Assad says priority in Syria for fighting terrorism, talks about politics "luxury"
DAMASCUS, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday that the priority in Syria is for fighting terrorism, adding that talks about politics at this time seems like luxury.
Speaking to European media outlets, whose content was carried by state news agency SANA, the president said that getting rid of the extremists is a priority and reaching reconciliation in other areas is another a priority.
"It's luxury talking about politics while you could get killed anytime by the terrorist attacks," Assad said.
His remarks came just a couple of days after two bombings rocked the capital Damascus, killing 74 people.
The bombings were carried out in swift succession near a cemetery in the Shaghour area in the old part of the capital Damascus.
The first explosion was carried out through an explosive device that went off near a gathering of busses carrying Shiite Iraqi visitors coming to the Bab al-Saghir cemetery to visit Shiite shrines, as part of Shiite pilgrim practices.
When the explosive device went off, passengers of nine busses gathered to see what happened, when a suicide bomber wearing bomb vest detonated himself among the crowds.
During the last round of Geneva talks last month, the government delegation to the conference stressed that counter terrorism should be the priority in any talks.