Syrian president's wife says she was offered a deal to flee Syria

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MOSCOW, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The wife of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview her husband's foes had offered her the chance to flee Syria in order to try to shake confidence in him, but that she had not left the country since the war erupted.

Speaking in English to Russia's state-backed Rossiya 24 channel, Asma Assad, a London-born former investment banker, did not say who made the offers.

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But she said the people trying to get her to flee had not been Syrian and that their offers were "stupid."

"I've been here since the beginning and I never thought of being anywhere else at all," the 41-year-old mother of three told Rossiya 24 in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

"Yes I was offered the opportunity to leave Syria or rather to run from Syria. These offers included guarantees of safety and protection for my children and even financial security. It doesn't take a genius to know what these people were really after. It was a deliberate attempt to shatter people's confidence in their president." (Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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Syrian director Humam Husari (wearing pink) directs actors while cameraman Sami al-Shami (wearing white) operates a camera as they film a scene in the rebel-held besieged town of Zamalka, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "SYRIA FILM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
Syrian director Humam Husari (wearing pink) and cameraman Sami al-Shami (far right) operate a camera as they film a scene in the rebel-held besieged town of Zamalka, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "SYRIA FILM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
Syrian director Humam Husari (center left) and cameraman Sami al-Shami (center right) operate a camera as they film a scene in the rebel-held besieged town of Zamalka, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "SYRIA FILM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
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Syrian director Humam Husari (R) and cameraman Sami al-Shami (C) operate a camera as they film a scene in the rebel-held besieged town of Zamalka, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "SYRIA FILM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
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Crew of a film directed by Humam Husari (raising his hand) gather on a table after the end of filming in the rebel-held besieged town of Zamalka, in the rebel held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria October 6, 2016.REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "SYRIA FILM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
Crew of a film directed by Humam Husari grill meat after the end of filming in the rebel held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "SYRIA FILM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
Director Humam Husari edits his film after finishing the filming at his office in the rebel held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "SYRIA FILM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
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