The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

Syria's embattled President Assad says he will not leave country


BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad says he will not leave his country.

In an interview with Russia TV, Mr Assad said he will 'live and die' in Syria.

His comments come two days after British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that Mr Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if that would guarantee an end to the nation's civil war.

Mr Assad spoke in English with Russia Today TV. Excerpts of the interview were posted on the TV station's website on Thursday, with an Arabic voiceover.