BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday that Arab and international
efforts to end the conflict in Syria have moved away from demanding that
Syrian President Bashar Assad steps down and now appear focused on
achieving political dialogue.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, a key Assad ally, said that rebels
who have fought a year-long campaign to oust Assad were incapable of
toppling him and that the option of foreign military intervention in
Syria was a "closed subject."
Hezbollah has relied on Syria as a main political backer and is also
accused of using the country as a transit point for arms sent from its
main bankroller, Iran.
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