Syrian President Bashar al-Assad believes the executive order adopted by Donald Trump is meant for terrorists and not for Syrian citizens.
"They are in Palmyra now and in the eastern part of Syria", he added.
"You have ISIS close to Damascus, you have them everywhere", Assad said, using another acronym for IS.
Mr Assad denied that his government uses torture and repeated his rejection of allegations by Amnesty International of killings and violence perpetrated on prisoners at a complex near Damascus.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be the new boy on the block in Geneva, allowing many fellow diplomats a first chance to meet the new American envoy and attempt to glean a clear US policy.
Trump has not yet set out a clear policy on Syria but has indicated he could cut US support for insurgent groups and has said he wants to mend ties with Russian Federation, whose President Vladimir Putin is Assad's strongest worldwide ally. Torture for what?. For sadism?.to get information?
Assad has repeatedly criticized Western leaders for supporting the Syrian opposition, which he describes as terrorists. "And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany", Assad said in the interview with Europe 1 radio and TF1 television which was recorded on Tuesday in English. We have all the information.
He argued: "If we commit such atrocities it's going to play into the hands of the terrorists, they're going to win".
Bashar al-Assad said on in an interview with French media broadcast on Thursday that the travel ban, which included an indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees, was created to prevent "terrorists" from infiltrating the US.
Disputes over the agenda have helped to torpedo previous rounds of Syria peace talks.
Representatives from the Syrian government and rebel groups were holding fresh talks in Kazakhstan on Thursday with Russia, Turkey and Iran to bolster a fragile six-week ceasefire.
Pointing to the challenge facing the United Nations -led talks, separate Syria talks that had been due to take place in Kazakhstan were postponed on Wednesday for one day.