Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has praised the Egyptian army and its so-called war on "terrorism" led by General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, saying that Syria and Egypt both face "one enemy and that victory over this enemy is inevitable."
On the anniversary of the October war, Assad told state newspaper Teshrine: "In 1973 the Syrian and the Egyptian armies united to fight one enemy: Israel. Today, the two armies also fight one enemy, but the enemy is no longer Israel. The enemy who currently fights the Syrian army and the Egyptian army is Arab and Muslim."
Al-Assad further explained: "Many things have changed during the past forty years, with the passing of generations and circumstances, of course. We can say that forty years ago the Arab countries united in all sectors and in all aspects including the media, culturally, ideologically, morally, politically and militarily to unite against one enemy: Israel. Today we see that the Arab countries are united against Syria. The first and biggest victory today is to eliminate terrorism and extremism, which would mean eliminating the plans set out by foreign countries with the help of countries in our region to destroy Syria."
Assad condemned "those countries that follow the US agenda and Washington's directions, mainly Saudi Arabia and Turkey, after Qatar had abandoned its role to Saudi Arabia."