Damascus rejects any discussion of presidency at talks

The Syrian government said on Saturday it would not hold talks with any party wishing to discuss the question of the presidency, calling President Bashar Assad a "red line" as it confirmed its participation in UN-led peace talks next week.
"We will not talk to anyone who talks about the position of the presidency. Bashar is a red line, the property of the Syrian people," Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said during a televised news conference in Damascus. "I advise them that if this is their thinking, they shouldn't come to the talks."
"They must abandon these delusions."