Asma al-Assad dismisses leaving Syria

Asma al-Assad dismisses leaving Syria
Wed Oct 16, 2013 08:32:30

Asma al-Assad, Syria's first lady, has ruled out claims that she fled the war-hit country, expressing confidence she will stay in Syria alongside her family.

The British-educated Asma has rarely appeared in public since the beginning of the foreign-hatched conflict in Syria.

But on Tuesday, hours after her husband attended prayers to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast in Damascus, Syrian state television broadcast a clip of the first lady.

The mini-feature showed her comforting the bereaved and planting olive trees with children, dressed in black trousers and a grey T-shirt with the Syrian flag on the front.

"I am here, my husband and my children are here in Syria. It's obvious that I'd be here with them," she said, when asked of claims that she had left the country.

"How can I teach my children to love Syria if they don't live here?" she added with a smile.

"I was here yesterday, I'm here today and I will be here tomorrow."

In September, Asma posted a series of photographs on her Instagram account, in which she posed with a series of students who had achieved excellent results in their exams.

The Syrian first lady, born in Acton, west London, was an investment banker known as Emma when she met her husband – who was training as an eye surgeon in Britain. The couple married in 2000.

Despite the violent situation in Syria since March 2011, President Bashar al-Assad and his family decided to stay in their country and manage the war-stricken country.


string(1208) "[{"id":"1479752","sort":"3107157","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/05/31/alalam_635055996134911280_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Assad: Syria's support for resistance still strong"} ,{"id":"1491439","sort":"3107158","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/07/04/alalam_635085692739157472_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"West sends terrorists to Syria to get killed: Assad"} ,{"id":"1507094","sort":"3107159","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/08/19/alalam_635125105793535173_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Syria determined to counter terrorism: Assad"} ,{"id":"1511066","sort":"3107160","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/08/29/alalam_635133837943500393_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Assad vows victorious battle for Syria"} ,{"id":"1519388","sort":"3107161","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/09/23/alalam_635155244924241174_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Assad: West fights imaginary enemy in Syria"} ,{"id":"1521270","sort":"3107162","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/09/30/alalam_635161246960199856_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Assad: Syria won’t negotiate with al-Qaeda offshoots"} ,{"id":"1522624","sort":"3107163","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/10/06/alalam_635166608986624755_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Assad: Syria ready for talks but not with terrorists"} ]"