European and US leaders have urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stand down
A picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows President Bashar al-Assad addressing the central committee of Syria's ruling Baath party on August 17. Assad will speak to the nation on television Sunday, four days after major Western powers called for him to step down and imposed more sanctions on his regime, the official SANA news agency said. © - AFP/SANA/File
European and US leaders have urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stand down
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Last updated: August 20, 2011

Syria's Assad to give TV interview on Sunday

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will speak to the nation on television Sunday, four days after major Western powers called for him to step down and imposed more sanctions on his regime, the official SANA news agency said.

Assad "will give an interview on Syrian television about the situation in Syria, the continuing process of reforms, the repercussions of American and Western political and economic pressures and a vision of the future for Syria in the current regional and international context," SANA said.

This will be the first time Assad has appeared on television since June 20, and the fourth since pro-democracy demonstrations erupted in March and turned into calls for his departure after he cracked down on them violently.

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