(CBSNEWS) — Appearing Sunday on “Face the Nation,” Charlie Rose for the first time discussed sitting down with President Bashar Assad for his only television interview since President Obama asked Congress to approve a military strike against Syria.

Speaking with Bob Schieffer, the “CBS This Morning” co-host previewed the interview – held Sunday at the Presidential Palace in Damascus – which is Assad’s first with an American TV network in nearly two years. Rose reported the Syrian leader addressed allegations that his regime used chemical weapons against his own people.

Rose told “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley that the Syrian dictator was “remarkably calm” during the interview.

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