The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad called on refugees living abroad to return to their country, ignore what rumours about threats of their arrest, and cut the way for the sponsors of terrorism who attempt to make use of the refugees' card.
Al-Assad said in his speech on Sunday that "the Syrian state is working to return every refugee and displaced who left his home because of terrorism since this return is the only way to end their suffering."
He added that the countries involved in the file of refugees are hindering their return and that the primary basis of the planned scheme for Syria is the issue of refugees, which had been prepared before the beginning of the crisis.
He went on: "We will not allow the sponsors of terrorism to turn the Syrian refugees into a political card to achieve their interests… We call upon all those who left the country because of terrorism to return to it and contribute to the reconstruction process. The country is the homeland for all the Syrian people."
Al-Assad stated that "the issue of refugees has been a source of corruption exploited by officials of some countries supporting terrorism. The return of the displaced will deprive these parties of the political and financial benefit." He said that the file of the refugees abroad is an attempt by states supporting terrorism to condemn the Syrian state.