LIVE NOW: Syria President Bashar al-#Assad making rare public statement

LIVE NOW: #Syria President Bashar al-#Assad making rare public statement

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced what he described as a peace plan on Sunday, calling for a reconciliation conference with “those who have not betrayed Syria”, to be followed by the formation of a new government and an amnesty.

“The first stage of a political solution would require that regional powers stop funding and arming (the opposition), an end to terrorist operations and controlling the borders,” he said in a speech in central Damascus, his first public comments in months.

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Turkey’s foreign minister says Assad’s speech was a repetition of empty promises and that a swift transition is needed in Syria – @Reuters

Full translation from Assad speech:


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