Asked whether there was potential for cooperation with the Trump administration, Assad replied: “In theory, yes, but practically, not yet, because there’s no link between Syria and the United States on the formal level.”
He said there had been no contact between himself and Mr Trump but suggested Damascus was open to formal talks, adding: “We have more hopes now regarding the American party because of the new administration.”
[source : Bashar al-Assad says he is open to cooperation with Donald Trump over ‘promising’ Syria policies, The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/donald-trump-isis-syria-policy-bashar-al-assad-cooperation-open-promising-russia-turkey-conflict-a7624801.html, 11th March 2017]
Sunday, March 12, 2017
TRUMP HAS STILL NOT SPOKEN TO ASSAD
Trump made defeating Islamic State a top priority, but he has yet to establish formal links with the Assad government but has sent thousands of troops to Kuwait.