Syria’s president has spoken out for the first time since the ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah came into force. Bashar al-Assad told an audience in Damascus that resistance to Israel is legitimate. He said his country has chosen peace as a strategy of choice, but not at any price. He said he favoured peace that preserves their rights and dignity. Assad also said his country rejects Washington’s policies on the region.
Damascus is one of the main backers of Hizbollah guerrillas. Syria has also said it regrets that the UN resolution on the conflict shied away from recognising Israel’s responsibility for what it calls savage attacks on civilians and its destruction of Lebanese infrastructure.