Queen Rania of Jordan has spoken to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s wife Asma to ask about the political situation in the country, an Arabic newspaper has reported.
London-based al-Quds al-Arabi reported that Mrs Assad said: “Our situation is excellent and we have no concerns, thanks to Allah,” despite reports of thousands of opposition fighters and civilians killed in escalating violence.
Their Jordanian source added that Mrs Assad then told Queen Rania: “But we have heard worrying reports from your country and wish to make sure you are doing OK.”
According to the newspaper, Prince El-Hassan bin Talal, the uncle of King Abdallah II of Jordan, told Jordanian television that his nephew had phoned Mr Assad a number of times to try to encourage him to start reform in Syria.
Meanwhile, Tunisia’s president has said he is ready to offer asylum to Mr Assad as part of a negotiated solution to end the Syrian conflict.
Moncef Marzouki said the offer would also extend to Mr Assad’s associates in an interview on the website of French-language daily La Presse.
Tunisia was the first Arab nation to overthrow its autocratic leader – former president Ben Ali fled the country a year ago amid mass protests. It was also the first country to recall its ambassador from Syria in protest at the regime’s violence.