Assad’s media advisor dismisses anti-ally claims

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad political and media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban dismissed recent statements posted on her alleged official Facebook page saying that her country needed no one to help the regime fight rebels in the three-year conflict, Al Arabiya reported.

"I don't have any Facebook page," the London-based al-Hayat newspaper quoted Shaaban as telling al-Mayadeen TV channel on Friday.

"The goal [of those who created the allegedly fake account] was to create controversy in the relations [between Syria and Hezbollah]," she told the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen, which is considered to be close to the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

Syria's key proxy ally Hezbollah has been paramount in its support to Assad's forces in its quest to quell the three-year uprising seeking to end his rule.

"Whoever created the Facebook page is immoral, and had bad intentions," she added.

Shaaban defended her country's pro-Hezbollah stance by saying: "al-Mayadeen, al-Manar, Hezbollah and Lebanon are the resistance, and what has been said on Facebook cannot be coming from any Syrian citizen."

Al-Manar is another Lebanon-based TV station known for its staunch support of Hezbollah.

She added: "We are facing Syria's enemies who are serving the Zionists [Israel]."

The new page on the social media network - which Shaaban dismissed - quoted the official as saying "We didn't resist because of support from this or that...Syria has resisted with its people who gave more than quarter of a million martyrs."

Her statement to al-Mayadeen came soon after Hezbollah expressed greater confidence in the Syrian regime.

On Monday, Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah told the Beirut-based daily As-Safir that the "the danger of the Syrian regime's fall has ended."

He said the rebels "can opt for a war of attrition as long as there are countries funding it ... but on the horizon, the opposition doesn't seem to be able to wage a big war."

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