In an interview with the Arabic daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat on June 15, 2013, he also praised regime’s alliance with Syria. “All parties must utilize their efforts to end this situation. However, there are facts that cannot be ignored. Syria is the only country in the region which had resisted the expansionist policies and conducts of Israel. The conflict among our brothers in Syria has been inflamed by some governments in and outside the region,” he said.