MESOP : GERMAN GOVERNMENT INVOLVE D ? – Assad Claims to Work with Western Governments / CNN & WASHINGTON POST
1 July 2016 – MESOP – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed that his government is clandestinely working with representatives of Western nations in an interview with Australian news channel SBS. “This is the double standard of the West in general: They attack us politically and they send us their officials to deal with us under the table, especially the security, including your government,” Assad told the Australian broadcaster, suggesting that the contacts are secret to not upset the United States, which he said his government does not communicate with directly. Though the Obama administration has no connections to the Assad regime, it is reportedly considering an arrangement with Russia to coordinate strikes against Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, in exchange for Russia halting strikes against U.S.-backed rebel forces.