Assad says confident of winning Syria war
DAMASCUS (AFP) - President Bashar Al-Assad said he is confident his troops will win the conflict ravaging Syria, as new calls were made on Monday for the International Criminal Court to launch a probe into war crimes.
Mr Assad's comments, published in Lebanon's pro-Damascus newspaper As-Safir, came as the European Union renewed sanctions against Syria while amending them to enable more "non-lethal" and technical support to help protect civilians.
As-Safir said Mr Assad had met unidentified Lebanese politicians in Damascus and assured them that Syria's future belonged to his camp.
"We are sure we will win, we are reassured by the political and military developments," Mr Assad was quoted as telling them, the Lebanese newspaper said.