Syria's President says Paris attacks similar to what his country is facing
Syrian President Bashar al Assad condemned Friday's attacks in Paris and said that such acts of terror were similar to what his people had faced in years of violent civil war, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.
"The terrorist attacks that targeted the French capital Paris cannot be separated from what happened in the Lebanese capital Beirut lately and from what has been happening in Syria for the past five years and in other areas," the Syrian President was quoted as saying on state media.
Assad also expressed his condolences to the French deputies over the loss of so many people.
A meeting with a delegation of French lawmakers is held in the framework of their visit to Syria, during which they also plan to hold talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and members of the Syrian parliament.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris.
"Syria strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris and expresses its condolences and solidarity with the French people and relatives of those who have been killed or injured," Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.