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Draft opposition statement calls for Assad to leave at start of transition

RIYADH - The draft of a final statement by a Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh calls for the departure of President Bashar Assad at the beginning of any transition, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Wednesday.
An array of opposition groups and figures began meeting earlier in the day in a bid to unify the group's position ahead of UN-backed peace talks to end the country's six-year civil war.Some opposition members have hinted that the new communique could drop any mention of Assad, softening a long-standing demand that he not have a role in any transition.
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