Assad: Trump Can Join Syria, Russia, Iran in Fight Against Militants

President says that Damascus would have to 'wait and see' if Trump would change Washington's policy on Syria.

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to AP at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, September 21, 2016.
AP

Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Tuesday that Damascus could be an ally of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, alongside Russia and Iran, in the fight against militants.

Assad said that Damascus would have to "wait and see" if Trump would change Washington's policy on Syria, and that he was ready to cooperate with him in fighting militants, in remarks released by Syrian state television after Assad's interview with a Portuguese television channel.

In his first comments on Trump's election victory, Assad said the Republican leader had made promising comments on the need to battle Islamists in Syria's war but "can he deliver?"

"What about the countervailing forces within the [U.S.] administration?" Assad asked.