Nour Ali and Martin Chulov
Aug 22, 2011
A defiant president Bashar al-Assad warned against outside interference in Syria and shrugged off international criticism in a live interview with state television on Sunday night.
His fourth address during a growing revolt against his rule was aimed as much at the international community who have sided decisively with protesters as it was at the nation.
In a comment that appeared designed to include Turkey, he warned “countries close and far away” against intervening.
“Any action against Syria will have huge consequences that they [foreign countries] can never tolerate,” he said.
Last week, the US led a choreographed call with the leaders of the EU, UK, France and Germany calling on Assad to step aside, amid an escalated military offensive since 31 July.
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