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Syria: Assad calls for diplomatic actions from Kerry, not just words01:20

Syria: Assad calls for diplomatic actions from Kerry, not just words

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
March 16, 2015 at 16:16 GMT -00:00 · Published

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday that Syria would wait for concrete indications of intent from the US following US Secretary of State John Kerry's statement that he wanted to "re-ignite" negotiations with Assad to help bring an end to the Syrian conflict. Washington has in the past repeatedly stated that Assad should stand down as part of a political deal.

Assad made the comments after receiving Iranian Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Tayebnia and his accompanying delegation in Damascus.

President al-Assad also reportedly stressed that Syria's economic problems have partially resulted from "aggression" waged against the country, represented through the blockade imposed on the Syrian people and the destruction of the country's infrastructure. He stressed that support provided by allied countries, above all Iran, had had a great effect in boosting the "steadfastness" of the Syrian people.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday that Syria would wait for concrete indications of intent from the US following US Secretary of State John Kerry's statement that he wanted to "re-ignite" negotiations with Assad to help bring an end to the Syrian conflict. Washington has in the past repeatedly stated that Assad should stand down as part of a political deal.

Assad made the comments after receiving Iranian Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Tayebnia and his accompanying delegation in Damascus.

President al-Assad also reportedly stressed that Syria's economic problems have partially resulted from "aggression" waged against the country, represented through the blockade imposed on the Syrian people and the destruction of the country's infrastructure. He stressed that support provided by allied countries, above all Iran, had had a great effect in boosting the "steadfastness" of the Syrian people.

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