Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said his country is ready to share intelligence with France only if Paris changed its policy toward Syria.
“We are ready to exchange intelligence with France if Paris changed its policy toward Syria and we have repeatedly called for the necessity to form an international coalition against terrorism,” Xinhua quoted Assad as saying during an interview with a French magazine.
“If the French government is not serious in its fight against terrorism, we will not waste our time collaborating with a country, government or an institution that supports terrorism,” he said.
Assad said the only way to determine what the Syrians want will be through the ballot boxes, not through foreign pressures.
“The question of my resignation from the post depends entirely on the will of the people of Syria and parliament. Those who want to destroy Syria, most of all want to destroy the last secular state in the region,” he said.
The interview came after November 13 attacks in Paris that claimed at least 129 lives and injured over 350 people.