Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad seated with the BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen
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Syria minister tips Assad to prevail

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad tells the BBC's Jeremy Bowen that President Assad and the political system will survive

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad has given a rare interview to the BBC.

He told the BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen that the Syrian government and army remained strong.

Mr Miqdad said "the Syrian people are still rallying behind Assad, that is why President Assad and the political system will survive."