Qatar says Putin's Syria plan ignores root cause of crisis

September 29, 2015 04:47

Qatar's foreign minister said on Monday there was general international agreement with Russia on its call to fight Islamic State, but cautioned that it failed to tackle the root cause of the crisis in Syria, which was President Bashar Assad.

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Khaled al-Attiyah also said it was time for Gulf Arab states and Iran to hold "serious dialogue" and discuss all issues to normalize ties."Nobody can reject Mr Putin's call for an alliance against terrorism, but ... we need to treat the cause," he said. "We believe strongly that the Syrian regime, namely Bashar Assad, is the real cause."

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