G8 leaders dodge fate of Assad in final communique

June 18, 2013 17:49

LONDON - G8 leaders failed to mention the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a final communique on Tuesday that called for an end to the bloodshed and peace talks as soon as possible.

"We remain committed to achieving a political solution to the crisis based on a vision for a united inclusive and democratic Syria," according to a copy of the final communique seen by Reuters."We strongly endorse the decision to hold as soon as possible the Geneva conference on Syria," said the communique, which made no mention of Assad.

G8 leaders also called on the Syrian authorities and the opposition to commit to destroying all organizations affiliated with al-Qaida.

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