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After seven years of conflict, the southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is one of the parts of the country still outside the state's control.

Since past year, a "de-escalation" deal brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States has contained fighting in the southwest.

"President Assad performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Sayyida Khadija mosque in the city of Tartus", a caption read, referring to the feast marking the close of the Islamic holy month.

He said that there was a chance for reconciliation, but the "Americans and Israelis prevented it".

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Assad says contacts are "ongoing" between the Russians, the USA, and the Israelis, but says the relationship between Syria and Iran "will not be part of any settlement" and is "not in the worldwide bazaar".

His military gains in the war have partly depended on support from Iran and allied Shi'ite militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah, which have provided ground forces.

"If we feel in the course of cooperation, coordination or negotiations with the Iranians that we may need Iranian military bases, we will not hesitate (to ask Iran)", Assad explained.

The rebel-held areas in the southern provinces of Daraa and Qunaitera will be facing two options: either a settlement based on an agreement with the armed groups or a military showdown, the Syrian president said.

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In an effort to hide their support to Daesh and other terror groups in Syria the United States and Israelhas called for Iranian advisors and Hezbollah's fighters to leave Syria.

Assad further said that the whole approach toward Syria in the West is, "We have to change this government, we have to demonize this president, because they don't suit our policies anymore".

Syria's multi-sided conflict has drawn in a number of foreign powers.

Turkey has sent forces into the northwest to counter the Kurdish groups, carving out a buffer zone where anti-Assad rebels have regrouped.

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