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Syria's Assad says peace talks priority is to discuss terrorism
By REUTERS
01/20/2014

The primary objective of Syria peace talks in Switzerland this week is to discuss "the fight against terrorism," Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with AFP news agency published on Monday.

"The Geneva conference must lead to clear results regarding the fight against terrorism ... that would be the most important result of the conference. Any political result that did not include the fight against terrorism would have no value," said Assad, who is embroiled in an almost three-year-old war with rebels fighting to topple him.

He said there was a "good chance" he would run in a presidential election set for June and ruled out the opposition National Coalition obtaining any ministerial positions in a new government, calling this "totally unrealistic."

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