Syrian minister, in Iran, says no talk of transition

BEIRUT - Syria's deputy foreign minister dismissed on Tuesday the idea of a "transitional period" in his country, signalling the government's rejection of a political transition sought by Western powers to end a protracted conflict.
The comments by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad during an official visit to Tehran were reported by the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV.
"We are talking about a national dialogue in Syria and an expanded government and a constitutional process. We are not at all talking about what is called a transitional period," Mekdad was quoted as saying.
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