Syrian soldiers walk past a bus with President Bashar Assad's portrait in Damascus, Tuesday June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
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From the very start of the crisis, Bashar Assad has remained sure of the support of the Syrian people, the newly re-elected president said in an interview published Wednesday.Addressing Western leaders, Assad said they wouldn't be able to do more than what they already had to change the equation."U.S. officials, including former executives, are trying to maintain contact with us, but they do not dare because of lobbies pressuring them," Assad said, without naming any specific figures.Despite its vocal condemnations of his regime, Assad – who claims the U.S., among other foreign powers, has orchestrated war on Syria – praised Washington for its balance. Turning to Lebanon, Assad said he supported MP Michel Aoun for president.
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