Syrians must decide fate of Assad, foreign minister says

By REUTERS
January 22, 2014 11:52






MONTREUX - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem said on Wednesday that only the Syrian people can decide the fate of President Bashar Assad.



Moualem, in a lengthy speech to the start of an international conference in the Swiss resort of Montreux, also called on foreign powers to stop "supporting terrorism" and to lift sanctions against Damascus.



"We came here as representatives of the Syrian people and state and everybody should know that nobody in this world has the right to withdraw the legitimacy of a president or government ... other than the Syrians themselves," he declared.

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