Report: Ahmadinejad calls on Assad to talk with opposition

August 25, 2011 10:20


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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to open dialogue with opposition groups in the country in order to end more than four months of violence that has reportedly left at least 2,000 people dead.

"The people and government of Syria must come together to reach an understanding," Ahmadinejad said on Lebanese, Hezbollah-run Al-Manar television, according to a Now Lebanon/AFP report .

"When there is a problem between the people and their leaders they must sit down together to reach a solution, away from violence," he said.

The Iranian president added that "one must not kill the other, because killing, whichever side is responsible, serves Zionist interests."

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