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Syria's Assad: any Western action will destabilise region

A poster of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is seen as a woman watches while buses carrying freed hostages and rebels who were evacuated from the rebel-held city of Douma arrive at Wafideen camp in Damascus, Syria April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said any potential action by Western states would cause more instability in the region, Syrian state television reported on Thursday as the United States and its allies weigh strikes against Syria.

“With every victory achieved on the field, the voices of some Western states are raised and actions are intensified in an attempt by them to change the course of events ... these voices and any possible action will contribute nothing but an increase in instability in the region, threatening international peace and security,” it quoted him saying.

Reporting by Angus McDowall and Tom Perry; Editing by Alison Williams