Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday gave his first speech since November and said the rebels fighting to topple his regime are terrorists, not revolutionaries.
"It is a fight between our country and its enemies. It is not a fight for power, it is a fight between the people and the terrorists that are trying to divide the country," Assad said.
"Some people call this a revolution, there is no link between these people, their acts, and a revolution," the Syria president asserted.
"A real revolution is based on a philosophy which aims to improve a country rather than to take it backwards," he added.