New York Times: Assad has no tangible solutions to Syria’s severe economic crisis

NEW YORK — After a decade of civil war, the greatest threat facing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is the grinding economic problems afflicting the country, reports the New York Time.

Assad recently held a closed meeting with journalists and media professionals loyal to him to discuss ways to spin the economic collapse in Syria, the New York Times reported, noting that Assad does not have tangible solutions to the severe plight the country is going through. The report also reveals that he is far from the concerns that haunt the Syrian people, who have nothing in hand and even less in their stomachs.

The newspaper also stated that Assad confirmed his awareness of the economic crisis when he was asked about the collapse of the Syrian currency that has negatively affected salaries, the huge rise in the price of basic goods, and the acute shortage of fuel and bread. However, he did not offer concrete steps to address the crisis but rather said that Syrian TV channels should suspend cooking programs in order not to torture the Syrians by showing meals that are out of their reach.

The report also indicated that the Syrian economy crisis is the worst it has been since the beginning of the war in 2011 and that many Syrians are struggling to get enough daily food.

In February, the World Food Program (WFP) warned that 60% of the Syrians, about 14,400,000 people, are at risk of malnutrition.