Syrian people watch Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad making a public address on the state-run Syrian TV, on January 6, 2013 in Damascus. Bashar al-Assad in a rare speech Sunday denounced the opposition as 'slaves' of the West and called for a national dialogue conference to be followed by a referendum on a national charter and parliamentary elections. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA
Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) receives Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) May 10, 2010 in Damascus, Syria. Medvedev is on a two-day state visit and will hold talks focusing on the bilateral relationship between Syria and Russia, amongst other matters.
Princess Letizia of Spain, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Syrian Arab Republic President Bashar al-Assad, his wife Asma al-Assad, Queen Sofia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain pose for photographers at Zarzuela Palace on July 4, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.