In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, speaks during an interview with Al-Manar TV, owned by the militant Hezbollah group, in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, May 30, 2013 (Photo: AP)
Syrian President Bashar Assad says his forces will respond to any future Israeli strike on his country.
Assad spoke in an interview broadcast Thursday on Al-Manar, a TV station owned by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, a close ally.
Israel struck near the Syrian capital of Damascus earlier this month. Israeli officials said at the time they were targeting suspected shipments of advanced missiles purportedly intended for Hezbollah.
Asked whether Syria would respond to such strikes, Assad said: "We have told countries that we will respond to any strike with a similar strike." He went on to say that the manner of the response "depends on the circumstance and timing" of the attack.
He also said he agreed "in principle'" to sending negotiators to planned peace talks.