Syria's Assad says open to dialog with US -CBS interview

By REUTERS
March 27, 2015 03:42

 
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WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialog with the United States, but there can be no "pressuring of the sovereignty" of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired on Thursday.

Asked about recent comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry that Washington would have to negotiate with the Syrian leader to end the conflict there, Assad said: "As principal, in Syria we could say that every dialog is a positive thing, and we are going to be open to any dialog with anyone, including the United States, regarding anything based on mutual respect."

While saying there had been no direct communication between Damascus and Washington, Assad, who has been fighting Islamist and other rebels since 2011, added: "Any dialog is positive, as I said, in principal, of course, without pressuring the sovereignty of Syria."



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