A pro-Syrian regime activist, one holding up a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, takes part in a protest against the Israeli attacks on Syria as they rally outside the United Nations offices in the capital Sanaa, on May 7, 2013. Israeli air raids on Syria at the weekend killed at least 42 soldiers, a watchdog said, fuelling international concern over a spillover of the conflict, as Damascus warned it would strike back. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED HUWAIS
Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) receives Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) May 10, 2010 in Damascus, Syria. Medvedev is on a two-day state visit and will hold talks focusing on the bilateral relationship between Syria and Russia, amongst other matters.
Princess Letizia of Spain, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Syrian Arab Republic President Bashar al-Assad, his wife Asma al-Assad, Queen Sofia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain pose for photographers at Zarzuela Palace on July 4, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.