Syria: Lavrov, Assad resignation "unrealistic"

Al-Qaeda third force of concern, says Russian FM

16 July, 12:56

(ANSAmed) - Moscow, July 16 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is unlikely to be persuaded to resign from power, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

"Some say that the key to the Syrian solution is to be found in Moscow. We are told we must persuade Assad to step down voluntarily, but this is unrealistic," he said. The head of Moscow's diplomatic service also said he was very worried that al Qaeda is growing to become a third force in Syria. "We are very worried that, judging by numerous reports from the country, the so-called third force represented by al-Qaeda and other extremist organisations close to al-Qaeda has become active in the country," he added. (ANSAmed).


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