, Turkey too has deployed troops to Syria.
Assad also said that the solution to the Syrian crisis had to be focused on two parallel ways, which are dialogue and fighting against terrorism.