>> Syria's president has rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees, an idea supported by US president Donald Trump. Bashar al-Assad saying they would not work, according to the transcript of an interview with Yahoo News published on Friday. Assad said the idea is not realistic at all, and that safe zones would be at risk of attack from armed groups.
But the Syrian President did signal he would welcome US troops in Syria to fight against Islamic State in the country, as long as the US took a clear political position on Syrian sovereignty and unity.>>
>> Assad has cautiously welcomed the new Trump administration's focus on fighting the jihadists.
Trump has previously indicated he might cut US support to Syrian rebels that have been fighting Assad, adding that he could cooperate with Russia in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.