“The (government’s) military effort will not stop around Damascus. If the purpose is to limit the victories of our armed forces, they will not be successful,” Walid al-Moualem, foreign minister, told a news conference in Damascus. “We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal. The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves.”
Mr Moualem said any foreign strike on Syria to try to create a balance of power in the war between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the rebels is “delusional”.
“If the purpose of a possible (foreign) military strike is to achieve a balance of power … it’s delusional and not at all possible,” he said.
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