Syria’s Opposition Accuses Assad, Nasrallah of Bringing to Standstill Efforts to Resolve Crisis

The Syrian opposition said on Saturday that Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s recent statements meant the Syrian regime and its allies had a strategy to bring the international efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis to a dead end.

“The Hizbullah militia does not have any decision-making but it is … the porte-parole of the Iranian regime,” the National Coalition said in a statement.

His remarks “make sense because the survival of his forces is linked to (Syrian President Bashar) Assad’s survival,” it said.

“Nasrallah’s remarks meant that there is a clear strategy by Assad and his allies to bring the international efforts to a dead end and take back the Syrian file to the starting point,” the statement added.

Assad was re-elected in a landslide, officials said Wednesday, capturing a third seven-year term in the middle of a bloody three-year-old uprising against his rule that has devastated the country.

“Syria's election is one of the most important events that have recently happened, in addition to this popular turnout which represents a major victory for its leadership,” Nasrallah said in a speech on Friday.

“The Syrians said we're the ones who make Syria's future, not the U.S. or Geneva I and Geneva II” talks, he added.

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